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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In a career that began in the 1960s, Neil Diamond became a major recording artist, an internationally successful touring act, and a songwriter whose compositions produced hits for himself and others. His earliest recognition, in fact, came as a songwriter associated with the Brill Building era of Tin Pan Alley in the early '60s. But he soon branched out into recording and performing, and by the early '70s was topping the charts with the self-written singles ‘Cracklin' Rosie’ and ‘Song Sung Blue.’ ~ Allmusic: Neil Diamond ~ retrieved June 8, 2013 © Allmusic

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 Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 1984.

As a Writer or co-writer

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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