Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American
singer-songwriter, musician and actor. With 38 songs in the Top 10 on
Adult Contemporary charts, Diamond has sold more than
100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling
musicians of all time.
Neil Diamond has been touring around the
world consecutively for 50 years.
Neil Diamond 50 - 50th Anniversary
Diamond was inducted into the
Songwriters Hall of Fame
Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Additionally, he received
Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and in 2011 was an
honoree at Kennedy Center. He is scheduled to be honored by The
Recording Academy with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. On the
Hot 100 and
Adult Contemporary charts, he has had ten No. 1
singles: "Cracklin' Rosie", "Song Sung Blue", "Longfellow Serenade",
"I've Been This Way Before", "If You Know What I Mean", "Desiree",
"You Don't Bring Me Flowers", "America", "Yesterday's Songs", and
"Heartlight". In 2018 Diamond received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement
1 Early life and education
2.1 The 1960s
2.2 Move to Uni Records, revived success and the 1970s
2.3 The 1980s
2.4 The 1990s
2.5 The 2000s
2.6 The 2010s
3 Retirement from touring
4 In pop culture
5 Personal life
9 External links
Early life and education
Diamond was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Jewish family descended
from Russian and Polish immigrants. His parents were Rose (née
Rapaport) and Akeeba "Kieve" Diamond, a dry-goods merchant. He
grew up in several homes in Brooklyn, having also spent four years in
Cheyenne, Wyoming, where his father was stationed in the army. In
Brooklyn he attended Erasmus Hall High School and was a member of
the Freshman Chorus and Choral Club, along with classmate Barbra
Streisand.:155 They were not close friends at the time, Diamond
recalls: "We were two poor kids in Brooklyn. We hung out in the front
of Erasmus High and smoked cigarettes." After his family moved he
then attended Abraham Lincoln High School, and was a member of
the fencing team. Also on the team was his best friend, future
Olympic fencer Herb Cohen.
For his 16th birthday, he received his first guitar. When he was
16, and still in high school, Diamond spent a number of weeks at
Surprise Lake Camp,:21 a camp for Jewish children in upstate New
York, when folk singer
Pete Seeger performed a small concert.
Seeing the widely recognized singer perform, and watching other
children singing songs for Seeger that they wrote themselves, had an
immediate effect on Diamond, who then became aware of the possibility
of writing his own songs. "And the next thing, I got a guitar when we
got back to Brooklyn, started to take lessons and almost immediately
began to write songs," he said. He adds that his attraction to
songwriting was the "first real interest" he had growing up, besides
helping him release his youthful "frustrations".
Diamond also used his newly developing skill to write poetry. By
writing poems for girls he was attracted to in school, he soon learned
it often won their hearts. His male classmates took note and began
asking him to write poems for them which they would sing and use with
equal success.:10 He spent the summer following his graduation as a
waiter in the
Catskills resort area. There he first met Jaye Posner,
who would years later become his wife.:26
Diamond next attended
New York University
New York University as a pre-med major on a
fencing scholarship, again on the fencing team with Herb
Cohen.[a] He was a member of the 1960 NCAA men's
championship fencing team. Often bored in class, he 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. In his senior year, when he was
just 10 units short of graduation, Sunbeam Music Publishing offered
him a 16-week job writing songs for $50 a week (equivalent to about
US$405 per week, in 2017 dollars), and he dropped out of college
to accept it.[b]
After his 16 weeks at Sunbeam Music were up, he was not rehired, and
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."
Diamond's first recording contract was billed as "Neil and Jack", an
Everly Brothers-type duo comprising Diamond and high school friend
Jack Parker. They recorded two unsuccessful singles: "You Are My
Love at Last" b/w "What Will I Do" and "I'm Afraid" b/w "Till You've
Tried Love", both released in 1962. Later in 1962, Diamond signed with
Columbia Records as a solo performer. In July 1963 Columbia released
the single "At Night" b/w "Clown Town", which Billboard gave an
excellent review, but it still failed to chart. Columbia dropped him
from their label and he went back to writing songs in and out of
publishing houses for the next seven years.
He wrote 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 his songs' wordiness: "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 years, he was able to sell only about one song a week,
barely enough to survive on. He found himself earning enough to spend
only 35 cents a day on food (US$3 in 2017 dollars). But the
privacy he had above the Birdland Club allowed him to focus on writing
without distractions; as he explained, "Something new began to happen.
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". "Solitary Man" was the first
record Diamond recorded under his own name that made the charts. It
remains one of his personal all-time favorites, as it was about his
early years as a songwriter, even though he failed to realize it at
It wasn't until years later, when I went into Freudian analysis, that
I understood that it was me. It was an outgrowth of my despair.:37
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. Greater success
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. Diamond wrote and recorded the songs for himself, but the
cover versions were released before his own. 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"
became a gold record within two days of its release, and stayed at the
top of the charts for seven weeks, making it the Popular Music Song of
the Year in 1966.:44
"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,
Lulu, and Cliff Richard.[c]
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.[d] Diamond later
followed with "Cherry, Cherry" and "Kentucky Woman".:37
His early concerts saw him as a "special guest" of, or opening for,
Herman's Hermits to, on one occasion, the Who.:45 As
a guest performer with The Who, he was shocked to see Pete Townshend
swinging his guitar like a club and then throwing it against walls and
off the stage until the instrument's neck broke. It was the first time
he had seen a band smashing their instruments and amplifiers to
Diamond began to feel restricted by Bang Records, because he wanted to
record more ambitious, introspective music, like his autobiographical
Brooklyn Roads" from 1968. Berns wanted to release "Kentucky Woman"
as a single, but Diamond was no longer satisfied writing simple pop
songs, so he proposed "Shilo", which was not about the Civil War but
rather an imaginary childhood friend. Bang believed that the song
wasn't commercial enough, so it was relegated to being an LP track on
"Just for You". In addition to being dissatisfied with his royalties,
Diamond tried to sign with another record label after discovering a
loophole in his contract that did not bind him exclusively to either
WEB IV or Tallyrand, but the result was a series of lawsuits that
coincided with a slump in his record sales and professional success. A
magistrate refused WEB IV's request for a temporary injunction to
prevent Diamond from joining another record company while his contract
dispute continued in court, but the lawsuits persisted until February
18, 1977, when he triumphed in court and purchased the rights to his
Bang-era master tapes.:51
Move to Uni Records, revived success and the 1970s
On March 18, 1968, Diamond signed a deal with Uni Records; the
label was named after Universal Pictures, whose owner, MCA Inc., later
consolidated its labels into
MCA Records (now called Universal
Records). His debut album for Uni was Velvet Gloves and Spit, produced
by Tom Catalano, which did not chart, and he recorded the follow-up
Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show
Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show at
American Sound Studios
American Sound Studios in
Tommy Cogbill and
Chips Moman producing.
In late 1969, he moved to Los Angeles. 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. In 2007 Diamond said he had written "Sweet Caroline" for
Caroline Kennedy after seeing her on the cover of Life in an
equestrian riding outfit, but in 2014, he said in an interview on
the Today Show that it was written for his then wife, Marcia. He could
not find a good rhyme with the name "Marcia", and so used the name
Caroline. It took him just one hour, in a
Memphis hotel, to
write and compose it. 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 over four months to complete.
In 1971, Diamond played 7 sold-out concerts at the Greek Theater in
Los Angeles. The outdoor theater, which was noted for showcasing the
best of current entertainers, added a stereo sound system for the
first time. Diamond was also backed by a 35-piece string orchestra and
six backing singers.:86 After the first night, one leading
newspaper called it "the finest concert in Greek Theater
I have a love-hate relationship with songwriting. I love it because
it's so satisfying...when it works. I hate it because it forces you to
dig inside yourself. It is without question the most difficult thing I
Performing, on the other hand, is the most joyful and happiest thing I
do. The bigger the audience the more anticipation, the more
Neil Diamond, 1977
In August 1972, he played again at the Greek, this time doing 10
shows. When the show was first announced, tickets at the 5000-seat
theater sold out rapidly.:93 He added a quadrophonic sound system
for his performance, to create full surround-sound. Diamond recalled:
"Hot August Night" captures a very special show for me. We went all
out to really knock 'em dead in L.A.":93
The performance of August 24, 1972, was recorded and released as the
live double album Hot August Night.
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
Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Stephen Thomas Erlewine called
Hot August Night
Hot August Night "the
Neil Diamond record... [which] shows Diamond the icon in full
glory." The album became a classic, and was remastered in 2000
with additional selections. In Australia, which at the time had the
Neil Diamond fans per capita of any country,:94 the album
ranked No. 1 for 29 weeks and stayed in their top 20 bestsellers for
In the fall of 1972, Diamond performed for 20 consecutive nights at
Winter Garden Theater
Winter Garden Theater in New York City.:95 The last time that
theater had staged a one-man show had been when
Al Jolson had
performed there in the 1920s and the 1930s.:95 The approximately
1,600-seat Broadway venue provided an intimate concert setting not
common at the time, with every performance reportedly sold out.:95
It also made Diamond the first rock-era star to headline on
Broadway.:95 The review in the New York Times stated:
Neil Diamond's one-man show seemed, on the face of it, to be a brash
idea. One-man shows have traditionally been associated with talents
Judy Garland and Danny Kaye. But Mr. Diamond is clearly a brash
young man and one with both the musical track record and the
performance macho to bring it off...He needn't worry about comparisons
with the likes of Garland and Kaye.:95
After the Winter Garden shows, Diamond announced that he needed a
break, and he engaged in no more live performances till 1976. He used
those four years to work on the score for Hall Bartlett's film version
of Richard Bach's
Jonathan Livingston Seagull and to record two
Serenade and Beautiful Noise. He said years later, "I knew I'd
come back, but I wasn't sure when. I spent one year on each of those
albums...I'd been on the road six years. I had a son 2½ and I felt he
needed me more than the audience did. So for four years I devoted
myself to my son Jesse." He also said he needed to get back to having
a private life, one where he could be anonymous.
In 1973, Diamond switched labels again, returning to Columbia Records
for a million-dollar-advance-per-album contract (US$5,512,744 in 2017
dollars). His first project, released as a solo album, was the
soundtrack to Jonathan Livingston Seagull. The film received hostile
reviews and did poorly at the box office, and the album grossed more
than the film did. Richard D. Bach, author of the best-selling source
story, disowned the film, and he and Diamond sued Bartlett, though 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."
Bartlett also added, "Neil is extraordinarily talented. Often his
arrogance is just a cover for the lonely and insecure person
Despite the controversy surrounding the film, the soundtrack was a
success, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard albums chart. Diamond also
Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and a Grammy Award
for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture. Thereafter,
Diamond often included a
Jonathan Livingston Seagull suite in his live
performances, as he did in his 1976 "Love at the Greek" concert and
for his show in Las Vegas that same year.
Diamond returned to live shows in 1976 with an Australian tour, "The
'Thank You Australia' Concert", which was broadcast to 36 television
outlets nationwide. He also again appeared at the Greek Theater in a
1976 concert, Love at the Greek. An album and accompanying video/DVD
of the show includes a version of "Song Sung Blue" with duets with
Helen Reddy and Henry Winkler, a.k.a.
Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli
Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli of
He began wearing colorful beaded shirts in concert, originally so that
everyone in the audience could see him without binoculars. Bill
Whitten designed and made the shirts for Diamond from the 1970s till
In 1974, Diamond released the album Serenade, from which "Longfellow
Serenade" and "I've Been This Way Before" were issued as singles. The
latter had been intended for the
Jonathan Livingston Seagull score,
but Diamond had completed it too late for inclusion. That same year he
appeared on a TV special for
Shirley Bassey and sang a duet with
Diamond performing on opening night of the Theater For the Performing
Arts at the Aladdin Hotel & Casino, on July 2, 1976.
In 1976, he released Beautiful Noise, produced by
Robbie Robertson of
The Band. On Thanksgiving 1976, Diamond made an appearance at The
Band's farewell concert, The Last Waltz, performing "Dry Your Eyes",
which he wrote jointly with Robertson, and which had appeared on
Beautiful Noise. He also joined the rest of the performers onstage at
the end in a rendition of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released".
Diamond was paid $650,000 (US$2,795,380 in 2017 dollars) from the
Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, to open its new $10 million
Theater For the Performing Arts on July 2, 1976. The show played
through July 5 and drew sold-out crowds at the 7,500-seat theater. A
"who's who" of Hollywood attended opening night, ranging from
Elizabeth Taylor to Chevy Chase, and Diamond walked out on stage to a
standing ovation. He opened the show with 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."
He performed at
Woburn Abbey on July 2, 1977, to an audience of 55,000
British fans. The concert and interviews were taped by film director
William Friedkin, who used six cameras to capture the performance.
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.
Barbra Streisand covered the song on her
album Songbird, and later, a Diamond-Streisand duet was recorded,
spurred by the success of radio mash-ups. That version hit No. 1 in
1978, his third song to top the Hot 100. They appeared unannounced at
Grammy awards ceremony, where they performed the song to a
surprised and rapturous audience.
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. In February 1979, the uptempo
"Forever in Blue Jeans", co-written and jointly composed with his
guitarist, Richard Bennett, was released as a single from You Don't
Bring Me Flowers, Diamond's album from the previous year.
In 1979, Diamond collapsed on stage in San Francisco and was taken to
the hospital, where he endured a 12-hour operation to remove what
turned out to be a tumor on his spine. 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 before starting principal photography
on his film The Jazz Singer (1980). He was so convinced he was
going to die that he wrote farewell letters to his friends.
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 alongside Laurence
Olivier and Lucie Arnaz. Though the movie received poor reviews, the
soundtrack spawned three Top 10 singles, "Love on the Rocks", "Hello
Again", and "America", the last of 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.":89 The song was
performed in full by Diamond during the film's finale. An
abbreviated version played over the film's opening titles.
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
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
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". It
also became the anthem of his world tour two weeks after the attacks
on America on September 11, 2001, when he changed the lyric at the end
from; "They're coming to America", to "Stand up for America!" Earlier
that year he performed it after a request from former heavyweight
champion Muhammad Ali.
The film's failure was due in part to Diamond never having acted
professionally before. "I didn't think I could handle it," he said
later, seeing himself as "a fish out of water.":85 For his
performance, Diamond became the first-ever winner of a Worst Actor
Razzie Award, even though he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award
for the same role. Critic
David Wild noted that the film showed that
Diamond was open about his religion: "Who else but this Jewish Elvis
could go multi-platinum with an album that featured a version of 'the
Kol Nidre?'" Diamond later told the Los Angeles Times, "For me,
this was the ultimate bar mitzvah.":85
Another Top 10 selection, "Heartlight", was inspired by the
blockbuster 1982 movie E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Though the film's
title character is never mentioned in the lyrics, Universal Pictures,
which had released
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and was the parent
company of the
Uni Records label, by then called MCA Records, for
which Diamond had recorded for years, briefly threatened legal action
against both Diamond and Columbia Records.
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,
but his concert tours continued to be big draws. Billboard magazine
ranked Diamond as the most profitable solo performer of 1986. He
released his 17th studio album in 1986, Headed for the Future, which
reached number 20 on the Billboard 200. Three weeks later he starred
in Hello Again, his first television special in nine years, performing
comedy sketches and a duo medley with Carol Burnett.
In January 1987, Diamond sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl.
His "America" became the theme song for the
Michael Dukakis 1988
presidential campaign. That same year, UB40's reggae interpretation of
Diamond's ballad "Red Red Wine" topped the Billboard Pop Singles chart
and, like the Monkees' version of "I'm a Believer", became 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 Billboard's Album chart. Diamond also recorded two
albums of mostly new material during this period. In 1992, he
performed for President George H.W. Bush's final Christmas in
NBC special. 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.
The 1990s saw a resurgence in Diamond's popularity. "Sweet Caroline"
became a popular sing-along at sporting events. It was used at Boston
College football and basketball games. College sporting events in
other states also played it, and it was even played at sports
events in other countries, such as a
Hong Kong Sevens
Hong Kong Sevens rugby
tournament or a soccer match in Northern Ireland. Most
notably, it became the theme song of Red Sox Nation, the fans of the
Boston Red Sox.[e] The song also came to be played during
the 8th inning of every
New York Mets
New York Mets home game.
New York Rangers
New York Rangers also adapted it as their own, and played it
whenever they were winning at the end of the 3rd period of their
games. The Pitt Panthers football team also played it after the third
quarter of all home games, with the crowd cheering, "Let's go Pitt".
Carolina Panthers played it at the end of every home game they
Davidson College pep band likewise played it at every
Davidson Wildcats men's basketball
Davidson Wildcats men's basketball home game, in the second half.
The handprints of Diamond in front of
The Great Movie Ride
The Great Movie Ride at Walt
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.
Johnny Cash recorded the album American III: Solitary Man,
and won a Grammy Award for his cover of "Solitary Man".
A more severely stripped-down-to-basics album, 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
Sony BMG with the
Extended Copy Protection
Extended Copy Protection software embedded in the
disc. (See the 2005
Sony BMG CD copy protection scandal.)
In 2007, Diamond was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of
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 sing Diamond songs for the broadcasts of April
29 and 30, 2008. On the April 30 broadcast, Diamond premiered a new
song, "Pretty Amazing Grace", from his then recently released album
Home Before Dark. On May 2, 2008, Sirius Satellite Radio started
Neil Diamond Radio. 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. The announcement, which marked the first official
confirmation of any 2008 concert dates in the US, came during the
traditional eighth-inning singalong of "Sweet Caroline", which had by
that time become an anthem for Boston fans.
On April 28, 2008, Diamond appeared on the roof of the Jimmy Kimmel
building to sing "Sweet Caroline" after Kimmel was jokingly arrested
for singing the song dressed as a Diamond impersonator.
Diamond performing at The Roundhouse, London on October 30, 2010.
Home Before Dark
Home Before Dark was released May 6, 2008, and topped the album charts
in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
On June 29, 2008, Diamond played to an estimated 108,000 fans at the
Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England on the Concert of a Lifetime
Tour; technical problems[which?] marred the concert. In
August, Diamond allowed cameras to record his entire four-night run at
New York's Madison Square Garden; he released the resulting DVD in the
U.S. in 2009, 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, which won the ratings hour with
13 million viewers. The next day, the sales of the DVD surged,
prompting Sony to order more copies to meet the high demand.
On August 25, 2008, Diamond performed at Ohio State University while
suffering from laryngitis. The result disappointed him as well as his
fans, and on August 26, he offered refunds to anyone who applied by
Diamond was honored as the
MusiCares Person of the Year
MusiCares Person of the Year on February 6,
2009, two nights before the 51st Annual Grammy Awards.
Long loved in Boston, Diamond was invited to sing at the July 4, 2009
Independence Day celebration.
On October 13, 2009, he released A Cherry Cherry Christmas, his third
album of holiday music.
On November 2, 2010, Diamond released the album Dreams, a collection
of 14 interpretations of his favorite songs by artists from the rock
era. The album also included a new slow-tempo arrangement of his "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. 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.
The years 2011 and 2012 were marked by several milestones in Diamond's
career. 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.
In December, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Kennedy
Center at the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors. On August 10, 2012,
Diamond received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In November
2012, he topped the bill at the centenary edition of the Royal Variety
Performance in the UK, which was transmitted[where?] on December 3. He
also appeared in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
On April 20, 2013, Diamond made an unannounced appearance at Fenway
Park to sing "Sweet Caroline" during the 8th inning. 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. 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.
In January 2014, it was confirmed that Diamond had signed with the
Capitol Music Group
Capitol Music Group unit of Universal Music Group, which also owned
Diamond's Uni/MCA catalog. 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.
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. In August, the release date was moved
to October 21.
In September 2014, Diamond performed a surprise concert at his alma
mater, Erasmus High School in Brooklyn. The show was announced via
Twitter that afternoon. On the same day, he announced a 2015 "Melody
Road" World Tour. The North American leg of the World Tour 2015
launched 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."
In October 2016, Diamond released Acoustic Christmas, a folk-inspired
Christmas album of original songs as well as acoustic versions of
holiday classics. Produced by Was and Lee, who had produced Melody
Road, the idea for the album began to take shape as the Melody Road
sessions ended. To "channel the intimate atmosphere of '60s folk,
Diamond recorded Acoustic Christmas with a handful of musicians,
sitting around a circle of microphones, wires and, of course,
In March 2017, the career-spanning anthology
Neil Diamond 50 - 50th
Anniversary Collection was released. He began the 50 Year Anniversary
World Tour in Fresno, California, in April.
Retirement from touring
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
In pop culture
In the 2001 comedy film Saving Silverman, the main characters play in
a Diamond cover band, and Diamond made an extended cameo appearance as
himself. Diamond even wrote and composed a new song, "I Believe in
Happy Endings", for the film. During this period, comedian/actor Will
Ferrell did a recurring Diamond impersonation on Saturday Night Live,
with Diamond himself appearing alongside Ferrell on Ferrell's final
show in May 2002.
In 2008, Diamond gave filmmaker Greg Kohs permission to use his songs
in a documentary. Kohs, a director from Philadelphia, had met a
popular Milwaukee, Wisconsin, duo, Lightning & Thunder, composed
of Mike Sardina, who did a Diamond impersonation, and his wife Claire.
Kohs followed them for eight years and produced the film Song Sung
Blue, but he needed permission to use Diamond's songs. The movie was
sent to the singer in January 2008 at the recommendation of Eddie
Vedder, a supporter of the film and of the duo. Though 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.
Diamond in 2005
Diamond has been married three times. In 1963, he married his
high-school sweetheart, schoolteacher Jaye Posner. They had two
daughters, Marjorie and Elyn. They separated in 1967 and divorced
In 1969, Diamond married production assistant Marcia Murphey.[citation
needed] They had two sons, Jesse and Micah. The marriage lasted 25
years, ending in 1994 or 1995 (sources differ).
In 2012, Diamond married his manager, Katie McNeil, in front of family
and close friends in Los Angeles. Seven months earlier, on
September 7, 2011, in a message on Twitter, the 70-year-old Diamond
had announced his engagement to the 41-year-old McNeil. Diamond said
that his 2014 album Melody Road was fueled by their relationship,
explaining: "There's no better inspiration or motivation for work than
being in love. 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 1996, Diamond began a lengthy, live-in relationship with Australian
Rae Farley after the two met in Brisbane, Australia. The songs on Home
Before Dark were written and composed during her struggle with chronic
Neil Diamond discography
^ His first life ambition was medicine, as he once told talk show host
Larry King, "I actually wanted to be a laboratory biologist. I wanted
to study. And I really wanted to find a cure for cancer. My
grandmother had died of cancer. And I was always very good at the
sciences. And I thought I would go and try and discover the cure for
^ Thirty-five years later, in 1995,
New York University
New York University gave him an
honorary degree. Later in his career he said, "If this darn
songwriting thing hadn't come up, I would have been a doctor
^ Richard 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".
^ 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 "figured it out," and his real name remained the identity by
which he became known.
^ Although Diamond noted that he had been a lifelong fan of the
Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers.
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an ordinary, unselective New York City high school, is proud of a
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Representative Elizabeth Holtzman, the authors Joseph Heller and Ken
Auletta, the producer Mel Brooks, the singer
Neil Diamond and the
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^ Interview, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, transmitted on May 23,
2008 on BBC One.
^ Devine, Rachel (June 1, 2008). "Pick of the week: Neil Diamond". The
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Neil Diamond reveals 'Sweet Caroline' is about more than JFK's
daughter, Today Show website, 10/20/14.
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Passion. ECW Press. pp. 80–81.
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^ "My Favourite Album : The Top 100". Abc.net.au. Archived from
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Neil Diamond Eases His Life Back into Shape". People.
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^ "Jonathan Livingston Seagull", concert in Las Vegas, 1976.
^ "Love at the Greek", video clip
^ Interview, An Audience With Neil Diamond, transmitted on May 31,
2008 on ITV1.
^ "Neil Diamond: the hurt, the dirt, the shirts". London: Telegraph.
May 3, 2008. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
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Barbra Streisand – You Don't Bring Me
Flowers", Live At The Grammy Awards, Feb. 1980.
^ Diamond had originally titled that particular album The American
Popular Song, but he changed its title after his and Streisand's duet,
"You Don't Bring Me Flowers", charted.
^ a b c Juke Magazine, June 9, 1983.
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^ Music Choice Television – on screen facts
^ "Hello Again" television special, clip, May 5, 1986.
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"I Got the Feelin' (Oh No No)"
"Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"
"Thank the Lord for the Night Time"
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"Walk on Water"
"The Long Way Home"
"The Last Thing on My Mind"
"I've Been This Way Before"
"The Last Picasso"
"If You Know What I Mean"
"Don't Think... Feel"
"God Only Knows"
"Let Me Take You In My Arms Again"
"I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight"
"You Don't Bring Me Flowers"
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"Forever in Blue Jeans"
"The American Popular Song"
"The Good Lord Loves You"
"Dancing in the Street"
"Love on the Rocks"
"On the Way to the Sky"
"Be Mine Tonight"
"Rainy Day Song"
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Life with Father –
Max Steiner (1947)
The Red Shoes –
Brian Easdale (1948)
The Inspector General –
Johnny Green (1949)
Sunset Boulevard –
Franz Waxman (1950)
September Affair –
Victor Young (1951)
High Noon –
Dimitri Tiomkin (1952)
On the Beach – Ernest
The Alamo –
Dimitri Tiomkin (1960)
The Guns of Navarone –
Dimitri Tiomkin (1961)
To Kill a Mockingbird –
Elmer Bernstein (1962)
The Fall of the Roman Empire –
Dimitri Tiomkin (1964)
Doctor Zhivago –
Maurice Jarre (1965)
Elmer Bernstein (1966)
Frederick Loewe (1967)
The Shoes of the Fisherman –
Alex North (1968)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid –
Burt Bacharach (1969)
Love Story –
Francis Lai (1970)
Isaac Hayes (1971)
The Godfather –
Nino Rota (1972)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull –
Neil Diamond (1973)
The Little Prince – Alan Jay Lerner,
Frederick Loewe (1974)
John Williams (1975)
A Star is Born – Kenneth Ascher, Paul Williams (1976)
Star Wars –
John Williams (1977)
Midnight Express –
Giorgio Moroder (1978)
Apocalypse Now – Carmine Coppola,
Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola (1979)
The Stunt Man
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Dominic Frontiere (1980)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
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John Williams (1982)
Giorgio Moroder (1983)
A Passage to India –
Maurice Jarre (1984)
Out of Africa – John Barry (1985)
The Mission –
Ennio Morricone (1986)
The Last Emperor
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Cong Su (1987)
Gorillas in the Mist
Gorillas in the Mist –
Maurice Jarre (1988)
The Little Mermaid –
Alan Menken (1989)
The Sheltering Sky – Richard Horowitz,
Ryuichi Sakamoto (1990)
Beauty and the Beast –
Alan Menken (1991)
Alan Menken (1992)
Heaven & Earth –
The Lion King
The Lion King –
Hans Zimmer (1994)
A Walk in the Clouds
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The English Patient –
Gabriel Yared (1996)
James Horner (1997)
The Truman Show – Burkhard Dallwitz,
Philip Glass (1998)
Ennio Morricone (1999)
Gladiator – Lisa Gerrard,
Hans Zimmer (2000)
Moulin Rouge! – Craig Armstrong (2001)
Elliot Goldenthal (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King –
Howard Shore (2003)
The Aviator –
Howard Shore (2004)
Memoirs of a Geisha –
John Williams (2005)
The Painted Veil –
Alexandre Desplat (2006)
Dario Marianelli (2007)
Slumdog Millionaire –
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Michael Giacchino (2009)
The Social Network
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The Artist –
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Life of Pi –
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All Is Lost –
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The Theory of Everything –
Jóhann Jóhannsson (2014)
The Hateful Eight
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La La Land –
Justin Hurwitz (2016)
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