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Neil Diamond

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." This enabled him to be one of the more noticeable figures in the singer/songwriter movement of the period, as he made a transition to more of an album artist and those albums began to earn gold and platinum certifications. He also developed into a dynamic concert performer, as demonstrated on his 1972 album Hot August Night. At the same time, however, his music became generally softer, which broadened his appeal while earning him opprobrium, when he was considered at all, by the rock critics who dominated pop music journalism. But his millions of fans didn't care about that, and they flocked to his shows and bought his albums in big numbers until well into the '80s. After that, while his concert tours continued to post high grosses, his record sales became more modest. Still, as of 2001, he claimed worldwide record sales of 115 million copies, and early in the 21st century, he ranked third, behind only Elton John and Barbra Streisand, on the list of the most successful adult contemporary artists in the history of the Billboard chart.

Neil Leslie Diamond was born January 24, 1941, in Brooklyn, New York, the first of two sons born to Akeeba Diamond (known as Kieve), who operated and owned a series of dry goods stores in the New York City borough, and Rose (Rapoport) Diamond. Except for two years in the mid-'40s that the family spent in Wyoming while Akeeba Diamond served in the military, Diamond grew up in Brooklyn, albeit in changing locations as his father moved from store to store; he later claimed to have attended nine different schools and to have suffered socially as a result. He showed an early interest in music and took up singing and playing the guitar after seeing Pete Seeger perform at a camp he was attending as a teenager. In June 1958, he graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School, and that fall he enrolled at New York University, where he had won a fencing scholarship, as a premed student.

But he seems to have spent much of his time writing songs and trying to place them at music publishing companies. He also formed a duo with Jack Packer, a friend of his younger brother's, and as Neil & Jack they signed a publishing contract with Allied Entertainment Corporation of America and a recording contract with its subsidiary, Duel Records. This resulted in the release of two singles, "You Are My Love"/"What Will I Do" in 1960 and "I'm Afraid"/"Till You've Tried Love" in 1961, Diamond's first commercially released recordings. (In 1996, he reissued "What Will I Do" on his box set In My Lifetime.) The discs were not successful, and Neil & Jack broke up when Packer enrolled at the Manhattan School of Music in January 1961. Diamond, meanwhile, had stopped attending NYU in 1960, but in 1961 he enrolled in the university's School of Commerce, where he maintained his student status until 1965. (Although many accounts of his life repeat the erroneous story that he dropped out of NYU in 1962 just short of earning an undergraduate degree, biographer Rich Wiseman learned the truth by consulting the university's records.)

On his own, Diamond continued trying to break into the music business as a songwriter. In 1962, he briefly had a deal at Sunbeam Music, which published some of his songs, followed by a stint at Roosevelt Music. While he was there, an assignment came in from Dot Records to submit a follow-up to Pat Boone's novelty hit "Speedy Gonzales." Ten of the firm's writers eventually collaborated on a song, appropriately called "Ten Lonely Guys," which Boone recorded, and which reached number 45 in the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1962. Diamond, one of the ten, was credited under the pseudonym Mark Lewis, but this was his first appearance in the charts. Also in 1962, his composition "Santa Santa" was recorded by the Rocky Fellers and released by Scepter Records. But his next career development involved his own performing. In early 1963, he was signed to a singles deal by Columbia Records, and on January 24, his 22nd birthday, had his first solo recording session, followed by a second session three months later. The results emerged on July 2 as Columbia single 42809, "Clown Town"/"At Night," his first solo release. Unfortunately, the record flopped, and he was dropped by the label.

Recently married to schoolteacher Jay Posner (with whom he had two daughters), Diamond kept plugging away, even opening his own tiny office above the jazz club Birdland in midtown Manhattan. In early 1965, his song "Just Another Guy" was recorded in the U.K. by Cliff Richard and placed on the B-side of the number one single "The Minute You're Gone," released on the British Columbia label. In February 1965, he met the successful writers and producers Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, who took an interest in him and got him signed to songwriter/producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's Trio Music publishing company for three months. This association was over by the time Leiber and Stoller had one of their clients, Jay & the Americans, record "Sunday and Me," a song Diamond had written at Trio. Released as a single in the fall of 1965, the song peaked at number 18 in December, giving him his first real hit as a songwriter.

By then, he had made other progress in his career. On June 25, he signed a deal with Barry and Greenwich for publishing and recording, the three forming Tallyrand Music with Diamond as president. (This appears to have prompted his decision finally to drop out of NYU.) Tallyrand shopped both Diamond's songs and Diamond as a recording artist, and on January 6, 1966, it signed a contract with WEB IV, the company controlling the independent Bang Records label. Soon after, Diamond was back in a recording studio, and on April 4, Bang released his label debut single, "Solitary Man," produced, as all his subsequent Bang discs would be, by Barry and Greenwich. "Solitary Man" gave him his first chart entry as a recording artist, peaking at number 55 on the Hot 100 in July.

Diamond quickly followed "Solitary Man" with his second Bang single, "Cherry, Cherry," released in July 1966, which gave him his first substantial hit, peaking at number six in October. The single's B-side, "I'll Come Running," was covered by Cliff Richard, who scored a Top 40 hit with it in 1967. When song publisher Don Kirshner heard "Cherry, Cherry," he called Diamond into his office and asked if the songwriter had a similarly upbeat tune that could be used by the Monkees, a group put together for an upcoming TV series. Diamond played him "I'm a Believer," a song intended for his debut album. Kirshner liked it, and Diamond, Barry, and Greenwich recorded a backing track that Kirshner took to California and had the Monkees sing over. By the time "I'm a Believer" was released as the Monkees' second single in the fall of 1966, the group was a teenybopper phenomenon, and the disc had advance orders of over one million copies. It shot to number one, where it stayed seven weeks, becoming the biggest single of 1967.

Diamond's debut LP, The Feel of Neil Diamond, released in August 1966, was a rush job, featuring "Cherry, Cherry" and "Solitary Man" along with his covers of hits like "La Bamba" and "Monday, Monday." It barely charted. Also featured, however, was "I Got the Feelin' (Oh No No)," an original composition that would be his next single in October. It reached number 16 in December, but the 45 was also significant for its Diamond-penned B-side, "The Boat That I Row." British singer Lulu quickly covered the song, and her version became a Top Ten U.K. hit in the spring of 1967. Diamond's fourth Bang single, "You Got to Me," was released in December 1966 and peaked at number 18 in March 1967. In February, his song "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" was featured on the Monkees' chart-topping second album, More of the Monkees. The following month, "A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You," the Diamond-penned follow-up to "I'm a Believer," entered the singles chart for the Monkees; it peaked at number two in April.

Also in March, Bang released its fifth Diamond single, "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon," which became his second Top Ten hit in May. In April, Ronnie Dove entered the charts with "My Babe," written and produced for him by Diamond; it peaked at number 50 in May. Bang's sixth Diamond single, "Thank the Lord for the Night Time," appeared in June, peaking at number 13 in August. That month saw the release of Diamond's second LP, Just for You, which peaked at number 80. Diamond's sixth Bang single, "Kentucky Woman," followed in September, and it reached number 22 in November, giving him his sixth consecutive Top 40 hit.

After nearly two years of hit recording and songwriting, Diamond had a falling-out with his producers and his record label. As popular music turned more serious in the late '60s, he became less satisfied writing simple pop songs, and, instead of "Kentucky Woman," he had proposed that his sixth Bang single be "Shilo," an introspective ballad not about the Civil War battle, but about an imaginary childhood friend, that he had written and recorded. Bang, thinking the song less commercial than "Kentucky Woman," used it as an LP track on Just for You instead, and Diamond, who was also dissatisfied with his royalties, found a loophole in his contract, which, it turned out, failed to bind him exclusively to WEB IV and Tallyrand. He therefore declared himself free to sign a recording contract with another company. Soon, lawsuits were flying.

On March 12, 1968, a judge denied WEB IV's request for a temporary injunction preventing Diamond from signing to another record label while his contract dispute was making its way through the courts. It was a key decision; the lawsuits would continue for another nine years until Diamond settled them on February 18, 1977, when he purchased his Bang master recordings. But on March 18, 1968, he signed a five-year contract with Uni Records, a division of the MCA entertainment company. The first product of the deal was another introspective, autobiographical ballad, "Brooklyn Roads," released in April. Diamond followed with the more uptempo "Two-Bit Manchild" that month, but neither that single nor its follow-up, "Sunday Sun," which appeared in September, restored him to the Top 40, and Velvet Gloves and Spit, Diamond's debut album for Uni, failed to chart. Meanwhile, there was more upheaval in his life. Now romantically involved with TV production assistant Marcia Kay Murphey, he left his wife and moved to California. After their divorce was final in November 1969, he married Murphey one month later.

Professionally, Diamond tried to stem the tide of his career decline by recording at American Sound Studio in Memphis, beginning on January 8, 1969. Working with producers Tommy Cogbill and Chips Moman, he took more of a gospel-tinged, country-rock approach, starting with the single "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show," quickly released as a single, which peaked at number 22 in April, his best chart showing in 18 months. He quickly returned to Memphis and cut an album also called Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show that was released in April and peaked at number 82.

The song that finally sealed Diamond's commercial comeback was his next single, "Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)," a catchy tune that peaked at number four in August, the same month it earned a gold record certification for sales of one million singles. Diamond followed "Sweet Caroline" with the gospel-tinged "Holly Holy," released in October 1969, and scored another big hit, the track peaking at number six in December. It was his second gold (and eventually platinum) single, and the song earned a cover by Junior Walker & the All-Stars that made the R&B Top 40 in 1971. The Diamond recording was included in his fifth LP, Touching You Touching Me, released in November 1969; the disc was his most successful so far, peaking at number 30 and going gold in a little over a year.

Meanwhile, Diamond's career resurgence was not going unnoticed at his former label, Bang Records, which hired American Sound Studio musicians to record a new musical track for "Shilo" under Diamond's vocal. With a sound more like his current records, the single reached number 24 in April 1970. Diamond responded by returning to Memphis himself and cutting a new recording of "Shilo," which was added to later editions of Velvet Gloves and Spit. A more ambitious effort was "Soolaimón (African Trilogy II)," released in April, an excerpt from the side-long "folk ballet" of African-styled songs to be featured on his next album, Tap Root Manuscript, in the fall. The single reached number 30 in May. Diamond's next new single, "Cracklin' Rosie" (famously referring to the cheap wine Cracklin' Rosé), appeared in July and became his biggest hit yet, topping the charts in October.

Also released in July 1970 was the live album Gold, which had been recorded in March at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles. Another major commercial success, it peaked at number ten in September. As the result of "Cracklin' Rosie" and Gold, by the fall of 1970 Diamond had graduated to the theater and arena circuit as a live act. For his next single, he made the odd choice of releasing a cover of "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," a song that had been a Top Ten hit for the Hollies the previous spring. Competing with Bang's release of the former B-side "Do It," it still managed to peak at number 20 in December and, along with "Soolaimón" and "Cracklin' Rosie," served as a good calling card for Tap Root Manuscript, which appeared in November. Consistent with Diamond's current status, the album peaked at number 13.

Reportedly, Diamond worked months on the lyric of his next single, the autobiographical "I Am...I Said," released in March 1971. An impassioned statement of emotional turmoil, the song was very much in tune with the confessional singer/songwriter movement of the time, and it became a major hit, peaking at number four in May, with even its B-side, "Done Too Soon" (previously released on Tap Root Manuscript), earning a chart placing. "I Am...I Said" earned Diamond his first Grammy nomination, for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male. Diamond returned to the record racks in the fall with the ballad "Stones," released in October, followed by an album of the same name in November. The single reached number 14, while the LP stopped just short of the Top Ten and went gold in two months.

Diamond's next album, Moods, was prefaced by another of his standards. "Song Sung Blue," released in April 1972, became his second number one hit on the Hot 100 in July, also becoming his fourth gold single and earning Grammy nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. In August, Diamond performed ten shows at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, recording them for a live album. The double-LP set Hot August Night, which appeared in November, cemented his status as a concert attraction by hitting number five and going gold in a month. (It was later certified double platinum.) A single of "Cherry, Cherry" was excerpted from the release and made number 31.

Hot August Night marked Diamond's ascension to superstar status, and it also marked the end of a phase of his career. After three weeks of shows at the Winter Garden on Broadway in October, he temporarily retired from live performing. At the same time, he had completed his recording contract, and he signed a new, lucrative one with Columbia Records. His first project for the new label was a song score for the film version of the best-selling novel Jonathan Livingston Seagull. It was a troubled project, and by the time the movie was released in October 1973, both Diamond and Richard Bach, the book's author, were suing the film producer. Reviews were awful, and the picture bombed. But Diamond's score, released as a solo album by him, was a hit. The single "Be" only grazed the Top 40, yet the LP reached number two in December. It also won Diamond the 1973 Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or TV Special.

Even after completing Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Diamond continued to stay off the road. He was next heard from in the fall of 1974, when he released his first regular album for Columbia, Serenade, prefaced by the single "Longfellow Serenade," which was his biggest hit since "Song Sung Blue," peaking at number five on the Hot 100 and number one on the AC chart in November. Serenade hit number three in December, another instant gold album that has since gone platinum.

Another year went by before Diamond finally returned to live work, doing a few shakedown shows in California and Utah in late January and early February 1976 before launching a tour of Australia and New Zealand, followed by more dates in the U.S. in the spring. Meanwhile, working with Malibu neighbor Robbie Robertson of the Band as his producer, he had finished a new album, Beautiful Noise, its songs reflecting back on his early-'60s days in Tin Pan Alley. Leadoff single "If You Know What I Mean," issued in June, reached number 11 on the Hot 100, and the album, which followed a couple of weeks later, hit number four. On July 1, 1976, for a hefty fee, Diamond made his Las Vegas debut at the Aladdin Hotel, though he would avoid the entertainment mecca afterward until well into the '90s. In September, he returned to the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, this time with both cameras and recording equipment in tow. On November 25, 1976, he appeared as one of the special guests at the Band's farewell concert at Winterland in San Francisco, performing the Beautiful Noise track "Dry Your Eyes," which he had co-written with Robertson. The show was filmed and recorded for the 1978 movie and triple-LP set The Last Waltz.

Both of Diamond's albums of 1977 were associated with television specials. First came Love at the Greek, like Hot August Night a two-LP concert set drawn from shows at the Greek Theatre. It appeared in February 1977, two weeks ahead of The Neil Diamond Special, broadcast February 21. The LP reached number eight in April, selling a million copies by July, with another million registered since. Diamond undertook a lengthy tour of Europe in the spring and summer. In November, Diamond was back with a new studio album, I'm Glad You're Here with Me Tonight, again tied into a TV special. The simultaneously released single "Desirée" went Top 20, while the album reached number six in February 1978, racking up the usual sales number of a million copies with another million to come.

One of the album tracks for I'm Glad You're Here with Me Tonight was a sad breakup ballad called "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" that Diamond had written for a television pilot about reversed sex roles (hence the novelty of having a man complain about romantic neglect in terms usually used by a woman). Labelmate Barbra Streisand knew a big ballad when she heard one, especially one co-written by her personal lyricists, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, and she quickly covered the song, which appeared on her Songbird album in May 1978. A disc jockey, realizing that both Diamond's and Streisand's versions were in the same key, spliced them together and began playing on the air the duet he had created, leading to requests for a record. On October 17, 1978, that desire was satisfied, as the two singers cut a new recording of the song. Credited to "Barbra & Neil," the single was quickly released and soared to number one on the pop charts, eventually earning a platinum certification.

Diamond had been working on an album to be titled after a tune called "The American Popular Song," written by his pianist, Tom Hensley; the LP was to be a collection of covers. The unexpected success of the duet upset these plans, however, and Diamond quickly cobbled together an album for release under the title You Don't Bring Me Flowers, which appeared in November. By the end of January, it peaked at number four, having been certified platinum, with a double platinum award to follow. In February, Columbia released another single from it, the uptempo "Forever in Blue Jeans" (co-written by Richard Bennett), which reached the Top 20.

Diamond collaborated with French singer/songwriter Gilbert Bécaud on the title track of his next album, September Morn, released in December 1979. The single reached the Top 20 of the pop chart, and the album peaked at number ten in February 1980. Any thought that Diamond's popularity might be cooling, however, was belied by his next project. Almost without acting experience, he had nevertheless agreed to star in a second screen remake of The Jazz Singer. The response was very similar to what had greeted Jonathan Livingston Seagull seven years earlier, except that this time Diamond was actually in the picture. Upon release in December 1980, it was panned by critics and became a box office failure. But the Capitol Records soundtrack album, consisting of a Diamond-written and performed song score, was a remarkable hit. "Love on the Rocks" (co-written with Bécaud) came out in advance of the LP, and it peaked at number two in January 1981. By February, the album was up to number three, having already sold a million copies. "Hello Again" (co-written by Alan Lindgren of Diamond's band), the second single, reached number six in March, and the anthemic "America" peaked at number eight (number one AC) in June as the album kept selling. (Eventually, it was certified for sales of five million copies, making it Diamond's most successful LP. It earned him another Grammy nomination in the category of Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or TV Special.)

Diamond picked a good time to reach a career peak: his record contract was up for renewal, and he re-signed to Columbia Records in October 1981 committing himself to ten more albums at a guarantee of $30 million dollars. It was, briefly, the most lucrative record contract in history. At the same time, of course, he had a new Columbia album ready, On the Way to the Sky, advanced by the single "Yesterday's Songs," which topped the AC chart and reached number 11 in the pop chart. The album, however, became his first in ten years to miss the Top Ten, peaking at number 17. The title track, co-written with Carole Bayer Sager, failed to chart as a 45, but a third single, "Be Mine Tonight," made the Top 40. Having worked with Bayer Sager, Diamond now turned to collaborating with both her and her then-husband, Burt Bacharach, a fellow graduate of the Brill Building era, on his next album, Heartlight. The title song, written by the three and inspired by the recently released movie E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, emerged in August 1982 as a single that hit number one in the AC chart and returned Diamond to the pop Top Ten, peaking at number five in November.

Diamond was relatively inactive on the performing front in 1983, though he did undertake a weeklong series of shows at the Forum in Los Angeles in June, his first L.A. shows in six years. He was, of course, writing, again collaborating with Bacharach and Bayer Sager, and recording, and on February 6, 1984, he submitted a new album to Columbia. The label asked him to make changes but, citing the artistic control mandated in his contract, he sued to have the LP released as it was. In April, however, he withdrew his suit and revised the disc to the record company's requirements. After completing the new version, he accepted a $500,000 fee for performing three shows at Harrah's Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in June, then undertook a European tour, followed by an American tour. Columbia released the new album, Primitive, in July, along with the first single, "Turn Around" (co-written by Diamond, Bacharach, and Bayer Sager). Notwithstanding the label's attempt to enhance the commerciality of the disc, it was a disappointing seller. "Turn Around" lodged in the AC Top Ten, but missed the pop Top 40, and Primitive peaked at number 35 and only went gold, the worst showing for a new Neil Diamond album since 1969.

Diamond reacted by working up what was intended to be one of his most personal albums, as indicated by its proposed title, The Story of My Life. He submitted the collection to Columbia in September 1985, and for the second time in a row had an album rejected by the label. This time, he did not protest publicly. Instead, he accepted Columbia's suggestions that he try to take a more contemporary approach by, for example, working with Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire, recording a song written by currently popular rocker Bryan Adams, and using such guest stars as Stevie Wonder (who also co-wrote a song). Eventually, every song on the album except the former title track, "The Story of My Life," was replaced. To further promote the upcoming release, now titled Headed for the Future, in January 1986 Diamond taped a new television special, Hello Again, for CBS, then the parent company of Columbia Records. The special was broadcast May 25, two and a half weeks after the release of Headed for the Future, which itself had been prefaced by the release of the title song (written by Diamond, Hensley, and Lindgren) as a single in late April. The effort to modernize Diamond succeeded only slightly. The album peaked at number 20, an improvement over Primitive, but like its predecessor, the album only went gold. The single missed the Top 40, and a second single, "The Story of My Life," got to only number 11 AC.

But if his record sales were disappointing, Diamond's concert tours remained SRO. An eight-night stand at Madison Square Garden in New York was followed by 14 shows back at the Greek Theatre in August, commemorated by Columbia with another double-LP live album, Hot August Night II, released in October 1987. The album, however, peaked at a disappointing number 59 and didn't even go gold at first (though it has since gone platinum). (Appended was a studio recording of "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical Les Misérables, which got to number 13 on the AC chart.)

Diamond's main collaborator for his next studio album, The Best Years of Our Lives, was David Foster, who produced it and co-wrote several of the tracks. Released in December 1988 to coincide with an HBO special, the album peaked at number 46 and went gold, with three of its tracks making the AC chart. Much the same response greeted Diamond's next studio album, Lovescape, produced by Peter Asher (the famed producer of James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt, who began to work with Diamond regularly), when it appeared in August 1991. It peaked at number 44 and spawned three AC chart entries, while taking almost three years to go gold. Meanwhile, however, Diamond remained a major force on the concert circuit, taking his Love in the Round tour around the country and around the world. In 1992, for example, he was said to be the second-highest grossing American concert act of the year. In September 1992, Diamond released his first seasonal collection, The Christmas Album, and promoted it with Neil Diamond's Christmas Special on HBO.

In January 1993, Diamond again re-signed to Columbia for an additional six albums. The first of these, released in September, was Up on the Roof: Songs from the Brill Building, his treatments of early-'60s evergreens like the title song and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'." It hit number 28 and went gold. Meanwhile, the singer continued to tour extensively, his grosses for the year exceeded only by U2. That success was reflected by yet another chart-bound concert recording, Live in America, a double CD issued in June 1994. The fall brought The Christmas Album, Vol. 2, only two years after its successful predecessor. Also in the fall of 1994, Diamond participated in the Frank Sinatra album Duets II, singing "The House I Live In" with the venerable star.

During 1995, Diamond finally got to work on an album of newly written material, but there was a twist. The man whose songs had sometimes been turned into country hits went to Nashville and held songwriting sessions with country writers, also recording with country stars. The result was Tennessee Moon, released in February 1996, along with a TV special, Under a Tennessee Moon, broadcast on ABC. The album peaked at number three in the country charts and number 14 in the pop charts and went gold. Diamond continued to make events out of his album releases. In October 1998, he issued The Movie Album: As Time Goes By, a two-disc collection of covers of movie songs like "Moon River" and "Unchained Melody." It reached number 31 and went gold, earning a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance. As usual, Diamond embarked on a world tour to support it. And as usual, his fans came out. Even during a decade when he retreated from the front line of recording artists, the singer's live following, if anything, increased. He was named the top solo concert artist of the '90s by Amusement Business magazine.

In 2001, Diamond finally wrote and recorded a new studio album, Three Chord Opera, released in July. In fact, he did all the writing entirely by himself, the first time he hadn't collaborated with anyone since Serenade in 1974. In 2004, he began working with renowned producer Rick Rubin, a longtime fan who had produced Johnny Cash's '90s comeback albums. Before releasing the result of their collaboration, the 2005 album 12 Songs, he embarked on another world tour. 12 Songs was issued on November 8, 2005, to a chorus of positive reviews. It entered the chart at number four, Diamond's highest chart placing in 25 years. In 2006, Diamond made another movie cameo, singing "Hava Nagilah" in the film comedy Keeping Up with the Steins, and he returned to the recording studio with producer Rubin for 2008's Home Before Dark. A holiday release, A Cherry Cherry Christmas, appeared in 2009, and in 2010 Diamond released Dreams, a covers collection featuring songs by some of his favorite songwriters of the rock and soul era.

In 2011 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York City and by the end of summer 2012 he had received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Prestigious television appearances ensued in the form of a headline slot on December 2012's centenary edition of the U.K.'s Royal Variety Performance, before Independence Day 2013 found Diamond on a bill at the U.S. Capitol's A Capitol Fourth concert. After a 40-year relationship with Columbia Records, it was reported in January 2014 that he had signed a recording contract with Capitol. This resulted in the whole of Diamond's catalog -- incorporating his MCA, Columbia, and Bang material -- being assembled under the umbrella of Universal Music Group, Capitol's owners. The bigger news was the announcement of Melody Road, his first album for Capitol. Produced by Don Was and Jacknife Lee, the album appeared in October 2014 and debuted at three on Billboard's Top 200. Diamond reunited with the pair of Was and Lee for 2016's holiday album Acoustic Christmas. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Selected Discography


Track List: Melody Road

1. Melody Road

2. First Time

3. Seongah And Jimmy

4. Something Blue

5. Nothing But A Heartache

6. In Better Days

7. (OOO) Do I Wanna Be Yours

8. Alone At The Ball

9. Sunny Disposition

10. Marry Me Now

11. The Art Of Love

12. Melody Road (Reprise)


Track List: Something Blue

1. Something Blue


Track List: The Art Of Love

1. The Art Of Love


Track List: All-Time Greatest Hits

1. Cracklin' Rosie

2. Forever In Blue Jeans

3. Song Sung Blue

4. Sweet Caroline

5. Holly Holy

6. Red, Red Wine

7. Hello Again (From "The Jazz Singer" Soundtrack)

8. Beautiful Noise (Edited Intro)

9. America (From "The Jazz Singer" Soundtrack)

10. September Morn

11. Love On The Rocks (From "The Jazz Singer" Soundtrack)

12. Shilo (Album Version)

13. You Don't Bring Me Flowers

14. Morningside

15. Soolaimon

16. Play Me

17. Kentucky Woman

18. Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon

19. Solitary Man

20. I'm A Believer

21. Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show

22. Cherry, Cherry

23. I Am...I Said


Track List: The Bang Years


Track List: Dreams

1. Ain't No Sunshine

2. Blackbird

3. Alone Again (Naturally)

4. Feels Like Home

5. Midnight Train To Georgia

6. I'm A Believer

7. Love Song

8. Losing You

9. Hallelujah

10. A Song For You

11. Yesterday

12. Let It Be Me

13. Desperado

14. Don't Forget Me


Track List: Hot August Night / NYC (Live From Madison Square Garden)

Disc 1

1. Holly Holy (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

2. Street Life (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

3. Beautiful Noise (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

4. Love On The Rocks (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

5. Play Me (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

6. Cherry, Cherry (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

7. Thank The Lord For The Night Time (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

8. Home Before Dark (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

9. Don't Go There (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

10. Pretty Amazing Grace (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

11. Cunchy Granola Suite (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

12. Done Too Soon (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

13. Brooklyn Roads (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

14. I Am...I Said (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

15. Solitary Man (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

16. Kentucky Woman (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

17. Forever In Blue Jeans (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

18. Sweet Caroline (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

Disc 2

1. You Don't Bring Me Flowers (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

2. Song Sung Blue (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

3. I'm A Believer (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

4. Man Of God ( (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

5. Hell Yeah (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

6. Cracklin' Rosie (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

7. America (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

8. Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

9. Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show (Live) (Madison Square Garden, 2008)

10. Hello Again (Live) (Fresno, CA, 2008)

11. Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon (Live ) (London, 2008)

12. You Got To Me (Live) (Philadelphia, PA, 2008)

13. Soolaimon (Live) (London, 2002)

14. If You Know What I Mean (Live) (Rotterdam, 2008)

15. Glory Road (Live) (Columbus, OH, 2005)


Track List: Home Before Dark

1. If I Don't See You Again

2. Pretty Amazing Grace

3. Don't Go There

4. Another Day (That Time Forgot) With Natalie Maines

5. One More Bite Of The Apple

6. Forgotten

7. Act Like A Man

8. Whose Hands Are These

9. No Words

10. The Power Of Two

11. Slow It Down

12. Home Before Dark


Track List: 12 Songs

1. Oh Mary

2. Hell Yeah

3. Captain Of A Shipwreck

4. Evermore

5. Save Me A Saturday Night

6. Delirious Love

7. I'm On To You

8. What's It Gonna Be

9. Man Of God

10. Create Me

11. Face Me

12. We


Track List: Stages: Performances 1970-2002

Disc 1

1. Overture (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

2. America (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

3. A Mission Of Love (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

4. Hello Again (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

5. Kentucky Woman (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

6. The Boat That I Row (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

7. Cherry, Cherry (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

8. Red, Red Wine (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

9. I'm A Believer (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

10. Play Me (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

11. Love On The Rocks (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

12. Soolaimon (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

13. If You Know What I Mean (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

14. Beautiful Noise (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

15. Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

16. I Haven't Played This Song In Years (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

17. You Are The Best Part Of Me (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

18. Forever In Blue Jeans (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

Disc 2

1. Starflight (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

2. Captain Sunshine (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

3. Holly Holy (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

4. Sweet Carolne (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

5. Sweet Caroline (Reprise / Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

6. You Don't Bring Me Flowers (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

7. Yes I Will / Lady Magdalene (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

8. Shilo (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

9. He Ain't Heavy...He's My Brother (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

10. I Am...I Said (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

11. Cracklin' Rosie (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

12. Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show (Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

13. America (Walk Off / Live In Las Vegas / 2002)

Disc 3

1. Lordy (Live At The Troubadour / 1970)

2. Brooklyn Roads (Live At Civic Auditorium / 1971)

3. Home Is A Wounded Heart (Live At Aladdin Theatre / 1976)

4. The Last Picasso (Live At Aladdin Theatre / 1976)

5. The Last Thing On My Mind (Live At The Greek Theater / 1976)

6. You Got To Me (Live At Woburn Abbey / 1977)

7. God Only Knows (Live At Civic Center / 1977)

8. Lay Lady Lay (Live At Pine Knob / 1978)

9. Glory Road (Live At Pine Knob / 1978)

10. Rocket Man (Live At Pine Knob / 1978)

11. Say Maybe (Live At Charlotte Coliseum / 1978)

12. Once In A While (Live At The Omni / 1978)

13. Rainy Day Song (Live At The Cow Palace / 1981)

14. Guitar Heaven (Live At Carolina Coliseum / 1982)

15. Songs Of Life (Live At A.S.U. Activity Center / 1983)

16. Fire On The Tracks (Live At Oakland Coliseum Arena / 1983)

17. Brooklyn On A Saturday Night (Live At Saddledome / 1985)

18. Primitive (Live At Saddledome / 1985)

19. The Story Of My Life (Live At The Greek Theater / 1986)

Disc 4

1. This Time (Live At R.D.S. Summonscourt Pavillion / 1989)

2. The American Popular Song (Live At R.D.S. Summonscourt Pavillion / 1989)

3. Teach Me Tonight (Live At R.D.S. Summonscourt Pavillion / 1989)

4. Dedicated To The One I Love (Live At R.D.S. Summonscourt Pavillion / 1989)

5. Spanish Harlem (Live At R.D.S. Summonscourt Pavillion / 1989)

6. Beatles Medley: Golden Slumbers, Carry The Weight, The End (Live At R.D.S. Summonscourt Pavillion / 1989)

7. Sweet L.A. Days (Live At Los Angeles Forum / 1992)

8. Fortune Of The Night (Live At Sydney Entertainment Center / 1992)

9. Mountains Of Love (Live At National Tennis Center / 1992)

10. If There Were No Dreams (Live At National Tennis Center / 1992)

11. All I Really Need Is You (Live At Sydney Entertainment Center / 1992)

12. Yesterday's Songs (Live At Sydney Entertainment Center / 1992)

13. Can Anybody Hear Me (Live At Sydney Entertainment Center / 1996)

14. Talking Optimist Blues (Live At Sydney Entertainment Center / 1996)

15. Everybody (Live At Hilton Coliseum / 1996)

16. Marry Me (Live At Hampton Coliseum / 1996)

17. In My Lifetime (Live At Bradley Center / 1996)

18. I Got The Feelin' (Oh No, No) (Live At Maple Leaf Garden / 1998)

19. Longfellow Serenade (Live At Ostseehalle / 1999)

20. Unchained Melody (Live At Centennial Gardens / 1999)

21. I Believe In Happy Endings (Live At MGM Grand Garden / 2001)

Disc 5

1. O Holy Night (Live At The Palace At Auburn Hills / 1993)

2. Silent Night (Live At Chicago Stadium / 1993)

3. White Christmas (Live At Chicago Stadium / 1993)

4. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Live At Charlotte Coliseum / 1978)

5. O Come, O Come Emmanuel (Live At Los Angeles Forum / 1993)

6. Little Drummer Boy (Live At Los Angeles Forum / 1993)

7. Morning Has Broken (Live At Los Angeles Forum / 1993)

8. You Make It Feel Like Christmas (Live At Memorial Auditorium / 1993)

9. The Christmas Song (Live At Chicago Stadium / 1999)

10. Winter Wonderland (Live At The Salt Palace / 1979)

11. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Live At Los Angeles Forum / 1993)

12. We Wish You A Merry Christmas (Live At RDS Simmonscourt Pavillion / 1989)


Track List: Play Me: The Complete Uni Studio Recordings...Plus!

Disc 1

1. Two-Bit Manchild

2. Modern Day Version Of Love

3. Honey-Drippin' Times

4. The Pot Smoker's Song

5. Brooklyn Roads

6. Shilo

7. Sunday Sun

8. Holiday Inn Blues

9. Practically Newborn

10. Knackelflerg

11. Merry-Go-Round

12. Broad Old Woman (6 A.M. Insanity)

13. Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show

14. Dig In

15. River Runs, New Grown Plums

16. Juliet

17. Long Gone

18. And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind

19. Glory Road

20. Deep In The Morning

21. If I Never Knew Your Name

22. Memphis Streets

23. You're So Sweet, Horseflies Keep Hangin' Round Your Face

24. Hurtin' You Don't Come Easy

26. Everybody's Talkin'

Disc 2

1. Mr. Bojangles

2. Smokey Lady

4. Both Sides Now

5. And The Singer Sings His Song

6. Ain't No Way

7. New York Boy

8. Until It's Time For You To Go

10. Free Life

11. Coldwater Morning

12. Done Too Soon

13. He Ain't Heavy...He's My Brother

14. Childsong

15. I Am The Lion

16. Madrigal

18. Missa

19. African Trilogy

22. The Last Thing On My Mind

23. Husbands And Wives

24. Chelsea Morning

Disc 3

1. Crunchy Granola Suite

2. Stones

3. If You Go Away

4. Suzanne

5. I Think It's Gonna Rain Today

7. Song Sung Blue

8. Porcupine Pie

9. High Rolling Man

10. Canta Libre

11. Captain Sunshine

12. Play Me

13. Gitchy Goomy

14. Walk On Water

15. Theme

16. Prelude In E Major

17. Morningside


Track List: Neil Diamond: Love Songs

1. Sweet Caroline

2. And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind

3. Juliet

4. Until It's Time For You To Go

5. If I Never Knew Your Name

6. Play Me

7. Cracklin' Rosie

8. Husbands And Wives

9. Suzanne

10. Modern Day Version Of Love

11. If You Go Away

12. The Last Thing On My Mind


Track List: Neil Diamond: The Essential

Disc 1

1. Solitary Man

2. Cherry, Cherry

3. I Got The Feelin' (Oh No, No)

4. Kentucky Woman

5. Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon

6. You Got To Me

7. Red, Red Wine

8. Thank The Lord For The Night Time

9. I'm A Believer

10. Sweet Caroline

11. Song Sung Blue

12. Holly Holy

13. I Am...I Said

14. Cracklin' Rosie

Disc 2

1. America

2. Hello Again

3. Love On The Rocks

4. Captain Sunshine

9. If You Know What I Mean

10. Beautiful Noise

13. Forever In Blue Jeans

14. September Morn

15. I've Been This Way Before

16. Yesterday's Songs

17. Heartlight

18. Headed For The Future

19. You Are The Best Part Of Me


Track List: Three Chord Opera

1. I Haven't Played This Song In Years

2. Don't Look Down

3. I Believe In Happy Endings

4. At The Movies

5. Midnight Dream

6. You Are The Best Part Of Me

7. Baby Let's Drive

8. My Special Someone

9. A Mission Of Love

10. Elijah's Song

11. Leave A Little Room For God

12. Turn Down The Lights


Track List: The Best Of Neil Diamond - 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection

1. Sweet Caroline

2. Holly Holy

3. Song Sung Blue

4. Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show

5. Play Me

6. Brooklyn Roads

7. Crunchy Granola Suite

8. Stones

9. Soolaimon

10. I Am. . .I Said

11. Cracklin' Rosie


Track List: The Best Of The Movie Album

1. As Time Goes By

2. Unchained Melody

3. Can You Feel The Love Tonight

4. The Way You Look Tonight

5. Puttin' On The Ritz

6. When You Wish Upon A Star

7. The Windmills Of Your Mind

8. In The Still Of The Night

9. Moon River

10. The Look Of Love

11. Suite Sinatra: I've Got You Under My Skin/One For My Baby

12. And I Love Her

13. Can't Help Falling In Love


Track List: The Movie Album: As Time Goes By

Disc 1

1. As Time Goes By

2. Secret Love

3. Unchained Melody

4. Can You Feel The Love Tonight

5. The Way You Look Tonight

6. Love With The Proper Stranger

7. Puttin' On The Ritz

8. When You Wish Upon A Star

9. The Windmills Of Your Mind

10. Ebb Tide

Disc 2

1. True Love

2. My Heart Will Go On

3. The Look Of Love

4. In The Still Of The Night

5. Moon River

6. Ruby

7. Suite Sinatra: I've Got You Under My Skin / One For My Baby

8. And I Love Her

9. Can't Help Falling In Love

10. As Time Goes By (Reprise)


Track List: Tennessee Moon

1. Tennessee Moon

2. One Good Love

3. Shame

4. A Matter Of Love

5. Marry Me

6. Deep Inside Of You

7. Gold Don't Rust

8. Like You Do

9. Can Anybody Hear Me

10. Win The World

11. No Limit

12. Reminisce For A While

13. Kentucky Woman

14. If I Lost My Way

15. Everybody

16. Talking Optimist

17. Open Wide These Prison Doors

18. Blues Highway


Track List: Live In America

Disc 1

1. America (Live At San Jose Arena / 1993)

2. Hello Again (Live At U.S. Air Arena / 1993)

3. Kentucky Woman (Live At Centroplex / 1993)

4. You Got To Me (Live At Kansas Coliseum / 1993)

5. Cherry, Cherry (Live At Delta Center / 1993)

6. I'm A Believer (Live At Delta Center / 1993)

7. Sweet Caroline (Live At Madison Square Garden / 1993)

8. Love On The Rocks (Live At Richmond Coliseum / 1993)

9. Hooked On The Memory Of You (Feat. Linda Press) (Live At Great Western Forum / 1992)

10. Lady Oh (Live At The Palace, Auburn Hills / 1993)

11. Beautiful Noise (Live At Nassau Coliseum / 1993)

12. Play Me (Live At The Centroplex / 1993)

13. Up On The Roof (Live At Great Western Forum / 1993)

14. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (Feat. Raven Kane) (Live At Hartford Civic Center / 1993)

15. River Deep, Mountain High (Live At Great Western Forum / 1993)

16. I (Who Have Nothing) (Live At Chicago Stadium / 1993)

Disc 2

1. Missa (Feat. Raven Kane, Julia Waters, Maxine Waters, Oren Waters, Craig Copeland & Josef Powell) (Live At Great Western Forum / 1993)

2. Soolaimon (Live At Great Western Forum / 1993)

3. Holly Holy (Live At Chicago Stadium / 1993)

4. And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind (Live At Philadelphia Spectrum / 1993)

5. You Don't Bring Me Flowers (Feat. Raven Kane) (Live At Philadelphia Spectrum / 1993)

6. September Morn (Live At Great Western Forum / 1992)

7. Havah Nagilah (Live At Nutter Center / 1993)

8. Solitary Man (Live At Target Center / 1992)

9. Red, Red Wine (Live At Great Western Forum / 1992)

10. Song Sung Blue (Live At Great Western Forum / 1993)

11. Forever In Blue Jeans (Live At Vetrans Memorial Auditorium / 1993)

12. Heartlight (Live At Madison Square Garden / 1993)

13. Cracklin' Rosie (Live At Great Western Forum / 1993)

14. I Am...I Said (Live At Madison Square Garden / 1993)

15. Crunchy Granola Suite (Live At Oakland Coliseum / 1992)

16. Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show (Live At Delta Center / 1993)


Track List: Up On The Roof: Songs From The Brill Building

1. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (Feat. Dolly Parton)

2. Up On The Roof

3. Love Potion Number Nine

4. Will You Love Me Tomorrow

5. Don't Be Cruel

6. Do Wah Diddy Diddy (Feat. Mary's Danish)

7. I (Who Have Nothing)

8. Do You Know The Way To San Jose?

9. Don't Make Me Over

10. River Deep - Mountain High

11. A Groovy Kind Of Love

12. Spanish Harlem

13. Sweets For My Sweet

14. Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen

15. Ten Lonely Guys

16. Save The Last Dance For Me


Track List: Glory Road - 1968 To 1972

Disc 1

1. Brooklyn Roads

2. Shilo

3. Two-Bit Manchild (Single Version)

4. Sunday Sun

5. Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show

6. And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind

7. Sweet Caroline (Single Version)

8. Glory Road

9. Memphis Streets

10. If I Never Knew Your Name

11. Juliet

12. Ain't No Way

13. Until It's Time For You To Go

14. New York Boy

15. Holly Holy (Single Version)

16. Both Sides Now

17. And The Singer Sings His Song

18. Lordy (1970) (Live)

19. Solitary Man (1970) (Live)

Disc 2

1. Kentucky Woman (1970) (Live)

2. Thank The Lord For The Night Time (1970) (Live)

3. Cracklin' Rosie (Single Version)

4. He Ain't Heavy ... He's My Brother

5. Free Life

6. Soolaimon (Single Version)

7. Done Too Soon

8. I Am...I Said (Single Version)

9. The Last Thing On My Mind

10. Crunchy Granola Suite (Single Version)

11. Stones (Single Version)

12. I Think It's Gonna Rain Today

13. Song Sung Blue (Single Version)

14. Play Me

15. Walk On Water

16. Theme (Instrumental)

17. Morningside

18. Red, Red Wine (1972) (Live)

19. Cherry, Cherry (1972) (Live)


Track List: Lovescape

1. If There Were No Dreams

2. Mountains Of Love

3. Don't Turn Around

4. Someone Who Believes In You

5. When You Miss Your Love

6. Fortune Of The Night

7. One Hand, One Heart

8. Hooked On The Memory Of You

9. Wish Everything Was Alright

10. The Way

11. Sweet L.A. Days

12. All I Really Need Is You

13. Lonely Lady #17

14. I Feel You

15. Common Ground


Track List: The Best Years Of Our Lives

1. The Best Years Of Our Lives

2. Hard Times For Lovers

3. This Time

4. Everything's Gonna Be Fine

5. Hooked On The Memory Of You

6. Take Care Of Me

7. Baby Can I Hold You

8. Carmelita's Eyes

9. Courtin' Disaster

10. If I Couldn't See You Again

11. Long Hard Climb


Track List: Headed For The Future

1. Headed For The Future

2. The Man You Need

3. I'll See You On The Radio (Laura)

4. Stand Up For Love

5. It Should Have Been Me

6. Lost In Hollywood

7. The Story Of My Life

8. Angel

9. Me Beside You

10. Love Doesn't Live Here Anymore


Track List: Primitive

1. Turn Around

2. Primitive

3. Fire On The Tracks

4. Brooklyn On A Saturday Night

5. Sleep With Me Tonight

6. Crazy

7. My Time With You

8. Love's Own Song

9. It's A Trip (Go For The Moon)

10. You Make It Feel Like Christmas

11. One By One


Track List: Classics: The Early Years

1. Kentucky Woman

2. Cherry, Cherry

3. Solitary Man

4. You Got To Me

5. I Got The Feelin' (Oh No No)

6. Thank The Lord For The Night Time

7. I'm A Believer

8. Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon

9. Shilo

10. Do It

11. Red, Red Wine

12. The Boat That I Row


Track List: Heartlight

1. Heartlight

2. I'm Alive

3. I'm Guilty

4. Hurricane

5. Lost Among The Stars

6. In Ensenada

7. A Fool For You

8. Star Flight

9. Front Page Story

10. Comin' Home

11. First You Have To Say You Love Me


Track List: On The Way To The Sky*

1. Yesterday's Songs

2. On The Way To The Sky

3. Right By You

4. Only You

5. Save Me

6. Be Mine Tonight

7. The Drifter

8. Fear Of The Marketplace

9. Rainy Day Song

10. Guitar Heaven

11. Love Burns


Track List: Love Songs

1. Theme

2. Stones

3. If You Go Away

4. The Last Thing On My Mind

5. Coldwater Morning

6. Juliet

7. Both Sides Now

8. Play Me

9. Hurtin' You Don't Come Easy

10. Husbands And Wives

11. Until It's Time For You To Go

12. And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind

13. Modern Day Version Of Love

14. Suzanne


Track List: The Jazz Singer

1. America

2. Adon Olom

3. You Baby

4. Love On The Rocks

5. Amazed And Confused

6. On The Robert E. Lee

7. Summerlove

8. Hello Again

9. Acapulco

10. Hey Louise

11. Songs Of Life

12. Jerusalem


Track List: September Morn

1. September Morn

2. Mama Don't Know

3. That Kind

4. Jazz Time

5. The Good Lord Loves You

6. Dancing In The Street

7. The Shelter Of Your Arms

8. I'm A Believer

9. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine

10. Stagger Lee


Track List: You Don't Bring Me Flowers

1. The American Popular Song

2. Forever In Blue Jeans

3. Remember Me

4. You've Got Your Troubles

6. The Dancing Bumble Bee / Bumble Boogie

7. Mothers And Daughters, Fathers And Sons

8. Memphis Flyer

9. Say Maybe

10. Diamond Girls


Track List: I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight

1. God Only Knows

2. Let Me Take You In My Arms Again

3. Once In A While

4. Let The Little Boy Sing

5. I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight

6. Lament In D Minor / Dance Of The Sabres

7. Desirée

8. As If

9. You Don't Bring Me Flowers (Solo Version)

10. Free Man In Paris


Track List: Beautiful Noise

1. Beautiful Noise

2. Stargazer

3. Lady-Oh

4. Don't Think...Feel

5. Surviving The Life

6. If You Know What I Mean

7. Steet Life

8. Home Is A Wounded Heart

9. Jungletime

10. Signs

11. Dry Your Eyes


Track List: His 12 Greatest Hits

1. Sweet Caroline (Live At The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles-1972)

2. Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show

3. Shilo

4. Holly Holy (Live At The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles-1972)

5. Brooklyn Roads

6. Cracklin' Rosie

7. Play Me

8. Done Too Soon

9. Stones

10. Song Sung Blue

11. Soolaimon

12. I Am...I Said


Track List: Serenade

1. I've Been This Way Before

2. Rosemary's Wine

3. Lady Magdelene

4. The Last Picasso

5. Longfellow Serenade

6. Yes I Will

7. Reggae Strut

8. The Gift Of Song


Track List: Rainbow

1. Everybody's Talkin'

2. Both Sides Now

3. Husbands And Wives

4. Chelsea Morning

5. Until It's Time For You To Go

6. The Last Thing On My Mind

7. Suzanne ([blank)

8. Mr. Bojangles

9. If You Go Away

10. I Think It's Gonna Rain Today

11. He Ain't Heavy ... He's My Brother


Track List: Sweet Caroline

1. Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show

2. Dig In

3. River Runs, New Grown Plums

4. Juliet

5. Long Gone

6. And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind

7. Glory Road

8. Deep In The Morning

9. If I Never Knew Your Name

10. Memphis Streets

11. You're So Sweet, Horseflies Keep Hangin' Round Your Face

12. Hurtin' You Don't Come Easy

13. Sweet Caroline


Track List: Moods

1. Song Sung Blue

2. Porcupine Pie

3. High Rolling Man

4. Canta Libre

5. Captain Sunshine

6. Play Me

7. Gitchy Goomy

8. Walk On Water

9. Theme

10. Prelude in E Minor

11. Morningside


Track List: Stones

1. I Am...I Said

2. The Last Thing On My Mind

3. Husbands And Wives

4. Chelsea Morning

5. Crunchy Granola Suite

6. Stones

7. If You Go Away

8. Suzanne

9. I Think It's Gonna Rain Today

10. I Am...I Said (Reprise)


Track List: Tap Root Manuscript

1. Cracklin' Rosie

2. Free LIfe

3. Coldwater Morning

4. Done Too Soon

5. He Ain't Heavy...He's My Brother

6. Childsong

7. I Am The Lion

8. Madrigal

9. Soolaimon

10. Missa

11. African Trilogy

12. Childsong (Reprise)


Track List: Touching You, Touching Me

1. Everybody's Talkin'

2. Mr. Bojangles

3. Smokey Lady

4. Holly Holy

5. Both Sides Now

6. And The Singer Sings His Song

7. Ain't No Way

8. New York Boy

9. Until It's Time For You To Go


Track List: Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show

1. Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show

2. Dig In

3. River Runs, New Grown Plums

4. Juliet

5. Long Gone

6. And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind

7. Glory Road

8. Deep In The Morning

9. If I Never Knew Your Name

10. Memphis Streets

11. You're So Sweet, Horseflies Keep Hangin' Round Your Face

12. Hurtin' You Don't Come Easy


Track List: Velvet Gloves And Spit

1. Two-Bit Manchild

2. Modern Day Version Of Love

3. Honey-Drippin' Times

4. The Pot Smoker's Song

5. Brooklyn Roads

6. Shilo

7. Sunday Sun

8. Holiday Inn Blues

9. Practically Newborn

10. Knackelflerg

11. Merry-Go-Round


Track List: Freedom Song (Never Take Us Down) (Single)


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dragonlady60 8 8
Gorgeous man and voice
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Neal Diamond great music I am said I
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Song Sung Blue weeping like a willow
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Thank you!
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Been a fan of his for 50 years. I enjoy hearing him sing just as much today as I did back then. Timeless, simply timeless. One of the greats, at least in my book.
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,I am I said. Love Neil Diamond
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Love love love your music! I'm glad to see that you are still releasing albums! ! Thank u for your music!
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Neil Diamond is one of the greatest singers/song w r i t e r s in history. Writing not only for himself, but for others. Absolutely THE BEST !
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Been a fan since he first album, 50+ years of great music.
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Sweet Carolina
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Great song, story of the holiness of love in people
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Dogs of the hearts
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So many memories..I can remember the time very well. Thank you for providing a case to hold my memories in..
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He was cool before the word cool came out !!
I remember years gone by
Hit after Hit
Definitely one of the best song writers singer..very very talented and gifted he never Missed opportunity of growth still playing today!!
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Good song I am I said
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Neil Diamond great singer and still singing today; quality and longevity, he the best!
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This is comments for the singer and his song not attacks about long comment.
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damn! that's the longest bio I've ever seen in here. all that for one dude? Once I saw the word opprobrium I knew this writer was the chatty self-importa n t type and that's where I pretty much quit reading...
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dragonlady60 8 8
Love Neil....
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Neil Diamond the ever-present singer, great voice and stage presence... I love his music!
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This song takes me to a beautifully melancholy place. Just watched The Jazz singer the other night. Loved it.
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i love this song
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Neil is a Icon of our time his music is rich and inspiring in a simple way not complex and fun to listen to. He will always be one of my favored artist of our time. The sixties and seventies were the best time for music even todays young people envy us for living through those years of innovation and creativity. We are lucky and Neil is one of the gems we cherish. Keep on chucking Neil you got my vote.
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Neil Diamond's best music was released between 1966 and 1971 when he was young, hungry and struggling. That is true for most pop and R&R artists. He lost me when he started wearing sequins and doing duets with Barbra Steisand.
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He sings Soooo SEXY!!! Oooo La La!! ;)
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Who is with me.who ever likes me gets good luck TRUE
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His best song.
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For ever in blue jeans
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Diamond ��
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dragonlady60 8 8
One of my Faves by Neil
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Love Neil!!!!
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This song is me . I'm here but I rather be some place else
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Now I get it
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