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Diamond in his 1970s heyday.

"What a beautiful noise
Coming into my room
And it's waiting for me
Just to give it a tune."
— "Beautiful Noise"

Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) made his debut as a Singer-Songwriter in the mid-Sixties, with such hits as "Cherry Cherry" and "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon". Diamond also had a massive hit with 1972 concert album Hot August Night. He has revived his career many times, starting with the successful soundtrack album from the failed movie Jonathan Livingston Seagull. The momentum that had run out by the beginning of The '80s 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 '90s but still has a following.

Elected to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 1984 and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.


Discography of studio albums (excluding compilations):

  • The Feel of Neil Diamond (1966)
  • Just for You (1967)
  • Velvet Gloves and Spit (1968)
  • Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show (1969)note 
  • Touching You, Touching Me (1969)
  • Tap Root Manuscript (1970)
  • Stones (1971)
  • Moods (1972)
  • Rainbow (his first Cover Album) (1973)
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull soundtrack album (1973)
  • Serenade (1974)
  • Beautiful Noise (1976)
  • I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight (1977)
  • You Don't Bring Me Flowers (1978)
  • September Morn (1979)
  • The Jazz Singer soundtrack album (1980)
  • On the Way to the Sky (1981)
  • Heartlight (1982)
  • Primitive (1984)
  • Headed for the Future (1986)
  • The Best Years of Our Lives (1988)
  • Lovescape (1991)
  • The Christmas Album (1992)
  • Up on the Roof: Songs from the Brill Building (his second Cover Album) (1993)
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  • Tennessee Moon (1995)
  • The Movie Album: As Time Goes By (his third Cover Album) (1998)
  • Three Chord Opera (2001)
  • 12 Songs (2005)
  • Home Before Dark (2008)
  • A Cherry Cherry Christmas (2009)
  • Dreams (his fourth Cover Albumnote ) (2010)
  • Melody Road (2014)

Discography of live albums:

  • Gold: Recorded Live at the Troubadour (1970)
  • Hot August Night (1972)
  • Love at the Greek (1977)
  • Hot August Night II (1987)
  • Live in America (1994)
  • Stages: Performances 1970-2002 (2003)
  • Hot August Night/NYC (2009)

"They're troping to America, today":

  • "I Am" Song: "I Am... I Said."
  • 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?
  • Location Song: "Kentucky Woman" celebrates the singer's sweetheart from that state.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Between too low to register ("Song Sung Blue") and three ("Holly Holy," "Soolaimon"). His hardest rocking songs come from the beginning of his career, with "Cherry Cherry," "Thank the Lord for the Night Time," and "You Got to Me" probably the apex examples.
  • Non-Actor Vehicle: He starred in the 1980 remake of The Jazz Singer, which was critically-reviled but a modest hit at the box office, and the soundtrack birthed three Top 10 hits ("America", "Love on the Rocks", "Hello Again").
  • Patriotic Fervor: "America."
  • Pop-Star Composer: His soundtrack for Jonathan Livingston Seagull was a much bigger hit than the movie.
  • Preacher Man: "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show."
  • Repurposed Pop Song: "Sweet Caroline" is well known today for its use at various sporting events (most notably Boston Red Sox home games), where it rarely fails to get the fans out of their seats and singing along.
  • Wolverine Publicity: An odd case of a popular artist using a less-well-known artist for this. There's a prominent "Produced by Robbie Robertson" credit on the cover of Beautiful Noise. Instead of helping sales, Diamond did this to help his artistic reputation, since The Band was one of the most critically acclaimed outfits of that era, so getting their guitarist/songwriter to produce his album was a big coup for Diamond.


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