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Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond is a pop icon with hit songs and sold-out concerts spanning three decades. Born in Brooklyn in 1941, he began songwriting as a young teenager. In 1966, Diamond recorded what would become his first three hit singles: Solitary Man, Cherry, Cherry and I Got The Feeling (Oh No, No). He also scored his first No. 1 record as a writer with the Monkees' I'm a Believer.

In 1969, Diamond had his biggest record of the early years, Sweet Caroline, from the album "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show/Sweet Caroline. The following year, he released the album Touching You Touching Me, which included the hit single Holly Holy." He released many other albums during this period, with hits like the No. 1 Cracklin' Rosie, Song Sung Blue (also No. 1) and I Am... I Said.

Diamond's reputation as a charismatic performer grew steadily in the '70s. In 1972, the Schubert Organization presented him in concert for a record-setting 20 performances of a one-man show at the Winter Garden Theater, making Diamond the first rock-era superstar to headline on Broadway.

In 1973, he signed with Columbia. His first release for the label, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, became his No. 2 all-time best seller and earned him Grammy and Golden Globe Awards. In 1974, he released Serenade, which yielded the hit Longfellow Serenade. In 1976, he recorded the platinum Beautiful Noise. On the singles charts, his 1978 duet ballad with Barbra Streisand, You Don't Bring Me Flowers, reached No. 1. The album by the same name, as well as I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight (1977) and September Morn (1980), continued his streak of platinum albums.

In 1980, Diamond not only starred in the remake of the movie classic The Jazz Singer, but composed and performed the film's multi-platinum soundtrack album.

The '90s have served to further Diamond's standing as one of his generation's premier performers. Diamond's track record is extraordinary: almost 60 hits in the United States, over 30 charting albums and one of the Top 20 most successful artists ever in the USA. His success in the United Kingdom and Australia is comparable. To this day he remains one of the rock era's greatest live solo performers and recording artists.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

Neil Diamond Facts

Birth NameNoah Kaminsky
BirthdayJanuary 24, 1941 (83)
BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York, USA
Height5' 9" (1m75)  How tall is Neil Diamond compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Neil Diamond
Hot August Night / NYC
Neil Diamond: Hot August Night / NYC
Neil Diamond: Thank You Australia Concert
Diamond, Neil
The Jazz Singer
The Last Waltz
Tale of a Vampire
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