He anchored “Australia’s Beatles!”
Dingeman Adriaan Henry van der Sluijs aka Dick Diamonde was The Easybeats' bassist for their entire career which spanned 1964-69 and one successful reunion jaunt in 1986. Most noted for their hit “Friday On My Mind,” waxed with Shel Talmy in the producer’s chair when the lads migrated to swingin’ London in ‘67, Diamonde worked the pocket with a booming resonance symbolic of the era.
The band split following a pair of commendable slabs which forsook their powerful pop inclinations for heady psychedelic prog -which failed to reach an audience. Guitarist / composer George Young’s siblings Angus and Malcom went on to fame and fortune with AC/DC, and along with his Easybeats partner Harry Vanda, Young formed Flash and the Pan whilst Diamonde toiled in several New South Wales ensembles garnering scant attention.