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Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond Biography


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Neil Diamond (born Neil Leslie Diamond on January 24, 1941) is a singer/songwriter who has had a number of hits in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, and who has maintained a very loyal following with popular live performances to this day.

Diamond was born and raised in Brooklyn, attending high school with Barbra Streisand (and singing with her in the school choir). He learned to play guitar after receiving one as a gift on his 16th birthday.

He spent his early career as a writer in the Brill Building, and had an early success writing the song 'I'm A Believer' for The Monkees.

When he first auditioned to record, he used the moniker Eice Cherry, but the name did not stick, so he eventually used his real name.

He signed a deal with Bang! Records, and had a string of singles as the primary performer, including 'Kentucky Woman', 'Cherry, Cherry', and 'Solitary Man'.

He moved to Los Angeles, California in 1970, and signed a deal with MCA Records (then called Uni Records). His sound mellowed, with such songs as 'Sweet Caroline' and 'Song Sung Blue'. 'Sweet Caroline' has since become a rallying cry of Red Sox Nation, however unlikely this may seem.

In 1973, Diamond hopped labels again, this time to Columbia Records, where he recorded the soundtrack to Jonathan Livingston Seagull. In 1974, he released the album Serenade (songs: 'Longfellow Serenade', 'I've Been This Way Before'). In 1976, he released Beautiful Noise, produced by The Band's Robbie Robertson.

In 1977, he released an album I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight, which included the track 'You Don't Bring Me Flowers'. The song was covered by Barbra Streisand on her album Songbird, which led one disc jockey to combine the two in a virtual duet. The popularity of the virtual duet motivated Diamond and Streisand to record the real thing, which became a very large hit in 1978. A movie version of the song (starring Diamond and Streisand) was planned, 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 singles 'America', 'Love On The Rocks', and 'Hello Again'. This would be the apex of his recording career.

In 2000, he was awarded the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Today, Diamond continues to tour, and still releases new studio and live compilation box sets of his greatest hits, and most recently recorded an album of movie songs. Members of his family now perform in his back-up band.

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The Essential Neil Diamond "By Neil Diamond. For voice, piano and guitar chords. Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook. Pop Rock. Difficulty: medium to medium-difficult. Songbook. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 213 pages. Published by

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The Story Of My Life "By Neil Diamond. For voice, piano and guitar chords. Piano Vocal. Pop Rock. Difficulty: medium. Single. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 3 pages. Published by Hal Leonard"

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Sweet Caroline "By Neil Diamond. For voice, piano and guitar chords. Piano Vocal. Pop Rock. Difficulty: medium. Single. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 5 pages. Published by Hal Leonard"

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The Neil Diamond Collection - Easy Piano "By Neil Diamond. For easy piano, voice, voice, easy piano and guitar chords. Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook. Pop Rock. Difficulty: easy-medium. Songbook. Vocal melody, easy piano notation, lyrics and chord names. 128 pages. Published by Hal Leonard"

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E-Z Play Today #110 - The Neil Diamond Collection "(E-Z Play Today Volume 110). For voice and keyboard. Hal Leonard E-Z Play Today. Pop Rock. Difficulty: easy. Keyboard/vocal/chords songbook (big note notation). Lyrics, chord names, big note notation and registration guide. 144 pages. Published by Hal Le

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The Greatest Hits 1966-1992 "By Neil Diamond. For voice, piano and guitar chords. Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook. Pop Rock. Difficulty: medium. Songbook. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 202 pages. Published by Hal Leonard"

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Sweet Caroline (from Glee). By Neil Diamond and Glee Cast. By Neil Diamond. Edited by Kirby Shaw. Arranged by Adam Anders. SATB. Pop Choral Series. 8 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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Sweet Caroline "By Neil Diamond, Glee (TV Series), and Glee Cast. For easy piano. Film/TV; Pop; Rock. 3 pages. Published by Hal Leonard - Digital Sheet Music"

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Sweet Caroline By Neil Diamond. By Neil Diamond. Arranged by Tim Waters. Score & Parts. Discovery Plus Concert Band. Grade 2. Softcover. Published by Hal Leonard

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Sweet Caroline (from Glee). By Neil Diamond and Glee Cast. By Neil Diamond. Edited by Kirby Shaw. Arranged by Adam Anders. TTB. Pop Choral Series. 8 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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Pretty Amazing Grace By Neil Diamond. Piano Vocal. 12 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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Neil Diamond "By Neil Diamond. For voice and C instrument. Hal Leonard Paperback Songs. Pop Rock. Difficulty: easy-medium to medium. Fakebook. Vocal melody, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord guide. 255 pages. Published by Hal Leonard"

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Sweet Caroline By Neil Diamond. By Neil Diamond. Arranged by Johnnie Vinson. Score & Parts. Discovery Concert Band. Grade 1.5. Softcover. Published by Hal Leonard

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You Don't Bring Me Flowers "By Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand. For voice, piano and guitar chords. Piano Vocal. Pop Vocal and Adult Contemporary. Difficulty: medium. Single. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 6 pages. Published by H

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Neil Diamond - Home Before Dark By Neil Diamond. Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook. Softcover. 88 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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"Red, Red Wine" "By Neil Diamond. For piano, voice, and guitar (chords only). Rock. 4 pages. Published by Hal Leonard - Digital Sheet Music"

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Neil Diamond (Piano Play-Along Volume 88). By Neil Diamond. Piano Play-Along. Softcover with CD. 48 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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The Jazz Singer "By Neil Diamond. For voice, piano and guitar chords. Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook. Pop Rock and Movies. Difficulty: medium. Songbook. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 64 pages. Published by Hal Leona

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America "By Neil Diamond. For voice, piano and guitar chords. Piano Vocal. Pop Rock and Movies. Difficulty: medium. Single. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 9 pages. Published by Hal Leonard"

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Anthology - Easy Guitar "By Neil Diamond. For guitar and voice. Easy Guitar. Pop Rock. Difficulty: easy-medium. Easy guitar/vocal songbook (no tablature). Vocal melody, lyrics, chord names, guitar chord diagrams and strum and pick patterns. 135 pages. Published by Hal Leonard"

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