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Neil Diamond

Background information
Birth name Neil Leslie Diamond
Also known as The Diamond Cutter
Born January 24, 1941 (1941-01-24) (age 67)
Origin New York City, New York, USA
Genre(s) Rock, pop, folk, country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instrument(s) Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 1958Present
Label(s) Bang, Uni, MCA, Columbia
Website www.neildiamond.com
Members
Songwriters Hall of Fame
Long Island Music Hall of Fame

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From the 1960s to the 1980s, Diamond was a successful pop music performer, scoring a number of hits in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. As critic William Ruhlmann writes, "as of 2001, he claimed worldwide record sales of 115 million copies, and as of 2002 he was 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."[1] As of May 2005 he had sold 120 million records worldwide, including 48 million records in the U.S.[2] The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Barbara Joan Streisand (pronounced STRY-sand, IPA: ; born April 24, 1942) is a two time Academy Award-winning American singer and film and theatre actress. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American...


Though his record sales declined somewhat after the 1980s, Diamond continues to tour successfully, and maintains a very loyal following. Diamond's songs have been recorded by a vast array of performers from many different musical genres. Musical genres are categories which contain music which share a certain style or which have certain elements in common. ...


Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984, and then in 2000 was given Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award. The Songwriters Hall of Fame is an arm of the National Academy of Popular Music. ...

Contents

Biography

Early life and career

Neil Diamond was born into a Russian 8^) and Polish family and raised Jewish in New York City, growing up in the borough of Brooklyn, New York, and he attended Erasmus Hall and Abraham Lincoln High Schools.[3] At Erasmus Hall, he took part in SING! He also sang in the school choir with Barbra Streisand, who was then spelling her name "Barbara." At Lincoln, the school from which he received his high school diploma, he was a member of the fencing team. He later attended NYU on a fencing scholarship, specialing in epee. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article is about the New York City borough, or Kings County, New York. ... State nickname: Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York Governor George Pataki Official languages None Area 141,205 km² (27th)  - Land 122,409 km²  - Water 18,795 km² (13. ... Erasmus Hall High School is a high school in Kings County, New York (Brooklyn) in the New York City school system. ... Abraham Lincoln High School is a public high school located at 2800 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, New York, and is part of Region 7 in the New York City Department of Education. ... SING! is an annual student-run musical production put on by some high schools in the New York City area. ... Barbara Joan Streisand (pronounced STRY-sand, IPA: ; born April 24, 1942) is a two time Academy Award-winning American singer and film and theatre actress. ... Fencing advertisement for the 1900 Summer Olympic Games This article is about the sport, which is distinguished from stage fencing and academic fencing (mensur). ...


Diamond’s first recording contract was in 1960 with the Duel Records label, as "Neil and Jack," an Everly Brothers type duo, with a high school friend, Jack Packer. They recorded the single "What Will I Do" b/w "You are My Love at Last," but it was unsuccessful. Another single was released in 1962 with Jack Packer, "I'm Afraid" b/w "Till You've Tried Love" and again this single was also unsuccessful. In 1962, Diamond signed with the Columbia Records label as a solo performer. Columbia Records released the single "At Night" b/w "Clown Town" in July, 1963. Despite a tour of radio stations the single failed to make the music charts, and Billboard magazine reviewed "Clown Town" in their July 13, 1963 issue and gave it a excellent review and was predicted to be a hit but again, sales was a disappointment to Columbia and soon thereafter dropped Diamond from the record label. Soon after this, Diamond was back to writing songs on an upright piano above the Birdland Club. Don (born February 1, 1937 in Brownie, a small coal-mining town (now defunct) near Central City, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky) and Phil Everly (born January 18, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois) are country-influenced rock and roll performers who had their greatest success in the 1950s. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ...


He spent his early career as a writer in the Brill Building, and had an early success writing the songs "I'm a Believer", "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You," "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)," and Love to Love which were recorded by The Monkees. There is a popular misconception that Diamond wrote and composed these songs specifically for the "Pre-Fab Four." In reality, Diamond had written, composed, and recorded these songs for release himself, but the cover versions were released before his own. The unintended, but happy, consequence of this was that Diamond began to gain fame not only as a singer and performer, but also as a songwriter. "Believer" was the Popular Music Song of the Year in 1966. Artists rendition of the Brill Buildings main entrance on Broadway The Brill Building (built 1930) is an office building located at 1619 Broadway in New York City, just north of Times Square. ... Music sample: The Monkees - Im a Believer ( file info) — 16 seconds (of 2:47) Problems listening to the file? See media help. ... Categories: | ... Love to Love is a romance-based show on Filipino television. ... The Monkees were a pop-rock quartet created and based in Los Angeles in 1965 for an NBC American television series of the same name. ...


The 1960s

Diamond then signed a deal with Bert Berns' Bang Records label in 1966. "Solitary Man" was his first hit on the music charts, and Diamond followed it with "Kentucky Woman," "Cherry, Cherry" and other hits. An alternate version of "Cherry Cherry" can be found on the "In My Lifetime" album. Diamond's Bang recordings were produced by legendary Brill Building songwriters Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, both of whom can be heard singing backgrounds on many of the tracks. Bertrand Russell Berns (November 8, 1929 - December 30, 1967) (a/k/a Bert Russell and Bert Berns) was one of the great American songwriters and record producers of the 1960s. ... Bang Records was created by Bert Berns in 1965 together with his partners from Atlantic Records: Ahmet Ertegun, Neshui Ertegun and Jerry Wexler (Gerald). ... Cherry, Cherry was written and sung by Neil Diamond. ... Jeff Barry (born Joel Adelberg, 1938, Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Ellie Greenwich (born 1940, Brooklyn, N.Y.) comprised one of the most prolific and successful Brill Building song writing and production teams in the early 1960s. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


His first concerts saw him being a "special guest" of, or opening for, everyone from Herman's Hermits to, on one occasion, The Who, which he confirmed on an installment of VH1's documentary series program Behind The Music. Hermans Hermits were an English rock band in the 1960s, formed in Manchester in 1963. ... The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964. ... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994 and VH1: Music First until 2003) is an American digital television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently... For the album by The Soundtrack of Our Lives, see Behind the Music (album). ...


However, Diamond began to feel restricted by Bang Records, and wanted to record more ambitious, introspective music. Finding a loophole in his contract with Bang, Diamond tried to sign with a new record label, but the result was a series of lawsuits that coincided with a dip in Diamond's professional success. Diamond eventually triumphed in court, and secured ownership of his BANG-era master recordings in 1977.


The 1970s

After Diamond had signed a deal with the MCA Records label of Universal Pictures' parent company, MCA Inc., whose label was then called the Uni Records label in the late 1960s, he moved to Los Angeles, California in 1970. His sound mellowed, with such songs as "'Cracklin' Rosie," "Sweet Caroline," and the country-and-western tinged "Song Sung Blue", which reached #1 on the Hot 100. "Sweet Caroline" was Diamond's first major hit after his slump. Diamond recently admitted in 2007 he had written "Sweet Caroline" for Caroline Kennedy after seeing her on the cover of LIFE magazine in an equestrian riding outfit. It took him just one hour in a Memphis hotel to pen the song. The song is now regularly heard at the ground of League One football side Carlisle United - it is the song the players make their entrance to. MCA Records was an American-based record company owned by MCA Inc. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... The Music Corporation of America was a United States based corporation in the music business. ... Uni Records was a subsidiary of MCA Records. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Cracklin Rosie is a song written and performed by Neil Diamond. ... For the Prison Break episode, see Sweet Caroline (Prison Break episode). ... Caroline Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg (born November 27, 1957) is the daughter and only surviving child of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline. ... This article is about life in general. ...


In 1972, Diamond played ten sold out concerts at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. During one of these concerts, he is quoted to have said "I'm playing for you too, tree people," referring to the people hiding and listening from the trees on the hills surrounding the theatre. The performance on Thursday August the 24th was recorded and released as the live double album Hot August Night. This album demonstrates Diamond's skills as a performer and showman, as he reinvigorated his back catalogue of hits with new energy; critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine calls Hot August Night "the ultimate Neil Diamond record ... [which] shows Diamond the icon in full glory."[4]The album has become a classic, and in Australia, spent a remarkable 29 weeks at number 1 on the music charts; in 2006, it was voted #16 in a poll of favourite albums of all time in Australia.[5] The 1977 concert Love at The Greek, a return to the Greek Theatre, includes a version of "Song Sung Blue" with duets with Helen Reddy and Henry Winkler a.k.a. Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli of Happy Days. The Greek Theatre is a 5,700-seat amphitheater located at Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California. ... In 1972, Neil Diamond played ten sold out concerts at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. ... 2003 Greatest Hits compilation Helen Reddy (born October 25, 1941 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian pop singer and actor. ... Dr. Henry Franklin Jameson Frederick Winkler (born October 30, 1945) is a Golden Globe Award-winning American actor, director, producer and author. ... Whos cool, and has two thumbs? This guy! - Fonzie Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli, popularly known as The Fonz or simply Fonzie, was a fictional character in the American sitcom Happy Days (1974–1984) played by Henry Winkler. ... For other uses, see Happy Days (disambiguation). ...


In 1973, Diamond hopped labels again, this time returning, at great expense, to the Columbia Records label, where he recorded the soundtrack to Hall Bartlett's film version of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, which grossed more than the film itself did. The film received hostile reviews and did poor box-office business, and even Richard Bach, author of the source story, disowned the film. In 1974, Diamond released the album Serenade, from which the songs "Longfellow Serenade" and "I've Been This Way Before" were released. The second of those, though it had been intended for the Jonathan Livingston Seagull score, was completed too late for inclusion on it. In 1976, he released Beautiful Noise, produced by The Band's Robbie Robertson. Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Hall Bartlett (born November 27, 1922; died September 7, 1993) was an American film producer, director, and writer. ... In 1973 Neil Diamond recorded the soundtrack to the film Jonathan Livingston Seagull on Columbia Records. ... Richard David Bach (b. ... Neil Diamonds second album for Columbia records, Serenade was released in 1974. ... In 1973 Neil Diamond recorded the soundtrack to the film Jonathan Livingston Seagull on Columbia Records. ... Beautiful Noise was the third album for Neil Diamond on Columbia Records, and was released in 1976. ... For other uses, see Band. ... Robbie Robertson (born Jaime Robert Robertson, 5 July 1943, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a songwriter, guitarist and singer, best known for his membership in The Band. ...


On Thanksgiving night, 1976, Neil made an appearance at The Band's farewell concert, The Last Waltz. He performed one song, "Dry Your Eyes", which he had jointly written and composed with The Band's Robbie Robertson, and which had appeared on what was then his most recent album, Beautiful Noise. In addition, he joined the rest of the performers onstage at the end in a rendition of Bob Dylan's I Shall Be Released. For other uses, see Band. ... The Last Waltz was a concert by the Canadian-American rock group, The Band, held on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. ... Robbie Robertson (born Jaime Robert Robertson, 5 July 1943, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a songwriter, guitarist and singer, best known for his membership in The Band. ... Beautiful Noise was the third album for Neil Diamond on Columbia Records, and was released in 1976. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... I Shall Be Released is a 1967 song written by Bob Dylan. ...


In 1977, Diamond released an album titled I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight, which included the selection "You Don't Bring Me Flowers." He had composed its music and collaborated on its lyrics with Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman. The song was covered by Barbra Streisand on her album Songbird, which led Gary Guthrie, then Program Director at WAKY Radio in Louisville, Kentucky, to combine the two recordings in a virtual duet. The popularity of the virtual duet motivated Diamond and Streisand to record the real thing, which was a number one hit in 1978 and became his third song to top the Hot 100 to date. His last 1970s album was September Morn, which includes his new recorded version of I'm a Believer. It and Red Red Wine are the two best-known selections of his authorship and composition to have had other artists make them more famous than his own versions. You Dont Bring Me Flowers, written by Neil Diamond, is a song about two lovers who have drifted apart while they go through the motions and heartache of life together. ... Alan Bergman (born 11 September 1925) is a prolific lyricist and songwriter, particularly of music for stage and film. ... Marilyn Bergman (née Keith, born 1929) is a composer, songwriter and author. ... Barbara Joan Streisand (pronounced STRY-sand, IPA: ; born April 24, 1942) is a two time Academy Award-winning American singer and film and theatre actress. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Music sample: The Monkees - Im a Believer ( file info) — 16 seconds (of 2:47) Problems listening to the file? See media help. ... Red Red Wine is a song originally written and recorded by Neil Diamond that was then covered by Tony Tribe and more famously by UB40 in later years. ...


The 1980s to present

A movie version of "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" was planned to star Diamond and Streisand, but plans fell through when Diamond starred in a remake of the Al Jolson classic The Jazz Singer in 1980, opposite Sir Laurence Olivier and Lucie Arnaz. Though the movie was not a blockbuster hit at the box office, the soundtrack was a hugely successful album, spawning the 3 Top 10 singles "Love on the Rocks", "Hello Again", and "America". For his role in the film itself, Diamond became the first ever Winner of a Worst Actor Razzie Award, yet he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the same role. Al Jolson (May 26, 1886–October 23, 1950) was a highly acclaimed American singer, comedian and actor of Jewish heritage whose career lasted from 1911 until his death in 1950. ... The Jazz Singer (1927) is a U.S. movie musical and the first feature-length motion picture with talking sequences. ... The Jazz Singer was a 1980 musical remake of the 1927 classic, The Jazz Singer. ... Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM, (IPA: ; 22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and four-time Emmy winning English actor, director, and producer. ... Lucie Arnaz (born Lucie Desiree Arnaz on July 17, 1951) is an American actress. ... America (also known as Theyre Coming To America or Coming To America) is the name of a patriotic song written and originally recorded by Neil Diamond, released in 1980 as part of the The Jazz Singer soundtrack album. ... The Golden Raspberries or Razzies were created by John Wilson in 1980, intended to complement the Academy Awards by dishonoring the worst acting, screenwriting, songwriting, directing, and films that the film industry had to offer. ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...


Another Top 10 chart selection, "Heartlight," was inspired by the blockbuster 1982 movie E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Though the film's title character is never actually mentioned anywhere in the lyrics, Universal Pictures, which had released E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and was the parent company of the Uni Records label, by then referred to as the MCA Records label, for which Diamond had recorded for years, briefly threatened legal action against both Diamond and the Columbia Records label. The song by Neil Diamond is strongly based and inspired by the 1982 sci-fi blockbuster movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. ... For the Atari 2600 video game based on the movie, see E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Atari 2600). ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... For the Atari 2600 video game based on the movie, see E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Atari 2600). ... Uni Records was a subsidiary of MCA Records. ... MCA Records was an American-based record company owned by MCA Inc. ...


As noted previously, Diamond's record sales slumped somewhat in the 1980s and 1990s; indeed, as of this time, his last single to make the Billboard charts was released in 1986. However, he continued to make profitable tours.


Diamond sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XXI in January, 1987.

Neil Diamond had a small role playing himself in the 2001 comedy Saving Silverman.

The 1990s and 2000s saw a resurgence in Diamond's popularity. His song "America" was a theme song for Michael Dukakis's 1988 Presidential campaign, and later used in promotional advertisements for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. "Sweet Caroline" is a popular sing-along at sporting events and Boston College Football and Basketball games, and is, most notably, the theme song for Red Sox Nation (despite Neil Diamond's frequent assertions that he has been a lifelong "Yankees fan"); the song also gets playing time during the 8th inning of every Mets home game at Shea Stadium, and Washington Nationals games. The New York Rangers also have adopted it as their own and play in when they are winning at the end of the 3rd period. Urge Overkill recorded a memorable version of Diamond's "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" for Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, released in 1994. In the 2001 comedy film Saving Silverman the main characters play in a Neil Diamond cover band, and Diamond made an extended cameo appearance as himself. During this period, Will Ferrell did a recurring impersonation of Neil on Saturday Night Live, with Diamond himself appearing alongside Ferrell on his final show as a Not Ready For Prime Time Player in May 2002. The Finnish band HIM covered "Solitary Man" on their album And Love Said No: The Greatest Hits 1997-2004. Other notable artists who have covered Neil Diamond songs are Elvis Presley, who interpreted "Sweet Caroline" and "And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind," the musical team Deep Purple, which interpreted "Kentucky Woman," Lulu, who covered "The Boat That I Row," Cliff Richard, who released versions of "I'll Come Running," "Solitary Man" "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon", "I Got The Feelin' (Oh No, No,)", and Just Another Guy. UB40, whose version of "Red Red Wine", like the Monkees's version of "I'm a Believer", became, as previously noted, better known than Diamond's original, and T. G. Sheppard and Johnny Cash, who each covered "Solitary Man." Despite Diamond's Jewish faith, he has released two Christmas albums. Image File history File links Neil Diamond had a brief cameo playing himself in the 2003 film, File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... This article is about the year. ... Saving Silverman is a 2001 black comedy film, directed by Dennis Dugan. ... America (also known as Theyre Coming To America or Coming To America) is the name of a patriotic song written and originally recorded by Neil Diamond, released in 1980 as part of the The Jazz Singer soundtrack album. ... Michael Stanley Dukakis (born November 3, 1933) is an American Democratic politician, former Governor of Massachusetts, and the Democratic presidential nominee in 1988. ... The 2002 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIX Olympic Winter Games, and with the theme slogan Light The Fire Within, were celebrated in 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Salt Lake Citys top tourist draw. ... For the Prison Break episode, see Sweet Caroline (Prison Break episode). ... For similarly-named academic institutions, see Education in Boston, MA. Boston College (BC) is a private university located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, in the New England region of the United States. ... Redsox Nation Logo Red Sox Nation is a term given to fans of the Boston Red Sox. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... Urge Overkill is an alternative rock band, formed in Chicago, United States, consisting of Nathan Nash Kato Katruud (vocals/guitar), and Eddie King Roeser (vocals/guitar/bass guitar). ... Girl, Youll Be a Woman Soon is a song written by Neil Diamond, whose recording of it reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1967. ... Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is an Academy Award- and Palme dOr-winning American film director, screenwriter and actor. ... Pulp Fiction is a 1994 film by director Quentin Tarantino, who cowrote the film with Roger Avary. ... Comedy film is genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humor. ... Saving Silverman is a 2001 black comedy film, directed by Dennis Dugan. ... A cover band (or covers band) is a band that plays only cover songs. ... 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Girl, Youll Be a Woman Soon is a song written by Neil Diamond, whose recording of it reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1967. ... UB40 are a British dub band formed in 1978 in Birmingham. ... Red Red Wine is a song originally written and recorded by Neil Diamond that was then covered by Tony Tribe and more famously by UB40 in later years. ... For the song of the same name, recorded by Tracy Byrd and later by Jason Aldean, see Johnny Cash (song). ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination of these attributes. ... For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ...

The handprints of Neil Diamond in front of The Great Movie Ride at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.
The handprints of Neil Diamond in front of The Great Movie Ride at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.

Diamond has always had a somewhat polarizing effect, best exemplified by the 1991 film What About Bob? There the protagonist posits, "There are two types of people in the world: those who like Neil Diamond and those who don't." The character "Bob" attributes the failure of his marriage to his fiancee's fondness for Neil Diamond. Image File history File linksMetadata Neil. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Neil. ... The Great Movie Ride is an attraction at Walt Disney Worlds Disney-MGM Studios theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. ... Cinderella Castle, at the center of the Magic Kingdom, is Walt Disney World Resorts most recognizable icon Introduction Owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company, the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, USA is home to four theme parks, two water parks, several resort hotels and golf courses... Disneys Hollywood Studios is a theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar. ... For the Dresden Files episode, see What About Bob? (Dresden). ...


Today, Diamond continues to tour and record. 12 Songs, recorded with producer Rick Rubin was released on November 8, 2005 in two editions: a standard 12-song release, and a special edition with two bonus tracks, including one featuring backing vocals by Brian Wilson. The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard album chart, and has received generally positive reviews; Earliwine describes the album as "inarguably Neil Diamond's best set of songs in a long, long time." [1] 12 Songs also ended up being infamous for being one of the last albums to be pressed and released by Sony BMG with the infamous XCP digital rights management software embedded onto the disc. (See the 2005 Sony BMG CD copy protection scandal.) 12 Songs is an album by Neil Diamond. ... Frederick Jay Rick Rubin (born March 10, 1963 in Lido Beach, New York) is a Jewish American record producer and is currently the co-head of Columbia Records. ... is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other persons named Brian Wilson, see Brian Wilson (disambiguation). ... Bertelsmann is a transnational media corporation founded in 1835, based in G tersloh, Germany. ... XCP - the XML Control Protocol - is a drop-in replacement for traditional Transmission Control Protocol, or TCP. External links XCP Consortium Categories: Internet protocols | XML | TLAs ... Digital rights management (DRM) is an umbrella term that refers to access control technologies used by publishers and copyright holders to limit usage of digital media or devices. ... The 2005 Sony BMG CD copy protection scandal was a public scandal dealing with Sony BMG Music Entertainments surreptitious distribution of rootkit software on audio compact discs. ...


On December 31, 2005 Diamond appeared on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2006. is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dick Clarks New Years Rockin Eve is a television program, which airs every New Years Eve on ABC. It has been hosted by American television legend Dick Clark since its first airing on December 31, 1972. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On January 15, 2006, Diamond performed a concert on the opening night of the new Stockton Arena in Stockton, California. Diamond had been paid a $1,000,000 fee to perform, but, due to slow ticket sales and inadequate time to promote the event, the city budget suffered a nearly $400,000 loss that resulted in the dismissal of the Stockton city manager several days later.[6] is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Stockton Arena is an indoor arena in Stockton, California. ... Nickname: Motto: Stocktons Great, Take A Look! Location in San Joaquin County and the state of California Coordinates: , Country State County San Joaquin Incorporated 1850 Government  - Mayor Edward J. Chavez  - City Manager J. Gordon Palmer, Jr. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The council-manager government is one of 2 main variations of representative municipal government (for contrast, also see Mayor-Council government). ...


In December 2007, a 2008 UK tour was announced calling at Manchester on June 7th & 8th, Birmingham on June 10th & 11th, & London on the June 21st, 23rd & 24th. This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... This article is about the British city. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


In January 2008 further UK dates were added including Hampden Park in Glasgow on the 5th June, Rose Bowl, Southampton on the 17th June & the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on the 19th June. For other uses, see Hampden Park (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Glasgow (disambiguation). ... The Rose Bowl can refer to: The Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California. ... For other uses, see Southampton (disambiguation). ... The Millennium Stadium (Welsh: Stadiwm y Mileniwm), is the national stadium of Wales, located in the capital Cardiff, and is used primarily for rugby union and football home internationals. ... This article is about the capital city of Wales. ...


On Sunday January 13, 2008, The UK's Mail on Sunday issued a free DVD of The Jazz Singer. is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...


On January 31, 2008 it was announced that he will appear at the upcoming Glastonbury Festival in the UK. is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, commonly abbreviated to Glastonbury or Glasto, is the largest[1] greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. ... The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country in western Europe, and member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the G8, the European Union, and NATO. Usually known simply as the United Kingdom, the UK, or (inaccurately) as Great Britain or Britain, the UK has four constituent...


He was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, 2007.[7] The Long Island Music Hall of Fame is an organization located in Lake Grove, New York. ...


On May 27th, 2006 he was given an Honorary Doctorate from San Francisco State University (SFSU).


Diamond's new album "Home Before Dark" will be released on May 6th 2008.


On March 19, 2008, it was announced on the TV show, American Idol, that Neil Diamond would be one of the featured coaches to the remaining Idol contestants in an upcoming show.


On April 8th, 2008, Diamond made a surprise announcement in a big-screen broadcast at Fenway Park (home of the world champion Boston Red Sox), that he would be appearing there "live in concert" on August 23, 2008 as part of his World Tour. The announcement, which marked the first official confirmation of any 2008 concert dates in the USA, came during the traditional eighth-inning sing-along of his "Sweet Caroline," which has become an anthem for Boston fans.


On April 15th, 2008, Diamond announced a summer US Tour schedule, hitting 37 cities starting July 19th and ending October 30th.


on April 29th & April 30th, 2008, Diamond will appear as guest 'mentor' on American Idol.


Personal life

Diamond married school teacher Jaye Posner in 1963 and they had two children, Marjorie and Elyn. This relationship ended in divorce in 1969. That year, Diamond married Marcia Murphey; they also had two children, both sons; the first was Jesse Michael Diamond, born in 1970, and the second was Micah Joseph Diamond, born February 14, 1978. Diamond's second marriage failed in 1995, and Diamond paid Marcia a divorce settlement of approximately $150 million, said to be the fourth-largest divorce settlement in history.[8] Neil's answer to this was, "She was worth every penny." He has been involved with Australian native Rachel "Rae" Farley, 31 years his junior, since 1996, having met her while she was handling merchandising during his 1996 Australian tour.[9] is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ...


Diamond is a fan of the Australian Rules Football team the Brisbane Lions as his girlfriend is a native of Brisbane, Australia.[10] He stated this in newspaper interviews that appeared leading up to and during his March 2005 tour of Australia. "Dinkum Diamond barracks for Lions," which correspondent Paul Stewart reported from Los Angeles in The Sunday Mail, August 22, 2004, and "Diamond lustre," published in The Courier Mail on March 11, 2005, tell more of the story. High marking is a key skill and spectacular attribute of Australian rules football Precise field and goal kicking using the oval shaped ball is the key skill in Australian rules football Australian rules football, also known as Australian football, Aussie rules, or simply football or footy is a code of... Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club (the trading name for the Brisbane Bears-Fitzroy Football Club) is an Australian Football League club based in Brisbane, Queensland. ... For other uses, see Brisbane (disambiguation). ... The Sunday Mail is Brisbanes only Sunday newspaper. ... The Courier-Mail is the only daily newspaper published in Brisbane, Australia. ...


Diamond belongs to that group of a small number of performers such as David Bowie, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Pink Floyd (from 1975's Wish You Were Here onward), Bruce Springsteen, Queen, Genesis (though under the members' individual names and/or the pseudonym Gelring Limited) and Johnny Rivers who have their name as the copyright owner on their recordings. (Most records have the recording company as the named owner of the recording.)[citation needed] David Bowie (pronounced ) (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an iconic English musician, actor, producer, arranger, and audio engineer. ... Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel who continues a successful solo career. ... William Joseph Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic or space rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Springsteen redirects here. ... Queen are an English rock band formed in 1971 in London by guitarist Brian May, lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. ... Genesis are an English rock band formed in 1967. ... Johnny Rivers (born John Henry Ramistella, 7 November 1942, in New York) is an American rock and roll singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. ... Not to be confused with copywriting. ...


Charitable work

In April 1992, Diamond worked with Australian artist Sharon Davson to launch the Hands Up project of Artists For Life.[11] Diamond originally just donated his autographed hand prints to raise funds and awareness for the charity, but the impact of the initiative spread, and over the years, Davson personally painted the hands of over 400 world leaders from many fields of endeavor. The concept has been copied by many other people and causes leading to countless funds raised for numerous causes. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ...


Discography

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Quotes

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  • "It's very difficult for me to say 'I love you' but to sing 'I love you' for me is easier."
  • "My voice is unadorned. I don't try for perfection. I try to be honest and truthful and soulful with the voice I have. If I make mistakes in notes, or there are cracks in notes, I don't fix them. That's the way it is."

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References

  1. ^ Allmusic.com Neil Diamond Biography
  2. ^ RIAA Top Artists)
  3. ^ Boyer, David. "NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: FLATBUSH; Grads Hail Erasmus as It Enters a Fourth Century", The New York Times, March 11, 2001. Accessed December 1, 2007.
  4. ^ Allmusic.com Hot August Night
  5. ^ ABC Australia My Favourite Albums
  6. ^ News10.net Stockton City Council Fires Manager 2006-1-18
  7. ^ Long Island Hall of Fame
  8. ^ Diamond is rumored to be the father of Dustin Diamond.askmen.com Top 10
  9. ^ NEWS
  10. ^ http://www.iaisnd.com/archivednews.cfm?id=265"Diamond lustre"
  11. ^ Davson Foundation/Hands Up - Celebrity Leader's Participation.htm

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NAME Diamond, Neil Leslie
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION American singer/songwriter/performing artist
DATE OF BIRTH January 24, 1941
PLACE OF BIRTH New York City, New York, United States
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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