The Diamonds

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The Diamonds  —  Wayne Allen (Drums), Phil Money (Vocals), Ray Messervy (Bass), Ted Meares (Rhythm Guitar), Dave Henderson (Lead Guitar).

Ray Messervy, Doug Petrie, Kaye Bassett, Jimmy Woods and Dave Henderson

Ray Messervy, Don Clarkson, Doug Petrie, Dave Henderson, Kaye Bassett, and Peter Nelson

The Diamonds appeared at The Zodiac Lounge, Friendship House, and The Bay Hall (Timaru).  The line-up shown at the top recorded two instrumentals on the Robbins label (RRSP 34) "Ventures In Paradise" b/w "Lucille".  The group played at The Safari Lounge in Tuam Street, Christchurch during 1963 and 1964, and at that time the band included female vocalist Kay Bassett, soon to be joined by Peter Nelson also on vocals.  Not long thereafter the band moved on to Wellington on the start of their route to stardom as Peter Nelson and The Castaways.