Neil Diamond, singer
Singer ~ Songwriter
birth name: Neil Leslie Diamond

Neil Diamond

January 24, 1941, Brooklyn, NY

Diamond is known for wearing colorful beaded shirts in concert, originally out of necessity so everyone in the audience could see him without the aid of binoculars. ~ Wikipedia: Neil Diamond ~ retrieved June 8, 2013 © Wikipedia

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Some of Diamond's best lyrics reflect a certain confusion about identity and disillusionment that is overcome only by immersing oneself in song. The adult personality who writes such unconventional pop verses can be traced to Neil Leslie Diamond, an insecure Jewish boy who grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Diamond changed schools nine times as a child, and as he was intensely shy, he had great difficulty making friends. Instead, he immersed himself in a fantasy world populated by imaginary characters, and idolized the singing cowboys he saw in movies. When Diamond was 16 he bought a second-hand guitar, learned some chord progressions, and began to compose songs. He also began to sing with the Erasmus Hall High School chorus group, a 100-member glee club that included Barbra Streisand. Diamond was a good student, and after high school he enrolled in pre-medical studies at New York University (NYU). He was in his senior year at NYU when the Sunbeam Music Company, a Tin Pan Alley songwriting mill, offered him a 16-week contract. He dropped out of college and never looked back. ~ Musicianguide: Neil Diamond ~ retrieved June 28, 2013 © Musicianguide

Pop songwriter Neil Diamond, a veteran of the Brill Building song factory, became one of the best-selling MOR performers of the '70s. Singing his own melodramatic quasi-gospel songs in a portentous baritone, he has sold over 92 million records worldwide, amassing over 35 Top 40 singles and 18 platinum albums. ~ Rolling Stone: Neil Diamond ~ retrieved June 28, 2013 © Rolling Stone

Neil Diamond ~ Inducted in the 2011 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ Neil Diamond is among the greatest pop songwriters of the modern age. He is among the top-grossing performers and best-selling recording artists of all time. Diamond’s prolific half-century as a professional musician has yielded one of the most enduring catalogs in American popular music. ~ 2011 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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The Monkees ~ I'm A Believer (Diamond) ~ Ranked #42 NME 100 Best Songs Of The 1960s in 2012 ~ A cheery bolt of daydream escapism, amongst a background of social upheaval. ~ 2012 © NME



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