Neil Diamond

American recording artist; singer-songwriter

Neil Leslie Diamond (born 24 January, 1941)[2] 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.[2]

Neil Diamond
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Background information
Birth nameNeil Leslie Diamond
Also known asThe Jewish Elvis,[1] The Diamond Cutter
Born (1941-01-24) January 24, 1941 (age 79)
OriginNew York City, U.S.
GenresRock, pop, folk, country
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
Years active1958 – present
LabelsBang, 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.[2]

Diamond is Jewish.[3]

In January 2018, Diamond was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.[4][5]


  1. Wild, David (1992-08-06). "review of The Greatest Hits 1966-1992". Rolling Stone (magazine). Retrieved 2009-05-07.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs. London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 258. ISBN 978-0-214-20512-5.
  3. Diamond still loves singing at 71
  4. Mandell, Andrea (January 22, 2018). "Neil Diamond announces Parkinson's diagnosis, immediate retirement". USA Today. McLean, Virginia: Gannett Company. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  5. McLean, Rob (January 22, 2018). "Neil Diamond diagnosed with Parkinson's, retires from touring". CNN. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved January 22, 2018.