Ph.D was the coming together of three hugely experienced and respected musicians - Jim Diamond, Tony Hymas and Simon Phillips.
The self-titled Ph.D album was originally issued in 1981 and was what is known in the business as a ‘slow burner’. The single ‘I Won't Let You Down’ received encouraging airtime on radio in the UK but initially seemed to stall. However a few months later radio picked up on the single in a big way and it was re-promoted, sending it this time into the Top 10 of the singles chart peaking at No. 3. The album was also repackaged and re-promoted.
Watch Ph.D performing "I Won't Let You Down" on Top Of The Pops in 1982...
Following the release of the album Ph.D would go on to record one more album in the 80s before going their separate ways, with Diamond and Hymas eventually re-forming in the 90s. Jim Diamond went on to score two hit singles as a solo artist in the 80s, ‘I Should Have Known Better’ reaching No.1 and ‘Hi Ho Silver’ (theme tune to the ‘Boon’ TV series) reaching No.5. Tony Hymas returned to play and record with Jeff Beck.
2009's 'Three' (as the title suggests) was the third album to come from Jim Diamond (vocals) and Tony Hymas (keyboards) under the name 'Ph.D'. It began life in late 2006 and was the first album of new material from Ph.D. for more than 25 years! As such, it was hotly anticipated by the band's cult fan base. Original drummer Simon Phillips plays on 3 tracks. Both the album and the "Drivetime" Single EP can be downloaded from iTunes - Album EP.
Before Ph.D Jim Diamond had been the vocalist with British rock band ‘Bandit’ who released two albums for Arista Records.
Tony Hymas and Simon Phillips were members of the Jeff Beck Group during Jeff’s popular late 70s fusion period. Tony recorded and co-wrote tracks on Jeff’s 1980 album 'There and Back' and was also a member of the Jack Bruce band in addition to being a classical and jazz composer and pianist.
Simon Phillips was already a seasoned session drummer. He’s arguably best known now for his time with Toto, but has played with numerous acts and artists including The Who, Mike Oldfield and Phil Manzanera.