Neil Diamond

Happy Birthday

Neil Diamond
January 24, 1941
Brooklyn, NY

Neil Diamond is a singer, songwriter, actor and musician. Known as "The Jewish Elvis", Diamond had 38 top ten hits and sold over 100 million records worldwide. 

Neil was born in Brooklyn, NY and got his first guitar at age 16. Diamond spent the early part of his career as a songwriter in The Brill Building writing songs for The Monkees, Elvis, Deep Purple, Lulu and Cliff Richard. 

In 1966, Diamond signed a deal with Bert Berns's Bang Records, then a subsidiary of Atlantic. His first release on that label, "Solitary Man", became his first true hit as a solo artist. Diamond later followed with "Cherry, Cherry" and "Kentucky Woman".
In 1969, Diamond moved to Los Angeles, and his career skyrocketed. The hits just kept coming..."Red Red Wine", "Sweet Caroline", "Holly Holy", "Cracklin' Rosie", "Song Sung Blue", and "America".

Neil's Greek Theater performance on August 24, 1972, was recorded and released as the live double album "Hot August Night". "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

Diamond was quite the showman, and captivated audiences. His shiny shirts and bouffant hair had the ladies swooning. 

In the fall of 1972, Diamond performed for 20 consecutive nights at the Winter Garden Theater in New York City.

Neil recorded the soundtrack to Jonathan Livingston Seagull, and had the #1 hit duet with Barbara Streisand, "You Don't Bring Me Flowers". Diamond starred in the "Jazz Singer" with Laurence Olivier and Lucie Arnaz. 

Diamond had a legendary career and was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, The songwriters Hall of Fame and maybe even the Baseball Hall of Fame! 

In January 2018, Diamond announced that he would immediately retire from touring due to having been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Tour dates on the final leg of Diamond's "50 Year Anniversary World Tour" in Australia and New Zealand were cancelled. An announcement on his official website said he was not retiring from music and that the cancellation of the live performances would allow him to "continue his writing, recording and development of new projects."

Thank You for the music Sir! Happy Birthday Neil Diamond!
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