The ’59 2018 #163: 180612
Sade – Diamond Life (1984)
This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 26 – 1984
Diamond Life was Sade’s debut studio album released in the United Kingdom on 16 July 1984 by Epic Records and in the United States on 27 February 1985 by Portrait Records.
After studying fashion design, and later modelling, Sade Adu began backup singing with a band called ‘Pride’ which, with Paul Anthony Cook, Paul Denman and Stuart Matthewman became ‘Sade’. Following various demos and performances, Sade received interest from record labels and later signed to Epic.
Recording for the album began in 1983 at The Power Plant in London and took a total of six weeks to complete.
Upon release, Diamond Life was met with acclaim from music critics and went on to win the Brit Award for Best British Album in 1985. Commercially the album was a success charting highly in the UK and US, It spawned four singles including the hit singles “Your Love Is King” and “Smooth Operator”.