Neil Diamond
American singer/songwriter/performing artist
Neil Diamond
Neil Leslie Diamond is an American singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades from the 1960s until the present. As of 2001, Diamond had sold over 115 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.
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Trump Blows Up Statue Of Liberty
Huffington Post - about 1 month
For an alternate view--the American View--let us turn to Neil Diamond: Far We've been traveling far Without a home But not without a star Free Only want to be free We huddle close Hang on to a dream On the boats and on the planes They're coming to America Never looking back again They're coming to America Home, don't it seem so far away Oh, we're traveling light today In the eye of the storm In the eye of the storm Home, to a new and a shiny place Make our bed, and we'll say our grace Freedom's light burning warm Freedom's light burning warm Everywhere around the world They're coming to America Every time that flag's unfurled They're coming to America Got a dream to take them there They're coming to America Got a dream they've come to share They're coming to America They're coming to America They're coming to America They're coming to America They're coming to America Today, today, today, today, today My country 'tis of thee ...
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On Inauguration Eve, Trumpsters Party In The 'Swamp' Of Washington
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Neil Diamond On Loving Christmas Music As A Jew
NPR - 2 months
Diamond says that for him and other Jewish artists, Christmas music is a way to catch up on what they missed as kids. (Image credit: Micah Diamond/Courtesy of the artist)
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Holiday album roundup 2016: Garth, R. Kelly, Neil Diamond and more
LATimes - 3 months
The annual deluge of holiday releases seems to have a broader than usual range, from Georgian singer Katie Melua’s offering with Russian and Eastern European elements to R&B crooner R. Kelly’s pleasant surprise of a Christmas collection. There’s also the usual bevy of country artists weighing in,...
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These Gifts Are Scientifically Proven To Bring Real Happiness
Huffington Post - 3 months
It’s both a cliche and a scientific fact that experiences bring greater happiness than material possessions. But new research adds weight to this idea as it applies to gift-giving: According to one study, receiving an experience really is more meaningful. While material things might provide a boost of pleasure in the moment, they’re unlikely to do much for your happiness or well-being over time. So instead of buying sweaters and iPads for everyone on your list this year, consider giving something less tangible but potentially more impactful.  In a study published this month in the journal Emotion, psychologists found that experiential consumption fosters gratitude and giving, and that thinking about experiences promotes more altruistic behavior than thinking about possessions.  “We have found that people tend to be happier when they invest in experiences, because experiential purchases connect people to one another, enhance their sense of self, and, relative to material cons ...
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Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - 3 months
"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world! Whoa, fifty percent of the music just went away with one instrument! It is an instrument that is much more conspicuous by its absence than by its presence..." As told to this writer by Michael J. Visceglia, bassist, author, educator, recording artist The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were revealed a few weeks ago and I congratulate all the artists: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC 5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur, and Yes. Some of the choices are obvious to me, some less so. A few leave me bewildered, but that's rock and roll...the mistakes make the music real. And I see that a few of the nomi ...
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Without Further Ado, Here Is Every Cover Of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' We Could Find
Huffington Post - 4 months
We know there is a secret chord that every musician in the whole wide world has played, and it pleases us all. Or rather, chords. More specifically, the chords that make up “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, whose death was announced via Facebook on Thursday. And actually, some renditions might please us more than others.  More famous than the original is Jeff Buckley’s version, an emotional take whose quiet intensity most artists find themselves trying to imitate. It’s perhaps most closely followed by Rufus Wainwright’s version, which appeared on the soundtrack to millennial favorite “Shrek.” K.D. Lang has covered the song, as has Neil Diamond, Bon Jovi, several contenders on “The Voice,” more than a few (very impressive) a cappella groups and dozens of other instrumentalists and vocalists alike. Below we’ve compiled a Spotify playlist with 141 versions of the song after Cohen’s original. That’s 10-and-a-half hours of “Hallelujah,” plus a few YouTube videos for good measure. Enjoy ...
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Rugby-Super Rugby title for all Hurricanes past and present - Coles
Yahoo News - 7 months
By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Wellington Hurricanes captain Dane Coles dedicated his side's first Super Rugby title to the generation of players who had struggled for more than two decades to bring the championship to New Zealand's success-starved capital city. The Hurricanes finally ended their long title drought on Saturday with a comprehensive 20-3 victory over South Africa's Lions with flyhalf Beauden Barrett driving his team around the field and scoring 15 points in appalling weather conditions. "To bring a championship to the Hurricanes franchise is just awesome," Coles told reporters as Neil Diamond songs blasted from the team's adjacent dressing room.
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Clint Eastwood Rips 'Pussy Generation,' Says He'll Vote For Donald Trump
Huffington Post - 7 months
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Sia, Cat Power and Neil Diamond: Hear the Spotify playlist Rami Malek uses to prepare for 'Mr. Robot'
LATimes - 9 months
Rami Malek is swiping through screens, searching his Spotify app so he can find the playlist labeled "A+." These are the go-to songs he uses to tap into the loneliness that his "Mr. Robot" computer hacker, Elliot, often finds himself enveloped in. "I never listened to Neil Diamond prior and I didn't...
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Rock Hall announces 2016 presenters, non-performer inductee
NPR - about 1 year
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2016 inductee in the Ahmet Ertegun Lifetime Achievement Category. Producer Bert Berns will be posthumously inducted during the ceremony on April 8 in New York City. Berns helped discover Van Morrison and Neil Diamond, and he also wrote such hits as "Twist & Shout," "Piece of My Heart" and "Hang On, Sloopy." Rock Hall Vice President of Marketing Todd Mesek says Berns was influential in a number of ways in the 1960s. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.
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An Obsession With Bedding
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
Nell Diamond’s Hill House Home celebrates its launch with dinner and personalized pillows.
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Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 24-30
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Jan. 24: Actor Jerry Maren (Lollipop Kid from "The Wizard of Oz") is 97. Singer Ray Stevens is 77. Singer Aaron Neville is 75. Singer Neil Diamond is 75. Actor Michael Ontkean ("Twin Peaks") is 70. Country singer-songwriter Becky Hobbs is 66. Comedian Yakov Smirnoff is 65. Keyboardist-turned-TV personality Jools Holland (Squeeze) is 58. Actress Nastassja Kinski is 57. Drummer Keech Rainwater of Lonestar is 53. Singer Sleepy Brown of Society of Soul is 46. Actress Matthew Lillard ("Scooby-Doo," ''She's All That") is 46. Actress Merrilee McCommas ("Friday Night Lights," ''Family Law") is 45. Singer Beth Hart is 44. Actor Ed Helms ("The Office") is 42. Actress Tatyana Ali ("The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air") is 37. Actor Justin Baldoni ("Jane the Virgin") is 32. Actress Mischa Barton ("The O.C.") is 30.
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Here's Something You Don't Know About Bob Dylan -- Guaranteed!
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I was visiting the Museum of the City of New York this past weekend and drifted into the exhibit on Affordable Housing. There, amidst all the information about rent stabilization, rezoning of neighborhoods and vintage pamphlets on public housing, was a curious letter signed by Bob Dylan. "Could that be THE Bob Dylan?" I asked my wife, not that I've ever heard of another. The letter was dated November 16, 1970 and addressed to the city's first deputy commissioner for the department of Housing, Preservation and Development and sent by one of the developers of the Bay Towers, a Mitchell-Lama Development being built on Beach 98th Street in the Rockaways. The letter reads: "I enclose herewith Certificates of Interest duly executed by the following limited partners of Bay Towers Company." Bob Dylan is the first name listed, following by Neil Diamond at No. 2. The only other recognizable name is that of Oscar Dystel, a legendary publisher credited with saving Bantam Books. The ...
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What's a Nice Jewish Girl Like Me Doing in a Christmas Book?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I'm happy, as a Jewish writer, to be included in the new Chicken Soup For The Soul Christmas collection, which promises "101 Joyous Holiday Stories." (Actually, my own contribution is more flippant than joyous. But "100 Joyous Holiday Stories and One Flippant Holiday Story" doesn't really fly as a subtitle.) Over the years, Chicken Soup has welcomed a number of Jews into their holiday collections. "I was in the last one," my pal Risa Nye told me. "Oy! My bubbe would plotz." So why would a Jew want to be in a Christmas book? For one thing, it pays $200. Plus, as another pal joked when she heard the news, "If there's chicken soup, there should be at least one Jew, right?" There are, in fact, seven Jews in this new collection. So what did we add to a book destined to be shelved in the "Christian Living" section? Shari Cohen Forsythe describes the time a law school friend's family welcomed her into their home for the holidays. "Talk about a gefilte fish out of water ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Neil Diamond
  • 2015
    On the same day, he announced a 2015 "Melody Road" World Tour.
    More Details Hide Details The North American leg of the World Tour 2015 kicked off with a concert in Allentown, PA at the PPL Center on February 27 and ended at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on May 31, 2015. Diamond used new media platforms and social media extensively throughout the tour, streaming several shows live on Periscope and showing tweets from fans who used the hashtag #tweetcaroline on two large screens. The San Diego Union Tribune wrote: "This, my friends, wasn’t your grandfather’s Neil Diamond concert. It was a multimedia extravaganza. Twitter. Periscope It was a social media blitzkrieg that, by all accounts, proved to be an innovative way to widen his fan base." Diamond has always had a somewhat polarizing effect, best exemplified by the 1991 film What About Bob? There the protagonist posits, "There are two types of people in the world: those who like Neil Diamond and those who don't." The character of Bob attributes the failure of his marriage to his fiancee's fondness for Diamond. Another example of this love–hate dichotomy was shown in the Becker episode "It had to be Ew", largely devoted to ridiculing Diamond and his fans.
  • 2014
    Diamond said that his 2014 album Melody Road was fueled by his relationship with McNeil, explaining: "There's no better inspiration or motivation for work than being in love.
    More Details Hide Details It's what you dream of as a creative person. I was able to complete this album – start it, write it and complete it – under the spell of love, and I think it shows somehow." In addition to serving as Diamond's manager, McNeil produced the documentary Neil Diamond: Hot August Nights NYC.
    In September 2014, Diamond performed a surprise concert at Erasmus High School in Brooklyn.
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    On July 8, 2014, Capitol Records announced, via a flyer included with Diamond's latest greatest hits compilations, All-Time Greatest Hits, which charted at 15 in the Billboard 200, that his next album, Melody Road, which was to be produced by Don Was and Jacknife Lee, would be released on September 30, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details In August, the release date was moved to October 21.
    In January 2014, it was confirmed that Diamond had signed with the Capitol Music Group unit of Universal Music Group, which also owned Diamond's Uni/MCA catalog.
    More Details Hide Details UMG also took over Diamond's Columbia and Bang catalogues, which meant that all of his recorded output would be consolidated for the first time.
    However, in 2014, he said in an interview on the Today Show that it was written for his wife, Marcia.
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  • 2013
    Sporting a beard, Diamond performed live on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol as part of A Capitol Fourth, which was broadcast nationally by PBS on July 4, 2013.
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    On April 20, 2013, Diamond made an unannounced appearance at Fenway Park to sing "Sweet Caroline" during the 8th inning.
    More Details Hide Details It was the first game at Fenway since the bombings at the Boston Marathon. On July 2, he released the single "Freedom Song (They'll Never Take Us Down)", with 100% of the purchase price benefiting One Fund Boston and the Wounded Warrior Project.
  • 2012
    In November 2012, Diamond topped the bill in the centenary edition of the Royal Variety Performance in the UK (broadcast on December 3) He also appeared in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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    On August 10, 2012, Diamond received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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  • 2011
    The Very Best of Neil Diamond, a compilation CD of Diamond's 23 studio recordings from the Bang, UNI/MCA, & Columbia catalogs was released on December 6, 2011, on the Sony Legacy label.
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    On September 7, 2011, Diamond announced his engagement to his then 41-year-old manager Katie McNeil in a message on Twitter. On April 21, 2012, they married in front of family and close friends in Los Angeles.
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    In December he received a lifetime achievement award from the Kennedy Center at the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors.
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    On March 14, 2011 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City.
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    2011 and 2012 were marked by several milestones in Diamond's career.
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  • 2010
    On November 2, 2010, he released the album Dreams, a collection of 14 interpretations of his favorite songs by artists from the rock era.
    More Details Hide Details The album also included a new slow-tempo arrangement on his own song, "I'm a Believer". In December, he performed a track from the album, "Ain't No Sunshine" on NBC's The Sing-Off with Committed and Street Corner Symphony, two a cappella groups featured on the show.
  • 2009
    On October 13, 2009, he released A Cherry Cherry Christmas, his third album of holiday music.
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    Long loved in Boston, Diamond was invited to sing at the July 4, 2009 holiday celebration.
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    Diamond was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year on February 6, 2009, two nights prior to the 51st Annual Grammy Awards.
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  • 2008
    On August 25, 2008, Diamond performed at Ohio State University while suffering from laryngitis.
    More Details Hide Details The result disappointed him as well as his fans, and on August 26, he offered refunds to anyone who applied by September 5.
    On June 29, 2008, Diamond played to an estimated 108,000 fans at the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England.
    More Details Hide Details In August Diamond allowed cameras to record his entire four-night run at New York's Madison Square Garden and released it in the United States on August 14, 2009, on DVD, one year to the day of the first concert. Hot August Night/NYC debuted at No. 2 on the charts. On the same day the DVD was released, CBS aired an edited version of the DVD, which won the ratings hour with 13 million viewers. The next day, the sales of the DVD surged and prompted Sony to order more copies to meet the high demand.
    On April 28, 2008, Diamond appeared on the roof of the Jimmy Kimmel building to sing "Sweet Caroline" after Kimmel was jokingly arrested trying to sing the song dressed up as a Diamond impersonator.
    More Details Hide Details Home Before Dark was released May 6, 2008, and topped the album charts in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
    On April 8, 2008, Diamond made a surprise announcement in a big-screen broadcast at Fenway Park, that he would be appearing there "live in concert" on August 23, 2008, as part of his world tour.
    More Details Hide Details The announcement, which marked the first official confirmation of any 2008 concert dates in the US, came during the traditional eighth-inning sing-along of his "Sweet Caroline", which has become an anthem for Boston fans.
    On May 2, 2008, Sirius Satellite Radio started Neil Diamond Radio.
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    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.
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  • 2007
    In 2007, Diamond was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
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  • 2006
    Although Sardina had died in 2006, Diamond invited his widow and her family to be his front-row guests at his show in Milwaukee, where he told them he was moved by the film.
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  • 2000
    In 2000, Johnny Cash recorded the album American III: Solitary Man, and won a Grammy Award for his cover of "Solitary Man".
    More Details Hide Details 12 Songs, produced by Rick Rubin, was released on November 8, 2005, in two editions: a standard 12-song release, and a special edition with two bonus tracks, including one featuring backing vocals by Brian Wilson. The album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard chart, and received generally positive reviews; Earliwine describes the album as "inarguably Neil Diamond's best set of songs in a long, long time." 12 Songs also became noteworthy as one of the last albums to be pressed and released by Sony BMG with the Extended Copy Protection software embedded in the disc. (See the 2005 Sony BMG CD copy protection scandal.)
  • 1996
    He began a lengthy relationship with Australian Rae Farley in 1996, after the two met in Brisbane, Australia.
    More Details Hide Details The selections on the album Home Before Dark were written and composed during her struggle with chronic back pain.
  • 1994
    Urge Overkill recorded a version of Diamond's "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" for Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, released in 1994.
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  • 1993
    In 1993, Diamond opened the Mark of the Quad Cities (now the iWireless Center) with two shows on May 27 and 28 to a crowd of 27,000-plus.
    More Details Hide Details The 1990s also saw a resurgence in Diamond's popularity. "Sweet Caroline" became a popular sing-along at sporting events, starting with Boston College football and basketball games. Most notably it became the theme song for Red Sox Nation, the fans of the Boston Red Sox, although Diamond noted that he has been a lifelong fan of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers. Red Sox executive vice-president Dr. Charles Steinberg noted that the song entertains, engages, and with fan participation, the energy in the park changes. The song is also played during the 8th inning of every New York Mets home game. The New York Rangers have also adapted it as their own, and play it when they are winning at the end of the 3rd period. The Pitt Panthers football team also plays it after the third quarter of all home games, with the crowd cheering, "Let's go Pitt." The Carolina Panthers play it at the end of each home game when they win. The Davidson College pep band plays it at every Davidson Wildcats men's basketball home games, in the second half.
  • 1992
    In 1992, he performed for President George H.W. Bush's final Christmas in Washington NBC special.
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  • 1988
    His "America" became the theme song for the Michael Dukakis 1988 presidential campaign.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, UB40's reggae interpretation of Diamond's ballad "Red Red Wine" would top the Billboard's Pop Singles chart and, like the Monkees's version of "I'm a Believer", become better known than Diamond's original version. During the 1990s, Diamond produced six studio albums. He covered many classics from the movies and from famous Brill Building-era songwriters. He also released two Christmas albums, the first of which peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard's Album chart. Keeping his songwriting skills honed, Diamond also recorded two albums of mostly new material during this period.
  • 1987
    In January 1987, Diamond sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl.
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  • 1986
    He released his 17th studio album in 1986, Headed for the Future, which reached number 20 on the Billboard 200 rank.
    More Details Hide Details Three weeks later he starred in Hello Again, his first television special in nine years, where he performed comedy sketches and sang a duo medley with Carol Burnett.
    Billboard magazine ranked Diamond as the most profitable solo performer of 1986.
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    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.
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  • 1980
    A planned film version of "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" to star Diamond and Streisand fell through when Diamond instead starred in a 1980 remake of the Al Jolson classic The Jazz Singer (1980), alongside Laurence Olivier and Lucie Arnaz.
    More Details Hide Details Though the movie received poor reviews, the soundtrack spawned three Top 10 singles, "Love on the Rocks", "Hello Again", and "America", which had emotional significance for Diamond. "'America' was the story of my grandparents," he told an interviewer. "It's my gift to them, and it's very real for me... In a way, it speaks to the immigrant in all of us." The song was performed by Diamond during the finale of the film. The song was also the one he was most proud of, partly because of when it was later used: National news shows played it when the hostages were shown returning home after the Iran hostage crisis ended; it was played on the air during the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty; and at the tribute to Martin Luther King and the Vietnam Vets Welcome Home concert, he was asked to perform it live. At the time, a national poll found the song to be the number-one most recognized song about America, more than "God Bless America."
  • 1979
    In 1979, Diamond had collapsed on stage in San Francisco and was taken to the hospital where he endured a twelve-hour operation to remove what turned out to be a tumor on his spine.
    More Details Hide Details Juke Magazine, June 9, 1983. He said he had been losing feeling in his right leg "for a number of years but ignored it." When he collapsed, he had no strength in either leg. He underwent a long rehabilitation process just prior to beginning principal photography for his film The Jazz Singer (1980). He was so convinced he was going to die that he even wrote farewell letters to his friends.
    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.
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  • 1978
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His last 1970s album was September Morn, which included a new version of "I'm a Believer". It and "Red Red Wine" are his best-known original songs made more famous by other artists.
  • 1977
    In 1977, Diamond released I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight, including "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", for which he composed the music and on the writing of whose lyrics he collaborated with Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman.
    More Details Hide Details Barbra Streisand covered the song on her Songbird album, and later, a Diamond-Streisand duet, spurred by the success of radio mash-ups, was recorded.
    He performed at Woburn Abbey on July 2, 1977, to an audience of 55,000 British fans.
    More Details Hide Details The concert and interviews were taped by film director William Friedkin, who used six cameras to capture the performance.
  • 1976
    Diamond was paid $650,000 from the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, to open their new $10 million Theater For the Performing Arts on July 2, 1976.
    More Details Hide Details The show played through July 5, 1976, and drew sold out crowds for the 7,500 seat theater. a "who's who" of Hollywood attended opening night, ranging from Elizabeth Taylor to Chevy Chase, with Diamond walking out on stage to a standing ovation. He opened the show without music, but rather a story about an ex-girlfriend who dumped him before he became successful. His lead in line to the first song of the evening was, "You may have dumped me a bit too soon baby, because look who's standing here tonight."
    On Thanksgiving night, 1976, Diamond made an appearance at The Band's farewell concert, The Last Waltz, performing "Dry Your Eyes", which he had written and composed jointly with Robertson, and which had appeared on Beautiful Noise.
    More Details Hide Details He also joined the rest of the performers onstage at the end in a rendition of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released".
    In 1976, he released Beautiful Noise, produced by Robbie Robertson of The Band.
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  • 1974
    In 1974, Diamond released the album Serenade, from which "Longfellow Serenade" and "I've Been This Way Before" were issued as singles.
    More Details Hide Details The latter had been intended for the Jonathan Livingston Seagull score, but Diamond had completed it too late for inclusion in the same.
  • 1973
    In 1973, Diamond switched labels again, returning to Columbia Records for a million-dollar-advance-per-album contract.
    More Details Hide Details His first project, released as a solo album, was the soundtrack to Hall Bartlett's film version of Jonathan Livingston Seagull. The film received hostile reviews, did poorly at the box office and the album grossed more than the film did. Richard Bach, author of the best-selling source story, disowned the film and both he and Diamond sued director Bartlett, albeit for differing reasons; in Bach's case, it was because he felt the film omitted too much from the original novella whereas in Diamond's case, it was because he felt the film had butchered his score. "After Jonathan," Diamond declared, "I vowed never to get involved in a movie again unless I had complete control." Bartlett angrily responded to Diamond's lawsuit by criticizing his music as having become "too slick and it's not as much from his heart as it used to be." However, Bartlett also added, "Neil is extraordinarily talented. Often his arrogance is just a cover for the lonely and insecure person underneath."
  • 1972
    In 1972, Diamond played 10 sold-out concerts at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details The August 24 performance was recorded and released as the live double album Hot August Night, drawing its title from the opening words of "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show". That fall Diamond appeared over 20 consecutive nights at the Winter Garden Theater in New York City; the small (approximately 1,600-seat) Broadway venue provided an intimate concert setting not common at the time. Reportedly, every performance was a sellout. Hot August Night demonstrates Diamond's skills as a performer and showman, as he reinvigorated his back catalogue of hits with new energy. Many consider it his best work; critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine called Hot August Night "the ultimate Neil Diamond record... which shows Diamond the icon in full glory." The album became a classic, and was remastered in 2000 with three additional selections: "Walk on Water", "Kentucky Woman", and "Stones". In Australia, the album spent a remarkable 29 weeks at No. 1; in 2006, it was voted No. 16 in a poll of favourite albums of all time in Australia. Also, Diamond's final concert of his 1976 Australian Tour (The "Thank You Australia" Concert) was broadcast to 36 television outlets nationwide on March 6. It also set a record for the largest attendance at the Sydney Sports Ground. The 1976 concert, Love at the Greek, a return to the Greek Theatre, includes a version of "Song Sung Blue" with duets with Helen Reddy and Henry Winkler, a.k.a.
  • 1971
    The 1971 release "I Am I Said" was a Top 5 hit in both the US and UK and was his most intensely personal effort to date, taking upwards of four months to complete.
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  • 1969
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Diamond stated in 2007 that he had written "Sweet Caroline" for Caroline Kennedy after seeing her on the cover of Life in an equestrian riding outfit.
  • 1968
    After Diamond had signed a deal in 1968 with Uni Records (named after Universal Pictures, whose owner, MCA Inc., later consolidated its labels into MCA Records), he moved to Los Angeles in 1970.
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    Diamond began to feel restricted by Bang Records. He wanted to record more ambitious, introspective music, like his autobiographical "Brooklyn Roads" from 1968.
    More Details Hide Details Finding a loophole in his contract, he tried to sign with a new label, but the result was a series of lawsuits that coincided with a dip in his professional success. He eventually triumphed in court, and secured ownership of his Bang-era master recordings in 1977.
  • 1966
    In 1966, Diamond signed a deal with Bert Berns's Bang Records, then a subsidiary of Atlantic.
    More Details Hide Details His first release on that label, "Solitary Man", became his first true hit as a solo artist. Prior to the release of "Solitary Man", he had considered using a stage name; he came up with two possibilities, "Noah Kaminsky" and "Eice Charry". But when asked by Bang Records which name to use--Noah, Eice, or Neil--he thought of his grandmother, who had died prior to the release of "Solitary Man", and told Bang: " go with 'Neil Diamond' and I'll figure it out later." He never did, and his real name remained the identity by which he became known. Diamond later followed with "Cherry, Cherry", "Kentucky Woman", "Thank the Lord for the Night Time", "Do It", and others. Diamond's Bang recordings were produced by Brill Building songwriters Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, both of whom can be heard singing background on many of the tracks.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details "And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind" brought covers from Elvis Presley (who also interpreted "Sweet Caroline") and Mark Lindsay, former lead singer for Paul Revere & the Raiders. Other notable artists who recorded his early songs were the English hard-rock band Deep Purple, who interpreted "Kentucky Woman;" Lulu, who covered "The Boat That I Row"; and Cliff Richard, who released versions of "I'll Come Running", "Solitary Man", "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon", "I Got the Feelin' (Oh No No)", and "Just Another Guy".
  • 1965
    Diamond spent his early career as a songwriter in the Brill Building. His first success as a songwriter came in November 1965, with "Sunday and Me", a Top 20 hit for Jay and the Americans.
    More Details Hide Details Greater success as a writer followed with "I'm a Believer", "A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You", "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)", and "Love to Love", all performed by the Monkees. There is a popular misconception that he wrote and composed these songs specifically for the band; Diamond had actually written, composed, and recorded them for himself, but the cover versions were released before his own.
  • 1963
    Diamond has been married three times. In 1963, he married his high school sweetheart, school teacher Jaye Posner; they had two daughters, Marjorie and Elyn, before they separated in 1967 and divorced in 1969. He then married production assistant Marcia Murphey, with whom he had sons Jesse and Micah. This marriage ended in 1994 or 1995 (sources differ).
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  • 1962
    Later in 1962, Diamond signed with the Columbia Records label as a solo performer.
    More Details Hide Details Columbia released the single "At Night" b/w "Clown Town" in July 1963, which Billboard gave an excellent review, but still failed to chart. Columbia dropped him from their label and he was back to writing songs, in and out of publishing houses for the next seven years. He did songwriting wherever he could, including on buses, and used an upright piano above the Birdland Club in New York City. One of the causes of this early nomadic life as a songwriter was due to his songs having too many words: "I'd spent a lot of time on lyrics, and they were looking for hooks, and I didn't really understand the nature of that," he says. During those lean years, he was only able to sell about one song a week, barely enough to survive on. He found himself only earning enough to spend 35 cents a day on food. However, the privacy he had above the Birdland Club allowed him to focus on writing without distractions: "Something new began to happen," he says. "I wasn't under the gun, and suddenly interesting songs began to happen, songs that had things none of the others did." Among them were "Cherry, Cherry" and "Solitary Man".
  • 1960
    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.
    More Details Hide Details However, he was often bored in classes, and found writing song lyrics more to his liking. He began cutting classes and taking the train up to Tin Pan Alley where he tried to get some of his songs heard by local music publishers. By his senior year, and just 10 units short of graduating, Sunbeam Music Publishing offered him a 16-week job writing songs for $50 a week, and he dropped out of college to accept it. Later in his career he said, "If this darn songwriting thing hadn't come up, I would have been a doctor now." After his 16 weeks at Sunbeam Music were up, he was not rehired and then began writing and singing his own songs for demo purposes. "I never really chose songwriting," he says. "It just absorbed me and became more and more important in my life."
  • 1941
    Born on January 24, 1941.
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