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Neil Diamond
Singer - Composer - Performer


 

Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades from the 1960s until the present.

SINGING "FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS"

As of 2001, Neil Diamond had sold over 115 million records worldwide including 48 million in the United States alone.[1][2] Neil Diamond is considered to be the third most successful adult contemporary artist ever on the Billboard chart behind Barbra Streisand and Elton John.[1] Neil Diamond's songs have been covered internationally by many performers from various musical genres.

Neil Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Additionally, Neil Diamond received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and in 2011 was an honoree at the Kennedy Center Honors. Neil Diamond has had eight number one hit singles: "Cracklin Rosie", "Song Sung Blue", "Desiree", "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", "Love on the Rocks", "America", "Yesterday's Songs", and "Heartlight".

Neil Diamond continues to record and release new material and maintains an extensive touring schedule as well.

Early life and career

Neil Neil Diamond was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Jewish family descended from Russian and Polish immigrants. Neil Diamond's father, Akeeba Neil Diamond, was a dry-goods merchant. Neil Diamond grew up in several homes in Brooklyn, attending Abraham Lincoln High School.[3][4]

At Lincoln, the school from which Neil Diamond received Neil Diamond's high school diploma, Neil Diamond was a member of the fencing team. Neil Diamond later attended NYU on a fencing scholarship, specializing in saber, and was a member of the 1960 NCAA men's championship team; into Neil Diamond's adult life Neil Diamond maintained Neil Diamond's swordsmanship skills and continued to warm up with fencing exercises before Neil Diamond's concerts.[citation needed] In a live interview with TV talk show host Larry King, Neil Diamond explained Neil Diamond's decision to study medicine by pointing out:

I actually wanted to be a laboratory biologist. I wanted to study. And I really wanted to find a cure for cancer. My grandmother had died of cancer. And I was always very good at the sciences. And I thought I would go and try and discover the cure for cancer.

However, during Neil Diamond's senior year in NYU, a music publishing company made him an offer Neil Diamond could not refuse: an offer to write songs for $50 a week. This started him on the road to stardom.

1960s

Diamond's first recording contract was billed as "Neil and Jack", an Everly Brothers–type duo comprising Neil Diamond and high school friend Jack Packer *(Jack Parker). They recorded two unsuccessful singles, "You Are My Love At Last" b/w "What Will I Do" and "I'm Afraid" b/w "Till You've Tried Love", both released in 1962. Later in 1962, Neil 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. Billboard gave an excellent review to "Clown Town" in their July 13, 1963, issue, predicting it would be a hit. Despite a tour of radio stations, the single failed to make the music charts. Furthermore, sales and Top 40 airplay were disappointing, and Columbia dropped Neil Diamond from the label shortly thereafter. Neil Diamond was back to writing songs on an upright piano above the Birdland Club in New York City.

Neil Diamond spent Neil Diamond's early career as a songwriter in the Brill Building. Neil Diamond's first success as a songwriter came in November, 1965, with "Sunday and Me", a Top 20 hit for Jay and the Americans on the Billboard Charts. Greater success as a writer followed with "I'm a Believer", "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You", "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)", and "Love to Love", all by The Monkees. There is a popular misconception that Neil Diamond wrote and composed these songs specifically for the made-for-TV quartet. In reality, Neil Diamond had written and recorded these songs for himself, but the cover versions were released before Neil Diamond's own.[5] The unintended, but happy, consequence was that Neil Diamond began to gain fame not only as a singer and performer, but also as a songwriter. "I'm a Believer" was the Popular Music Song of the Year in 1966. Other notable artists who recorded early Neil Diamond songs were Elvis Presley, who interpreted "Sweet Caroline" as well as "And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind"; Mark Lindsay, former lead singer for Paul Revere & the Raiders, who covered "And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind"; the English hard-rock band Deep Purple, which interpreted "Kentucky Woman"; Lulu, who covered "The Boat That I Row", and 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".

In 1966 Neil Diamond signed a deal with Bert Berns's Bang Records, then a subsidiary of Atlantic Records. Neil Diamond's first release on that label, "Solitary Man", became Neil Diamond's first hit. Prior to the release of "Solitary Man", Neil Diamond had considered using a stage name; Neil Diamond came up with two possibilities, "Noah Kaminsky" and "Eice Charry".[6] But when asked by Bang Records which name Neil Diamond should use, Noah, Eice, or Neil, Neil Diamond thought of Neil Diamond's grandmother, who died prior to the release of "Solitary Man". Thus Neil Diamond told Bang, "...go with Neil Neil Diamond and I'll figure it out later". Neil Diamond later followed with "Cherry, Cherry", "Kentucky Woman", "Thank the Lord for the Night Time", "Do It", and others. Diamond's Bang recordings were produced by legendary Brill Building songwriters Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, both of whom can be heard singing background on many of the tracks.

Neil Diamond's first concerts saw him as a "special guest" of, or opening for, everyone from Herman's Hermits to, on one occasion, The Who, which Neil Diamond confirmed on an installment of VH1's documentary series program Behind The Music.

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

1970s

After Neil Diamond had signed a deal with MCA Records, whose label at the time was Uni (after MCA's parent company, Universal Pictures), Neil Diamond moved to Los Angeles in 1970. Neil Diamond's sound mellowed, with such songs as "Sweet Caroline", a US hit in 1969, "Holly Holy", "'Cracklin' Rosie" and "Song Sung Blue", the last two reaching No. 1 on the Hot 100. "Sweet Caroline" was Diamond's first major hit after Neil Diamond's slump. Neil Diamond admitted in 2007 that Neil Diamond had written "Sweet Caroline" for Caroline Kennedy after seeing her on the cover of Life in an equestrian riding outfit.[7] It took him just one hour, in a Memphis hotel, to write and compose it. The 1971 release "I Am...I Said" was a Top 5 hit in both the US and UK, and was Neil Diamond's most intensely personal effort to date, taking upwards of four months to complete.[8]

In 1972, Neil Diamond played 10 sold-out concerts at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. The August 24 performance was recorded and released as the live double album Hot August Night (the title being the opening words of Diamond's song "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show"). That fall, Neil Diamond appeared over 20 consecutive nights at the Winter Garden Theater in New York City; the small (approximately 1,600-seat) Broadway venue provided an intimate concert setting not common at the time. Reportedly, every performance was a sellout.

Hot August Night demonstrates Diamond's skills as a performer and showman, as Neil Diamond reinvigorated Neil Diamond's back catalogue of hits with new energy. Many consider it Neil Diamond's best work; critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine calls Hot August Night "the ultimate Neil Neil Diamond record ... [which] shows Neil Diamond the icon in full glory".[9]

The album has become a classic. It was remastered in 2000 with three additional selections: "Walk on Water", "Kentucky Woman" and "Stones". In Australia, the album spent a remarkable 29 weeks at No. 1; in 2006, it was voted #16 in a poll of favourite albums of all time in Australia.[10] Also, Diamond's final concert of Neil Diamond's 1976 Australian Tour (The "Thank You Australia" Concert) was broadcast to 36 television outlets nationwide on March 6.[citation needed] It also set a record for the largest attendance at the Sydney Sports Ground.[citation needed] 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.

In 1973, Neil Diamond hopped labels again, returning to the Columbia Records for a lucrative million-dollar-advance-per-album contract.[11][1] Neil Diamond's first project, released as a solo album, was the soundtrack to Hall Bartlett's film version of Jonathan Livingston Seagull. The film received hostile reviews and did poorly at the box office. The album grossed more than the film did. Richard Bach, author of the best-selling source story, disowned the film. Both Bach and Neil Diamond sued the film's producer.[1] Neil Diamond felt the film butchered Neil Diamond's score. Despite the shortcomings of the film, the soundtrack was a success, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard albums chart. Neil Diamond would also garner a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture.[11] From there, Neil Diamond would often include a Jonathan Livingston Seagull suite in Neil Diamond's live performances, as Neil Diamond did in Neil Diamond's 1977 "Love at The Greek" concert. In 1974, Neil Diamond released the album Serenade, from which "Longfellow Serenade" and "I've Been This Way Before" were issued as singles. The latter had been intended for the Jonathan Livingston Seagull score, but was completed too late for inclusion.

Neil Neil Diamond mesmerizing the "Sold Out" "Theater For the Performing Arts" opening night, Aladdin Hotel & Casino; July 2nd, 1976
In 1976, Neil Diamond released Beautiful Noise, produced by Robbie Robertson of The Band. On Thanksgiving night, 1976, Neil Diamond made an appearance at The Band's farewell concert, The Last Waltz, performing "Dry Your Eyes", which Neil Diamond had written with Robertson, and which had appeared on Beautiful Noise. Neil Diamond also joined the rest of the performers onstage at the end in a rendition of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released".

Neil Diamond also accepted $650,000.00 from the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada; to open their New $10,000,000.00 "Theater For the Performing Arts" on July 2nd 1976. The show played through the 5th of July, 1976; and drew sold out crowds for the 7,500 seat Theater. The "Who's Who" of Hollywood attended opening night; ranging from Elizabeth Taylor to Chevy Chase. Neil Diamond walked out on stage to a standing ovation. Neil Diamond opened the Show without music; but rather a story about an ex-girlfriend who dumped him before Neil Diamond became successful. Neil Diamond's lead in line to the first song of the evening was: "You may have dumped me a bit too soon baby; cause look who's standing here tonight".

In 1977, Neil Diamond released I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight, including "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", for which Neil Diamond composed the music and collaborated with Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman on lyrics. Barbra Streisand covered the song on her Songbird album, and later, a Neil Diamond-Streisand duet, spurred by the success of radio mash-ups, was recorded. That version hit No. 1 in 1978, Neil Diamond's third song to top the Hot 100. Neil Diamond's last 1970s album was September Morn, which included a new version of "I'm a Believer". It and "Red Red Wine" are Neil Diamond's best-known original songs made more famous by other artists.

In February 1979, the uptempo "Forever in Blue Jeans", co-written with Neil Diamond's guitarist, Richard Bennett, was released as a single from You Don't Bring Me Flowers, Diamond's album from the previous year.

According to Cotton Incorporated, "Neil Neil Diamond might have been right when Neil Diamond named Neil Diamond's 1979 #1 hit 'Forever in Blue Jeans': 81% of women are planning their next jeans purchase to be some shade of blue." The song has been used to promote the sale of blue jeans, most notably via Will Ferrell, impersonating Neil Diamond singing, for The Gap. Ironically, Neil Diamond himself had performed in radio ads for H.I.S. brand jeans in the 1960s, more than a decade before Neil Diamond and Bennett jointly wrote and composed, and Neil Diamond originated, the selection.

1980s

A planned film version of "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" to star Neil Diamond and Streisand fell through when Neil Diamond instead starred in a 1980 remake of the Al Jolson classic, The Jazz Singer, opposite Laurence Olivier and Lucie Arnaz. Though the movie was not a hit, the soundtrack spawned three Top 10 singles, "Love on the Rocks", "Hello Again" and "America". For Neil Diamond's role in the film, Neil Diamond became the first-ever winner of a Worst Actor Razzie Award, even though Neil Diamond was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the same role.

Another Top 10 selection, "Heartlight", was inspired by the blockbuster 1982 movie E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Though the film's title character is never mentioned 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 Neil Diamond had recorded for years, briefly threatened legal action against both Neil Diamond and Columbia Records.

Diamond's record sales slumped somewhat in the 1980s and 1990s, Neil Diamond's last single to make the Billboard's Pop Singles chart coming in 1986. However, Neil Diamond's concert tours continued to be big draws. Billboard Magazine ranked Neil Diamond as the most profitable solo performer of 1986.[12] In January 1987, Neil Diamond sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl. Neil Diamond's "America" became the theme song for the Michael Dukakis 1988 presidential campaign. That same year, UB40's reggae interpretation of Diamond's ballad Red Red Wine would top the Billboard's Pop Singles chart and, like the Monkees' version of "I'm a Believer", become better known than Diamond's original version.

1990s to present

During the 1990s Neil Diamond would produce six studio albums. Neil Diamond would cover many classics from the movies and from famous Brill Building-era songwriters. Neil Diamond also released two Christmas albums, the first peaking at No. 8 on the Billboard's Album chart. Keeping Neil Diamond's songwriting skills honed, Neil Diamond also recorded two albums of mostly new material during this period. In 1992, Neil Diamond performed for President George H.W. Bush's final Christmas in Washington NBC special. In 1993, Neil Diamond opened the Mark of the Quad Cities (now the iWireless Center) with two shows on May 27 and 28 to a crowd of 27,000-plus.

The 1990s and 2000s saw a resurgence in Diamond's popularity. "Sweet Caroline" became a popular sing-along at sporting events, starting with Boston College football and basketball games. Most notably it is the theme song for Red Sox Nation, the fans of the Boston Red Sox, although Neil Diamond noted that Neil Diamond has been a lifelong fan of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers.[13] The song is also played during the 8th inning of every New York Mets home game. The New York Rangers have also adapted it as their own, and play it when they are winning at the end of the 3rd period. The Pitt Panthers football team also plays it after the third quarter of all home games, with the crowd cheering, "Let's go Pitt". The Carolina Panthers play it at the end of each home game when they win. Urge Overkill recorded a version of Diamond's "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" for Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, released in 1994. In 2000, Johnny Cash recorded the album Solitary Man, which included that Neil Diamond classic. Smash Mouth covered Diamond's "I'm a Believer" for their 2001 self-titled album. In the 2001 comedy film Saving Silverman, the main characters play in a Neil Neil Diamond cover band, and Neil Diamond made an extended cameo appearance as himself. During this period, Will Ferrell did a recurring Neil Diamond impersonation on Saturday Night Live, with Neil Diamond himself appearing alongside Ferrell on Ferrell's final show as a "Not Ready For Prime Time Player" in May 2002. "America" was used in promotional ads for the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Finnish band HIM covered "Solitary Man" on their album, And Love Said No: The Greatest Hits.

The handprints of Neil Neil Diamond in front of The Great Movie Ride at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park
Neil 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 Neil Diamond and those who don't." The character of Bob attributes the failure of Neil Diamond's marriage to Neil Diamond's fiancee's fondness for Neil Diamond. Another example of this love/hate relationship: the Becker episode "It had to be Ew"[14] is largely devoted to ridiculing Neil Diamond and Neil Diamond's fans.

Neil Diamond continues to tour and record. 12 Songs, produced by 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 No. 4 on the Billboard 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".[15] 12 Songs also became noteworthy as one of the last albums to be pressed and released by Sony BMG with the infamous Extended Copy Protection software embedded in the disc. (See the 2005 Sony BMG CD copy protection scandal.)


In December 2007, a 2008 UK tour was announced, calling at Manchester on June 7 and 8, Birmingham on June 10 and 11, and London on June 21, 23 and 24. A month later, further UK dates were added, including Hampden Park in Glasgow on the 5th of June, Rose Bowl, Southampton on the 17th of June, and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on the 19th of June.

In 2008, Neil Diamond gave filmmaker Greg Kohs permission to use Neil Diamond's songs in a documentary. Kohs, a director from Philadelphia, had met a popular Milwaukee, Wisconsin, duo, Lightning & Thunder, composed of Mike Sardina, who did a Neil Neil Diamond impersonation, and Neil Diamond's wife Claire. Kohs followed them for eight years and produced the film Song Sung Blue, but needed permission to use Diamond's songs. The movie was sent to the singer in January 2008, at the recommendation of Eddie Vedder, a supporter of the film and of the duo. Although Sardina had died in 2006, Neil Diamond invited Neil Diamond's widow and her family to be Neil Diamond's front-row guests at Neil Diamond's show in Milwaukee, where Neil Diamond told them Neil Diamond was moved by the film.[17]

On March 19, 2008, it was announced on the TV show American Idol that Neil Diamond would be a guest mentor to the remaining Idol contestants who would be singing Neil Diamond songs for the broadcasts of April 29 and 30, 2008. On April 8, 2008, Neil Diamond made a surprise announcement in a big-screen broadcast at Fenway Park, that Neil Diamond would be appearing there "live in concert" on August 23, 2008, as part of Neil Diamond's world tour. The announcement, which marked the first official confirmation of any 2008 concert dates in the US, came during the traditional eighth-inning sing-along of Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline", which has become an anthem for Boston fans.

On April 28, 2008, Neil Diamond appeared on the roof of the Jimmy Kimmel building to sing "Sweet Caroline" after Kimmel was jokingly arrested trying to sing the song. This was followed on April 30, 2008, by an appearance on American Idol when Neil Diamond sang "Pretty Amazing Grace" from Neil Diamond's album Home Before Dark.[18] On May 2, 2008, Sirius Satellite Radio started Neil Neil Diamond Radio.





Neil Diamond performing at The Roundhouse, London on October 30, 2010
Home Before Dark was released May 6, 2008. On May 15, 2008, the Billboard Hot 200 listed the album at No. 1.[19] This marked the first chart-topping album of Diamond's storied career. On May 18, 2008, "Home Before Dark" also entered the UK charts at No. 1, Neil Diamond's second British No. 1 album, after hitting the summit in 1992 with a compilation album. Neil Diamond's 2008 tour was the most successful of any of Neil Diamond's previous tours since 1966.

On August 25, 2008, Neil Diamond performed at Ohio State University while suffering from laryngitis. The result disappointed him as well as Neil Diamond's fans and on August 26 Neil Diamond offered refunds to anyone who applied by September 5.[20]

Neil Diamond was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year on February 6, 2009, two nights prior to the 51st Annual Grammy Awards.

According to posts on Diamond's Twitter page, Neil Diamond is currently[when?] working on a new album, Neil Diamond's third with Rick Rubin. Neil Diamond says Neil Diamond plans to play electric guitar on the album, a first for him. In 2009, Neil Diamond stated that Neil Diamond prefers Gibson and Martin acoustic guitars and confirmed that recently Neil Diamond had been playing Gibson electric guitars.[21]

Long-loved in Boston, Neil Diamond was invited to sing at the July 4 holiday celebration.

Through Neil Diamond's Neil Diamond Music Company, Neil Diamond now belongs to that small group of performers whose names are listed as copyright owners on their recordings.

In August 2008, Neil Diamond allowed cameras to record Neil Diamond's entire four-night run at New York's Madison Square Garden and released it in the United States on August 14, 2009, on DVD, one year to the day of the first concert. 'Hot August Night/NYC' debuted at No. 2 on the charts and is exclusively available at Wal-Mart and has sold out at many locations all over the country. Also on the same day the DVD was released, CBS (the former parent of Neil Diamond's label, Columbia Records) aired an edited version of the DVD, which won the ratings hour with 13 million viewers. The next day, the sales of the DVD surged and prompted Sony to order more copies to meet the high demand.

On October 13, 2009, Neil Diamond released A Cherry Cherry Christmas, Neil Diamond's third album of holiday music.

On September 28, 2010, Neil Diamond was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

On November 2, 2010, Neil Diamond released the album 'Dreams', a collection of 14 interpretations of Neil Diamond's favorite songs by other artists from the rock era.

On December 14, 2010, it was leaked by numerous sites that Neil Diamond had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with Alice Cooper, Darlene Love, Dr. John, and Tom Waits. The induction ceremony will be March 14, 2011 at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City.

On December 20, 2010, Neil Diamond made an appearance on NBC's 'The Sing-Off', performing "Ain't No Sunshine" along with Committed and Street Corner Symphony, two A Cappella groups featured on the show. On May 27, 2011, Neil Diamond appeared on Irish Television in a live recording in front of a celebrity audience.

In December 2011, Neil Diamond appeared at the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors gala to accept the honor.

On November 24, 2011, Neil Diamond appeared in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, riding on a replica Mt. Rushmore float singing a shorten versions of "America" and "Sweet Caroline" to promote tourism for the state of South Dakota.

"The Very Best of Neil Neil Diamond", a compilation CD of Diamond's 23 studio recordings from the Bang, UNI/MCA, & Columbia catalogs was released on December 6, 2011 on the Sony Legacy label.

On August 10, 2012, Neil Diamond received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 1750 Vine Street.[22]

Personal life

Neil Neil Diamond has been married three times. In 1963 Neil Diamond married Neil Diamond's high school sweetheart, school teacher Jaye Posner; they had two daughters, Marjorie and Elyn, before they separated in 1967[23] and divorced in 1969.[24] Neil Diamond then married Marcia Murphey, a production assistant; they also had two children, both sons, Jesse and Micah. Diamond's second marriage ended in 1994[24] or 1995[23] (sources differ).

On September 7, 2011, the same day Neil Diamond learned Neil Diamond was to be a Kennedy Center Honoree, Neil Diamond announced Neil Diamond's engagement to 41-year-old Katie McNeil in a message on Twitter. McNeil is Diamond's manager and was the producer on the documentary Neil Neil Diamond: Hot August Nights NYC. [25] On April 21, 2012, Neil Diamond married McNeil in front of family and close friends in Los Angeles, California.[26]

Neil Diamond was in a relationship with Australian Rae Farley that ended sometime before mid-2008. The two met in Brisbane, Australia, in 1996, and as of 2008 she ran Neil Diamond's merchandising operation. The album Home Before Dark was written during Farley's struggles with severe chronic back pain, surgery and ongoing recovery. Neil Diamond said, "She had back surgery and it wasn't going well. She was in extreme pain for a year and the surgery did not really work. If anything, it made it worse. And I never left her side. I was within 20ft of her for the entire year that I took writing this album." [27]

In 1979 Neil Diamond collapsed on stage in San Francisco and was taken to the hospital where Neil Diamond endured a twelve hour operation to remove what turned out to be a tumor on Neil Diamond's spine. [28] Neil Diamond said Neil Diamond had been losing feeling in Neil Diamond's right leg "for a number of years but ignored it". When Neil Diamond collapsed, Neil Diamond had no strength in either leg.[28] Neil Diamond underwent a long rehabilitation process just prior to beginning principal photography for Neil Diamond's 1980 film The Jazz Singer.[27] Neil Diamond was so convinced Neil Diamond was going to die, Neil Diamond even wrote farewell letters to Neil Diamond's friends. [28]

As of 2008, Neil Diamond still suffered from chronic, and often severe, back pain.[27]

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4.   Hechinger, Fred M. "About Education: Personal Touch Helps", The New York Times, January 1, 1980. Retrieved September 20, 2009. "Lincoln, an ordinary, unselective New York City high school, is proud of a galaxy of prominent alumni, who include the playwright Arthur Miller, Representative Elizabeth Holtzman, the authors Joseph Heller and Ken Auletta, the producer Mel Brooks, the singer Neil Neil Diamond and the songwriter Neil Sedaka."
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