Now at the top of his game, Phil Murray began serious performing in 1968.
He achieved his first success in U-Boat, with Spider from Mars Woody Woodmansey, during the seventies, before becoming Mickie Most’s prediction for stardom in the eighties. “From Newcastle, I gave you The Animals in the sixties, and now I present another Geordie, and predict the 80s as Phil Murray’s decade!”
Phil was renamed Blackie by Mickie, because of his long dark hair, and appeared on RAK Records with Suzi Q, Hot Chocolate, Smokie, Racey and Exile, along with two of his own records, Making A Bad Boy Good, written by Alan Tarney at the same time as he wrote We Don’t Talk Anymore for Cliff, and For Your Love, written by Gloria Macari for Suzi Quatro, but nabbed by Mickie at the last minute for Phil.
Three albums and numerous singles on, Phil returned to his love of that magical David Bowie time period of the early seventies, to perform nationwide, the Spirit of Ziggy Stardust show with his band The Diamond Dogz.
Phil Murray’s Diamond Dogz 2 x 60 minute set list Intro music: A Clockwork Orange (1 minute) First Set: Life On Mars The Jean Genie Starman Ziggy Stardust – Five Years New Killer Star Space Oddity Rebel Rebel Get It On Man Who Sold The World All The Madmen Drive In Saturday Hang On To Yourself All The Young Dudes Queen Bitch Second Set: Fashion Watch That Man Ashes to Ashes Waiting For The Man Medley Children of the Revolution Diamond Dogs Heroes Absolute Beginners 20th Century Boy Suffragette City Cracked Actor Blockbuster Encore: Rock and Roll Suicide Moonage Daydream Spare: Sorrow; Money; Fox On The Run; Oh You Pretty Things; Mama We’re All Crazy Now; Devil Gate Drive; Love Is The Drug; Wild Thing.