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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After Parkinson's diagnosis, Neil Diamond thanks fans, says support 'makes me smile'
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A day after revealing he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, Neil Diamond thanked his fans.
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Neil Diamond, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, has Parkinson's disease
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Days shy of his 77th birthday, the rock legend is retiring and offered his "sincerest apologies" to those who planned to see him perform
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Neil Diamond Reveals He Has Parkinson's Disease, Retires From Live Performances
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But the music legend says he's not finished yet.
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Neil Diamond diagnosed with Parkinson's
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Entertainer Neil Diamond has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, prompting the singer to retire from touring.
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Neil Diamond announces Parkinson's diagnosis, immediate retirement - USA TODAY
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USA TODAY Neil Diamond announces Parkinson's diagnosis, immediate retirement USA TODAY Neil Diamond has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, the singer revealed on his website Monday. The legendary musician will be retiring, and has canceled the third leg of this 50th Anniversary tour. “It is with great reluctance and disappointment ... Neil Diamond, 76, Announces Parkinson's Diagnosis & Retirement From Touring: Fans Send LoveHollywood Life Neil Diamond Retires From Touring After Parkinson's Disease DiagnosisRollingStone.com Neil Diamond retires from touring following Parkinson's disease diagnosisEW.com (blog) PEOPLE.com -Vulture -Billboard -International Business Times all 226 news articles »
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Hard Times
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Did you know that Neil Diamond is a ten on the Mohs Scale of Hardness? In honor of our venue, Orlando's Hard Rock Live, we rewrote famous rock 'n roll songs to be about things that are hard.
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From sex bomb to philosopher: How Neil Diamond celebrated 50 years in show business
LATimes - 7 months
You’ve seen the photos and the videos, or perhaps you were there to see for yourself. Either way, you’re familiar with the figure Neil Diamond used to cut onstage: the long-haired showman sweating beneath his sequins, a look of ecstatic abandon on his face as he delivered the secular gospel of...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Neil Diamond
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    On the same day, he announced a 2015 "Melody Road" World Tour.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    However, in 2014, he said in an interview on the Today Show that it was written for his wife, Marcia.
  • 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.
    On April 20, 2013, Diamond made an unannounced appearance at Fenway Park to sing "Sweet Caroline" during the 8th inning.
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  • 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.
    On August 10, 2012, Diamond received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 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.
    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.
    In December he received a lifetime achievement award from the Kennedy Center at the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors.
    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.
    2011 and 2012 were marked by several milestones in Diamond's career.
  • 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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    On October 13, 2009, he released A Cherry Cherry Christmas, his third album of holiday music.
    Long loved in Boston, Diamond was invited to sing at the July 4, 2009 holiday celebration.
    Diamond was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year on February 6, 2009, two nights prior to the 51st Annual Grammy Awards.
  • 2008
    On August 25, 2008, Diamond performed at Ohio State University while suffering from laryngitis.
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    On June 29, 2008, Diamond played to an estimated 108,000 fans at the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England.
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    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.
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    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.
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    On May 2, 2008, Sirius Satellite Radio started Neil Diamond Radio.
    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.
  • 2007
    In 2007, Diamond was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
  • 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.
  • 2000
    In 2000, Johnny Cash recorded the album American III: Solitary Man, and won a Grammy Award for his cover of "Solitary Man".
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    He began a lengthy relationship with Australian Rae Farley in 1996, after the two met in Brisbane, Australia.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 1992
    In 1992, he performed for President George H.W. Bush's final Christmas in Washington NBC special.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    His "America" became the theme song for the Michael Dukakis 1988 presidential campaign.
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  • 1987
    In January 1987, Diamond sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl.
  • 1986
    He released his 17th studio album in 1986, Headed for the Future, which reached number 20 on the Billboard 200 rank.
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    Billboard magazine ranked Diamond as the most profitable solo performer of 1986.
    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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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    He performed at Woburn Abbey on July 2, 1977, to an audience of 55,000 British fans.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    In 1976, he released Beautiful Noise, produced by Robbie Robertson of The Band.
  • 1974
    In 1974, Diamond released the album Serenade, from which "Longfellow Serenade" and "I've Been This Way Before" were issued as singles.
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  • 1973
    In 1973, Diamond switched labels again, returning to Columbia Records for a million-dollar-advance-per-album contract.
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  • 1972
    In 1972, Diamond played 10 sold-out concerts at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • OTHER
  • 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.
    Diamond began to feel restricted by Bang Records. He wanted to record more ambitious, introspective music, like his autobiographical "Brooklyn Roads" from 1968.
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  • 1966
    In 1966, Diamond signed a deal with Bert Berns's Bang Records, then a subsidiary of Atlantic.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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).
  • 1962
    Later in 1962, Diamond signed with the Columbia Records label as a solo performer.
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  • 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.
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  • 1941
    Born on January 24, 1941.
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