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Music: Neil Diamond
"What a beautiful noise
Coming into my room
And it's waiting for me
Just to give it a tune."
- last verse of "Beautiful Noise" by Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond made his debut as a singer and a songwriter in the mid-Sixties with such hits as "Cherry Cherry" and "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon". Diamond had a massive hit with his farewell concert Hot August Night and the double album from this concert. He has revived his career many times, starting with the successful soundtrack album from the failed movie Jonathan Livingston Seagull The momentum that ran out by the beginning of The Eighties was given new force with the song "Heartlight", which was rejected from the soundtrack of the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial but was accepted by millions of fans.

Diamond faded a bit in The Nineties but still has a following.

Tropes:

  • Covered Up: "I'm a Believer", by The Monkees (1966) and Smash Mouth (2001).
    • "Red, Red Wine", by UB40. Their version hit #1 in both the UK (in 1983) and US (in 1988).
    • "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon", by Urge Overkill on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack.
  • Dead Sparks: "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", which was a hit duet between Diamond and Barbra Streisand in 1978.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: "Red Red Wine".
  • Imaginary Friend: "Shilo"
  • List Song: "Done Too Soon"
  • Love Nostalgia Song: "If You Know What I Mean"
    Now, here's to the songs we used to sing
    And here's to the times we used to know,
    It's hard to hold them in our arms again, but
    Hard to let them go...
    Can you hear 'em, babe?
    Can you hear 'em, babe?
    It was another time, it was another place,
    Do you remember it, babe?
  • Preacher Man: "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show"
  • Repurposed Pop Song: "Sweet Caroline" is well known today for its use at various sporting events (particularly Boston Red Sox home games), where it rarely fails to get the fans pumped up and singing along.
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