Who Is Neil Diamond – About Niel Diamond
Neil Diamond born Neil Leslie Diamond, is an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor. He was born on January 24, 1941, in Brooklyn, New York, to Rose and Akeeba Diamond.
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. After his family moved he then attended Abraham Lincoln High School, and was a member of the fencing team.
He received his first guitar for his 16th birthday. When he was 16, and still in high school, Diamond spent a number of weeks at Surprise Lake Camp, 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.
Diamond next attended New York University as a pre-med major on a fencing scholarship. His skill at fencing made him a member of the 1960 NCAA men’s championship team. However, he was often bored in classes and 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. By his senior year, and just 10 units short of graduation, Sunbeam Music Publishing offered him a 16-week job writing songs for $50 a week, and he dropped out of college to accept it.
After the 16 weeks were over, he was not rehired and then began writing and singing his own songs for demo purposes. Diamond’s first recording contract was billed as “Neil and Jack”, an Everly Brothers-type duo comprising Diamond and high school friend Jack Parker. Later in 1962, Diamond signed with the Columbia Records label as a solo performer. Columbia released the single “At Night” b/w “Clown Town” in July 1963, which Billboard gave an excellent review, but it still failed to chart. Columbia dropped him from their label and he was back to writing songs, in and out of publishing houses for the next seven years.
“Solitary Man” was the first record that Diamond recorded in his own name that made the charts. It remains one of his personal all-time favorites, as it was autobiographical about his early years as a songwriter, even though he failed to realize it at the time.
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 as a writer 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.
One of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, he has sold over 135 million records worldwide since the start of his career in the 1960s. With 38 songs in the Top 10, he is the second most successful artist in the history of the Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 10 charts. His songs have been covered internationally by performers from a variety of musical genres.
Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Additionally, he received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and in 2011 was an honoree at Kennedy Center. On the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts, he has had eleven No. 1 singles.
How Old Is Neil Diamond? – Neil Diamond Birthday – Neil Diamond Age
He was born on January 24, 1941.
Neil Diamond Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $175 million.
How Tall Is Neil Diamond? – Neil Diamond Height
He stands at a height of 6 feet (1.83 m).
Where Does Neil Diamond Live? – Neil Diamond Home
Neil lives in a $7.25 Million mansion in Malibu Beach. The house has five bedrooms, seven baths and outside there is an infinity pool, a spa, and direct access to the beach.
Neil Diamond Family
Is Neil Diamond Married? – Neil Diamond Wife
He is married to his high school sweetheart Jayne Posner in 1963. The pair had two daughters, Marjorie and Elyn. They separated in 1967 and divorced in 1969. Later that same year he wed Marcia Murphey, a production assistant. They had two sons, Jesse and Micah and he had to pay £93.1 million in their 1995 split. He is now married to Katie McNeil, who is his third wife. The pair exchanged vows at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Does Neil Diamond Have Children – Neil Diamond Children
He is a father to four children namely: Marjorie, Elyn, Jesse, Micah
Neil Diamond Fan Club
To join and become a member of his fan club, click the following link.
Best Neil Diamond Albums/Discography
- The Feel of Neil Diamond
- Just for You
- Velvet Gloves and Spit
- Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show (later renamed Sweet Caroline)
- Touching You, Touching Me
- Tap Root Manuscript
- Jonathan Livingston Seagull
- Beautiful Noise
- I’m Glad You’re Here With Me Tonight
- You Don’t Bring Me Flowers
- September Morn
- The Jazz Singer
- On the Way to the Sky
- Headed for the Future
- The Best Years of Our Lives
- 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
- Classic Christmas Album
- Melody Road
- Acoustic Christmas
Neil Diamond Songs List
- Sweet Caroline
- I Am … I Said
- Cracklin’ Rosie
- Song Sung Blue
- Hello Again
- Play Me
- Holly Holy
- Love on the Rocks
- Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon
- Solitary Man
- Forever in Blue Jeans
- Cherry, Cherry
- Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show
- You Don’t Bring Me Flowers
- Longfellow Serenade
- Brooklyn Roads
- Kentucky Woman
- Red Red Wine
- If You Know What I Mean
- Done Too Slow
- Beautiful Noise
- You Got to Me
- Yesterday’s Songs
- If You Go Away
- And The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind
- September Morn
- Pretty Amazing Grace
- Something Blue
- Keeping Up With The Steins 2006
- Saving Silverman 2001
- The Jazz Singer 1980
- The Last Waltz 1978
- Jonathan Livingston Seagull 1973
- Pour la peau d’un flic 1981
- Lost & Found 1999
Neil Diamond Songs Youtube
Neil Diamond 50th Anniversary Tour
His 50th Anniversary Collection is a retrospective of 50 Neil Diamond songs recorded between 1966 and 2014. It was released in March 2017. He selected the songs for Neil Diamond 50. Its tracks range from the 1966 album The Feel Of Neil Diamond to 2014’s Melody Road.
Neil Diamond Concert Schedule – Neil Diamond Tour
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Neil Diamond Greatest Hits