Gregg Diamond

Gregg Diamond

Gregg Diamond (1949 - March 14, 1999) was a pianist, drummer, songwriter, and producer who was active in the jazz and disco music scenes of the 1970s.

Diamond wrote the song "Hot Butterfly," which was released in 1978 under one of his group's names, Bionic Boogie, with Luther Vandross providing lead vocals. The song was later covered by David Lasley and Chaka Khan. His other popular songs included "Risky Changes" (released by Bionic Boogie in 1977), "Dance Little Dreamer" (released by Bionic Boogie in 1977), "Cream (Always Rises to the Top)" (released by Bionic Boogie in 1978), "Starcruisin'" (1978), "Fancy Dancer" (1978), and "Tiger, Tiger (Feel Good For a While)" (1979).

Diamond's association with Vandross came off the success of David Bowie's "Young Americans" album, which both Luther and Gregg's brother Godfrey—his full time engineer—contributed to.

He also produced a breakout album for TK recording artist George McCrae, scoring a massive club hit with "Love In Motion", which Diamond produced and wrote.

His biggest commercial success was as writer and producer of the single "More, More, More" recorded by the The Andrea True Connection in 1975.

Diamond was also a member of the backing band for Jobriath, The Creatures.

He died of gastrointestinal bleeding on March 14 1999 at the age of 49.

See also

* List of Number 1 Dance Hits (United States)
* List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart

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