James (Jim) Prime

1960 -

Musician. Born in Kilmarnock (East Ayrshire), Prime was responsible for the keyboards in rock band Deacon Blue, which was named after a Steely Dan song of the 1970s. The band was formed in Glasgow in 1985 by Ricky Ross (b.1957) and comprised Prime, Graeme Kelling (1957 - 2004) on guitar, vocalist Lorraine McIntosh (b.1964), bass guitarist Ewan Vernal (b.1964) and Dougie Vipond (b.1966) on drums.

Their debut album Raintown (1987) was well-received and followed by others such as When The World Knows Your Name (1989) and Whatever You Say, Say Nothing (1993), with a succession of chart-topping hits including Dignity and Real Gone Kid, which made the top-ten in the UK. The band grew to be one of Scotland's best-known acts of the 1980s, but split in 1994. They reformed to produce further albums; namely Walking Back Home (1999) and Homesick (2001).

Prime lectures at the University of Paisley.

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