Neil Leslie Diamond (born 24 January, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He wrote songs for Sonny and Cher, the Ronettes, Jay and the Americans and the Monkees. He began singing his own songs in 1966. From 1966 to 1968 he had written 14 hit songs and sold more than 12 million records. For a while he was the most highly paid performer in the world.
|Birth name||Neil Leslie Diamond|
|Also known as||The Jewish Elvis, The Diamond Cutter|
|Born||January 24, 1941|
|Origin||New York City, U.S.|
|Genres||Rock, pop, folk, country|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano|
|Years active||1958 – present|
|Labels||Bang, Uni, MCA, Columbia|
His first recording was "Solitary Man" in 1966. He recorded the album Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show which included the song "Sweet Caroline". This song reached number 3 on the US charts and sold more than a million copies.
- Wild, David (1992-08-06). "review of The Greatest Hits 1966-1992". Rolling Stone (magazine). Retrieved 2009-05-07.
- Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs. London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 258. ISBN 978-0-214-20512-5.
- Diamond still loves singing at 71
- Mandell, Andrea (January 22, 2018). "Neil Diamond announces Parkinson's diagnosis, immediate retirement". USA Today. McLean, Virginia: Gannett Company. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
- McLean, Rob (January 22, 2018). "Neil Diamond diagnosed with Parkinson's, retires from touring". CNN. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved January 22, 2018.