|Full Name||Neil Leslie Diamond|
|Birthday||January 24, 1941|
As a lifelong Neil Diamond fan, I‘m thrilled to introduce one of America‘s most beloved singer-songwriters. Neil Diamond has sold over 130 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Though he‘s now 82 years old, Diamond‘s voice and songs remain as timeless as ever.
An Enduring Musical Legacy
- Diamond has released over 30 studio albums and charted over 70 songs on the Billboard charts
- He has had 10 #1 hits like "Cracklin‘ Rosie" and "Song Sung Blue"
- Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011
- His songs have been covered by icons like Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand
- "Sweet Caroline" remains an anthem still regularly played at sporting events and gatherings
I‘ve been lucky enough to see Diamond perform live 6 times over the decades – he puts on an incredible show! His dynamic voice and charming stage presence make audiences fall in love all over again. Though he retired from touring in 2018, Diamond‘s legacy lives on.
Legendary Songwriting Career
Though best known for performing, Diamond is also one of the most accomplished songwriters of the 20th century.
- Wrote his first song "Hear Them Bells" in 1955 at just 14 years old
- Penned over 50 Top 40 hits for himself and other artists
- Became an in-demand Brill Building songwriter, composing for acts like The Monkees
- Earned induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984
- Had compositions covered by music greats like Lulu, Deep Purple, and Urge Overkill
- Songs featured in hit movies like The Jazz Singer and Saving Silverman
Diamond‘s timeless songwriting genius launched his legendary career that still endures today.
Beyond his artistic accomplishments, Diamond has spent decades supporting great causes.
- Performed 10 benefit shows following 9/11, raising over $20 million
- Founded the Neil Diamond Foundation supporting education, medical research, and the arts
- Donated $1 million to the Red Cross during the Hurricane Katrina relief effort
- Supported organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Jewish Vocational Services
- Received the Kennedy Center Honor in 2018 in recognition of his contributions to American culture
Diamond has always given back generously – his music and philanthropy make him a national treasure.
At 82, Neil Diamond remains an American icon cherished by millions of fans. His instantly recognizable voice and enduring hits make him a living legend. I feel so fortunate to have grown up with his music – here‘s to many more years of Neil Diamond‘s brilliance!