Eddie Diehl in his own words: "Born Eddie P. Diehl Jr. in Staten Island on June, 16, 1936. Was raised surrounded by music. My mother played piano, my father ukelele. There was ample influence from classical, pop and jazz. I played the uke during my 13th -14th years. Appeared on the Ted Mack radio show when I was 15. Started playing local gigs in senior year of high school. Moved to Manhattan in 1956. I worked at the NY Public Library where I met black musicians and started a decade long stint with social club dances for American, Cuban and Puerto Rican organizations. Played with the Nat Cole sing-alike Robert Harvel in '59. Others were Jack McDuff, Slide Hampton, Gloria Coleman, Miriam Makeba and Harry Belafonte. Later a short stint with Vic Damone. Then freelancing in NY with Bu Pleasant and Al Haig. Last steady work in the '70's was with the Billy Gardner Trio.
"I've lived in Poughkeepsie since 1984. I commuted to NYC in '85 to do a duo gig with Pat Patrick (father of Gov. Duval Patrick). Played thru the 90's with Harvey Kaiser's Kansas City Sound. Finally released a "solo" recording titled 'Eddie Diehl with Hank Jones: "Well, here it is."' Order online at: www.lineagerecords.com. "My abilities as a fretted instrument repair craftsman have filled in the financial cracks along the way since 1965."