The Info List - Neil Diamond

Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor. With 38 songs in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary
Adult Contemporary
charts, Diamond has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time.[1][2] Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond
has been touring around the world consecutively for 50 years. Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond
50 - 50th Anniversary Collection[3] Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
Songwriters Hall of Fame
in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
in 2011. Additionally, he received the Sammy Cahn
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
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 Award.[4]


1 Early life and education 2 Career

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

5.1 Marriages 5.2 Relationship

6 Discography 7 Notes 8 References 9 External links

Early life and education[edit] 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.[5][6] He grew up in several homes in Brooklyn, having also spent four years in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where his father was stationed in the army.[7] In Brooklyn
he attended Erasmus Hall High School[8] and was a member of the Freshman Chorus and Choral Club, along with classmate Barbra Streisand.[6]: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."[9] After his family moved he then attended Abraham Lincoln High School,[10][11] and was a member of the fencing team.[7] Also on the team was his best friend, future Olympic fencer Herb Cohen.[12][13] For his 16th birthday, he received his first guitar.[14] When he was 16, and still in high school, Diamond spent a number of weeks at Surprise Lake Camp,[15]:21 a camp for Jewish children in upstate New York, when folk singer Pete Seeger
Pete Seeger
performed a small concert.[16] 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.[16] He adds that his attraction to songwriting was the "first real interest" he had growing up, besides helping him release his youthful "frustrations".[16] 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.[6]: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.[15]: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.[17][18][19][a] He was a member of the 1960 NCAA men's championship fencing team.[20] 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.[16] 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[21]), and he dropped out of college to accept it.[16][b] Career[edit] The 1960s[edit] 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."[16] Diamond's first recording contract was billed as "Neil and Jack", an Everly Brothers-type duo comprising Diamond and high school friend Jack Parker.[7] 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
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.[16] 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[21]).[16] 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."[16] 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 the time:

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.[6]: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.[23] 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.[6]: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".[6]:37 His early concerts saw him as a "special guest" of, or opening for, everyone from Herman's Hermits
Herman's Hermits
to, on one occasion, the Who.[6]: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 pieces.[6]:46 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.[6]:51[25] Move to Uni Records, revived success and the 1970s[edit] On March 18, 1968, Diamond signed a deal with Uni Records;[25] the label was named after Universal Pictures, whose owner, MCA Inc., later consolidated its labels into MCA Records
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 Memphis
with Tommy Cogbill and Chips Moman producing.[25] 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
Caroline Kennedy
after seeing her on the cover of Life in an equestrian riding outfit,[26] 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.[27][28] 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.[29] 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.[6]:86 After the first night, one leading newspaper called it "the finest concert in Greek Theater history."[6]:87

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 do.

Performing, on the other hand, is the most joyful and happiest thing I do. The bigger the audience the more anticipation, the more excitement.

Neil Diamond, 1977[30]

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.[6]: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."[6]: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 work; critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Stephen Thomas Erlewine
called Hot August Night
Hot August Night
"the ultimate Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond
record... [which] shows Diamond the icon in full glory."[31] The album became a classic, and was remastered in 2000 with additional selections. In Australia, which at the time had the most Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond
fans per capita of any country,[6]:94 the album ranked No. 1 for 29 weeks and stayed in their top 20 bestsellers for two years.[6]:94[32] In the fall of 1972, Diamond performed for 20 consecutive nights at the Winter Garden Theater
Winter Garden Theater
in New York City.[6]:95 The last time that theater had staged a one-man show had been when Al Jolson
Al Jolson
had performed there in the 1920s and the 1930s.[6]:95 The approximately 1,600-seat Broadway venue provided an intimate concert setting not common at the time, with every performance reportedly sold out.[6]:95 It also made Diamond the first rock-era star to headline on Broadway.[6]: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 like Judy Garland
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.[6]: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 albums, 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.[30] 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[21]).[25] 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 underneath."[33] Despite the controversy surrounding the film, the soundtrack was a success, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard albums chart. Diamond also won a Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Original Score and a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture.[25] 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.[34] 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
Helen Reddy
and Henry Winkler, a.k.a. Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli
Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli
of Happy Days.[35] He began wearing colorful beaded shirts in concert, originally so that everyone in the audience could see him without binoculars.[36] Bill Whitten designed and made the shirts for Diamond from the 1970s till approximately 2007.[37] 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
Shirley Bassey
and sang a duet with her.[38]

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
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[21]) 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
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
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.[39] 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
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 the 1980 Grammy awards
Grammy awards
ceremony, where they performed the song to a surprised and rapturous audience.[40] 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.[41] 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.[42] 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.[42] He underwent a long rehabilitation process just before starting principal photography on his film The Jazz Singer (1980).[43] He was so convinced he was going to die that he wrote farewell letters to his friends.[42] The 1980s[edit] 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
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."[15]:89 The song was performed in full by Diamond during the film's finale.[44] 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;[45] 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".[7] 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.[46] 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."[15]: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?'"[7][47] Diamond later told the Los Angeles Times, "For me, this was the ultimate bar mitzvah."[15]: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
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.[48] 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.[49] In January 1987, Diamond sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl. His "America" became the theme song for the Michael Dukakis
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. The 1990s[edit] 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 Washington 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,[50] and it was even played at sports events in other countries, such as a Hong Kong Sevens
Hong Kong Sevens
rugby tournament[51] or a soccer match in Northern Ireland.[52] Most notably, it became the theme song of Red Sox Nation, the fans of the Boston Red Sox.[53][54][55][e] The song also came to be played during the 8th inning of every New York Mets
New York Mets
home game.[citation needed] The 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". The Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
played it at the end of every home game they won. The Davidson College
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 World's Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney's Hollywood Studios
theme park.

The 2000s[edit] In 2000, Johnny Cash
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."[57] 12 Songs also became noteworthy as one of the last albums to be pressed and released by Sony BMG
Sony BMG
with the Extended Copy Protection
Extended Copy Protection
software embedded in the disc. (See the 2005 Sony BMG
Sony BMG
CD copy protection scandal.) In 2007, Diamond was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.[58] 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.[59] On May 2, 2008, Sirius Satellite Radio started Neil Diamond
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.[60] On June 29, 2008, Diamond played to an estimated 108,000 fans at the Glastonbury Festival
Glastonbury Festival
in Somerset, England on the Concert of a Lifetime Tour; technical problems[which?] marred the concert.[61][62] 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.[63] 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 September 5.[64] 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. The 2010s[edit]

Diamond (2015)

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
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.[65][66] On August 10, 2012, Diamond received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[67] 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.[68] 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.[69] 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.[70] Sporting a beard, Diamond performed live on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol
U.S. Capitol
as part of A Capitol Fourth, which was broadcast nationally by PBS on July 4, 2013.[71] 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.[72][73] On July 8, 2014, Capitol Records
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.[74] 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.[75] The North American leg of the World Tour 2015 launched with a concert in Allentown, PA at the PPL Center
PPL Center
on February 27 and ended at the Pepsi Center
Pepsi Center
in Denver, Colorado on May 31, 2015.[76] 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."[77] 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, Christmas lights."[78] In March 2017, the career-spanning anthology Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond
50 - 50th Anniversary Collection was released. He began the 50 Year Anniversary World Tour in Fresno, California, in April.[79][80] Retirement from touring[edit] In January 2018, Diamond announced that he would immediately retire from touring due to having been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.[81][82] 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."[83] In pop culture[edit] 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.[84] Personal life[edit]

Diamond in 2005

Marriages[edit] 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[85] and divorced in 1969.[86] 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[86] or 1995[85] (sources differ). In 2012, Diamond married his manager, Katie McNeil, in front of family and close friends in Los Angeles.[87] 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."[88] In addition to serving as Diamond's manager, McNeil produced the documentary Neil Diamond: Hot August Nights NYC.[89] Relationship[edit] 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 back pain.[43] Discography[edit] Main article: Neil Diamond
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discography Notes[edit]

^ 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 cancer." ^ Thirty-five years later, in 1995, New York University
New York University
gave him an honorary degree.[22] Later in his career he said, "If this darn songwriting thing hadn't come up, I would have been a doctor now."[15]:26 ^ 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."[24] 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.[56]


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Neil Diamond
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Neil Diamond
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Neil Diamond
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Neil Diamond
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Neil Diamond
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Neil Diamond
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Neil Diamond
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Neil Diamond
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Studio albums

The Feel of Neil Diamond Just for You Velvet Gloves and Spit Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show Touching You, Touching Me Tap Root Manuscript Stones Moods Serenade Beautiful Noise I'm Glad You're Here with Me Tonight You Don't Bring Me Flowers September Morn On the Way to the Sky Heartlight Primitive Headed for the Future The Best Years of Our Lives Lovescape The Christmas Album Up on the Roof: Songs from the Brill Building The Christmas Album, Volume II Tennessee Moon The Movie Album: As Time Goes By Three Chord Opera 12 Songs Home Before Dark A Cherry Cherry Christmas Dreams Melody Road Acoustic Christmas

Soundtrack albums

Jonathan Livingston Seagull The Jazz Singer

Live albums

Gold: Recorded Live at the Troubadour Hot August Night Love at the Greek Hot August Night
Hot August Night
II Live in America Stages: Performances 1970–2002 Hot August Night/NYC

Compilation albums

Neil Diamond's Greatest Hits Shilo Do It! Double Gold Rainbow His 12 Greatest Hits And the Singer Sings His Song Early Classics 12 Greatest Hits, Vol. II Classics: The Early Years The Greatest Hits: 1966–1992 Glory Road: 1968 to 1972 In My Lifetime The Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond
Collection Play Me: The Complete Uni Studio Recordings...Plus! The Essential Neil Diamond The Essential Neil Diamond
The Essential Neil Diamond
3.0 Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond
50 - 50th Anniversary Collection

Concert tours

Melody Road Tour (2015) 50 Year Anniversary World Tour (2017)

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Neil Diamond
singles discography

Singles 1960s

1962 "You Are My Love at Last" "I'm Afraid"

1963 "At Night"

1966 "Solitary Man" "Cherry, Cherry" "I Got the Feelin' (Oh No No)"

1967 "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" "Thank the Lord for the Night Time" "Kentucky Woman" "Some Day Baby"

1968 "New Orleans" "Red Red Wine" " Brooklyn
Roads" "Two-Bit Manchild" "Shilo" "Sunday Sun"

1969 "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show" "Sweet Caroline" "Holly Holy"

Singles 1970s

1970 "Shilo" "Until It's Time for You to Go" "Soolaimon" "And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind" "Solitary Man" "Cracklin' Rosie" "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" "Do It"

1971 "I Am... I Said" "Done Too Soon" "I'm a Believer" "Stones"

1972 "Song Sung Blue" "Play Me" "Walk on Water"

1973 "Cherry, Cherry" "The Long Way Home" "The Last Thing on My Mind" "Be"

1974 "Skybird" "Longfellow Serenade"

1975 "Morningside" "I've Been This Way Before" "The Last Picasso"

1976 "If You Know What I Mean" "Don't Think... Feel" "Beautiful Noise"

1977 "Stargazer" "Lady-Oh" "Desiree"

1978 "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" "The Dancing Bumble Bee / Bumble Boogie"

1979 "Forever in Blue Jeans" "Say Maybe" "The American Popular Song" "September Morn"

Singles 1980s

1980 "That Kind" "The Good Lord Loves You" "Dancing in the Street" "Love on the Rocks"

1981 "Hello Again" "America" "Yesterday's Songs"

1982 "On the Way to the Sky" "Be Mine Tonight" "Rainy Day Song" "Heartlight"

1983 "I'm Alive" "Turn Around"

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Golden Globe Award
for Best Original Score


Life with Father – Max Steiner
Max Steiner
(1947) The Red Shoes – Brian Easdale (1948) The Inspector General – Johnny Green
Johnny Green


Sunset Boulevard – Franz Waxman (1950) September Affair
September Affair
Victor Young
Victor Young
(1951) High Noon
High Noon
Dimitri Tiomkin
Dimitri Tiomkin
(1952) On the Beach – Ernest Gold


The Alamo – Dimitri Tiomkin
Dimitri Tiomkin
(1960) The Guns of Navarone – Dimitri Tiomkin
Dimitri Tiomkin
(1961) To Kill a Mockingbird – Elmer Bernstein
Elmer Bernstein
(1962) (1963) The Fall of the Roman Empire – Dimitri Tiomkin
Dimitri Tiomkin
(1964) Doctor Zhivago – Maurice Jarre
Maurice Jarre
(1965) Hawaii – Elmer Bernstein
Elmer Bernstein
(1966) Camelot – 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
Burt Bacharach


Love Story – Francis Lai (1970) Shaft – Isaac Hayes
Isaac Hayes
(1971) The Godfather
The Godfather
Nino Rota
Nino Rota
(1972) Jonathan Livingston Seagull Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond
(1973) The Little Prince – Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe (1974) Jaws – John Williams
John Williams
(1975) A Star is Born – Kenneth Ascher, Paul Williams (1976) Star Wars – John Williams
John Williams
(1977) Midnight Express – Giorgio Moroder
Giorgio Moroder
(1978) Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now
– Carmine Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola


The Stunt Man
The Stunt Man
Dominic Frontiere (1980) (1981) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
John Williams
John Williams
(1982) Flashdance
Giorgio Moroder
Giorgio Moroder
(1983) A Passage to India – Maurice Jarre
Maurice Jarre
(1984) Out of Africa – John Barry (1985) The Mission – Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone
(1986) The Last Emperor
The Last Emperor
– David Byrne, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Cong Su (1987) Gorillas in the Mist
Gorillas in the Mist
Maurice Jarre
Maurice Jarre
(1988) The Little Mermaid – Alan Menken
Alan Menken


The Sheltering Sky – Richard Horowitz, Ryuichi Sakamoto
Ryuichi Sakamoto
(1990) Beauty and the Beast – Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(1991) Aladdin – Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(1992) Heaven & Earth – Kitarō
(1993) The Lion King
The Lion King
Hans Zimmer
Hans Zimmer
(1994) A Walk in the Clouds
A Walk in the Clouds
Maurice Jarre
Maurice Jarre
(1995) The English Patient – Gabriel Yared (1996) Titanic – James Horner
James Horner
(1997) The Truman Show – Burkhard Dallwitz, Philip Glass
Philip Glass
(1998) 1900 – Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone


Gladiator – Lisa Gerrard, Hans Zimmer
Hans Zimmer
(2000) Moulin Rouge! – Craig Armstrong (2001) Frida
Elliot Goldenthal
Elliot Goldenthal
(2002) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Howard Shore
Howard Shore
(2003) The Aviator – Howard Shore
Howard Shore
(2004) Memoirs of a Geisha – John Williams
John Williams
(2005) The Painted Veil – Alexandre Desplat
Alexandre Desplat
(2006) Atonement – Dario Marianelli (2007) Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire
A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman
(2008) Up – Michael Giacchino
Michael Giacchino


The Social Network
The Social Network
– Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
Atticus Ross
(2010) The Artist – Ludovic Bource
Ludovic Bource
(2011) Life of Pi – Mychael Danna (2012) All Is Lost Alex Ebert
Alex Ebert
(2013) The Theory of Everything – Jóhann Jóhannsson
Jóhann Jóhannsson
(2014) The Hateful Eight
The Hateful Eight
Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone
(2015) La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
Justin Hurwitz
(2016) The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water
- Alexandre Desplat
Alexandre Desplat

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Kennedy Center Honorees (2010s)


Merle Haggard Jerry Herman Bill T. Jones Paul McCartney Oprah Winfrey


Barbara Cook Neil Diamond Yo-Yo Ma Sonny Rollins Meryl Streep


Buddy Guy Dustin Hoffman David Letterman Led Zeppelin Natalia Makarova


Martina Arroyo Herbie Hancock Billy Joel Shirley MacLaine Carlos Santana


Al Green Tom Hanks Patricia McBride Sting Lily Tomlin


Carole King George Lucas Rita Moreno Seiji Ozawa Cicely Tyson


Martha Argerich Eagles Al Pacino Mavis Staples James Taylor


Carmen de Lavallade Gloria Estefan LL Cool J Norman Lear Lionel Richie

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MusiCares Person of the Year

David Crosby
David Crosby
(1991) Bonnie Raitt
Bonnie Raitt
(1992) Natalie Cole
Natalie Cole
(1993) Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan
(1994) Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
(1995) Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones
(1996) Phil Collins
Phil Collins
(1997) Luciano Pavarotti
Luciano Pavarotti
(1998) Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
(1999) Elton John
Elton John
(2000) Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(2001) Billy Joel
Billy Joel
(2002) Bono
(2003) Sting (2004) Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson
(2005) James Taylor
James Taylor
(2006) Don Henley
Don Henley
(2007) Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin
(2008) Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond
(2009) Neil Young
Neil Young
(2010) Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(2011) Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
(2012) Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
(2013) Carole King
Carole King
(2014) Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
(2015) Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie
(2016) Tom Petty
Tom Petty
(2017) Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Class of 2011


Alice Cooper Neil Diamond Dr. John Darlene Love Tom Waits

Non-performers (Ahmet Ertegun Award)

Jac Holzman Art Rupe

Award for Musical Excellence

Leon Russell

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