Neil Diamond

Singer/songwriter/performing Artist

Neil Leslie Diamond is an American singer-songwriter with a career that began in the 1960s. Diamond had sold over 125 million records worldwide including 48 million in the United States alone. He is considered to be the third most successful adult contemporary artist ever on the Billboard chart behind Barbra Streisand and Elton John. His songs have been covered internationally by many performers from various musical genres.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Neil Diamond.


1941 Birth Born on January 24, 1941.


1960 19 Years Old Diamond next attended New York University as a pre-med major on a fencing scholarship. His skill at fencing made him a member of the 1960 NCAA men's championship team. … Read More


1962 - 1965 3 More Events
1966 25 Years Old 1 More Event
The unintended, but happy, consequence was that Diamond began to gain fame not only as a singer and performer, but also as a songwriter. "I'm a Believer" was the Popular Music Song of the Year in 1966. … Read More
1968 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Diamond began to feel restricted by Bang Records. He wanted to record more ambitious, introspective music, like his autobiographical "Brooklyn Roads" from 1968. … Read More
1969 28 Years Old After "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show" in February 1969, his sound mellowed, with such songs as "Sweet Caroline" (1969), "Holly Holy" (1969), "Cracklin' Rosie" (1970) and "Song Sung Blue" (1972), the last two reaching No. 1 on the Hot 100. "Sweet Caroline" was Diamond's first major hit after his slump. … Read More


1971 - 1974 4 More Events
In 1976, he released Beautiful Noise, produced by Robbie Robertson of The Band.
1977 36 Years Old 1 More Event
He performed at Woburn Abbey on July 2, 1977, to an audience of 55,000 British fans. … Read More
1978 37 Years Old That version hit No. 1 in 1978, his third song to top the Hot 100. They appeared unannounced for the Grammy awards ceremony in 1980, where they performed a duet of the song to a surprised audience. … Read More
1979 38 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 1979, the uptempo "Forever in Blue Jeans", co-written with his guitarist, Richard Bennett, was released as a single from You Don't Bring Me Flowers, Diamond's album from the previous year.


Diamond's record sales slumped somewhat in the 1980s and 1990s, his last single to make the Billboard's Pop Singles chart coming in 1986. … Read More
1987 46 Years Old In January 1987, Diamond sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl.
1988 47 Years Old His "America" became the theme song for the Michael Dukakis 1988 presidential campaign. … Read More


1992 - 1993 2 More Events
1994 53 Years Old Urge Overkill recorded a version of Diamond's "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" for Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, released in 1994.
1996 55 Years Old He began a lengthy relationship with Australian Rae Farley in 1996, after the two met in Brisbane, Australia. … Read More
2000 59 Years Old In 2000, Johnny Cash recorded the album American III: Solitary Man, and won a Grammy Award for his cover of "Solitary Man". … Read More


2006 - 2007 2 More Events
On March 19, 2008, it was announced on the television show American Idol that Diamond would be a guest mentor to the remaining Idol contestants who would be singing Diamond songs for the broadcasts of April 29 and 30, 2008. on the April 30th broadcast, Diamond premiered a new song, "Pretty Amazing Grace", from his album Home Before Dark.
Diamond was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year on February 6, 2009, two nights prior to the 51st Annual Grammy Awards.
2010 69 Years Old On November 2, 2010, he released the album Dreams, a collection of 14 interpretations of his favorite songs by artists from the rock era. … Read More
2011 and 2012 were marked by several milestones in Diamond's career.
2012 71 Years Old 1 More Event
On August 10, 2012, Diamond received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2013 72 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 20, 2013, Diamond made an unannounced appearance at Fenway Park to sing "Sweet Caroline" during the 8th inning. … Read More
However, in 2014, he said in an interview on the Today Show that it was written for his wife, Marcia.
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