- Mini Bio
- Name: Neil Leslie Diamond
- Born: 24th January 1941, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
- Occupation: Singer, songwriter, musician and actor
- Genre: Soft rock, folk and pop music
- Instruments: Vocals and guitar
- Biggest hits: He had three platinum records; Sweet Caroline (1969), Cracklin Rosie (1970) and the duet with Barbra Streisand You Don't Bring Me Flowers (1978)
- Trivia: The first time Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond sang together was in their school choir at the Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, New York
"Songs are life in 80 words or less"Neil Diamond
"I have a love-hate relationship with songwriting. I love it because it's so satisfying...when it works. I hate it because it forces you to dig inside yourself. It is without question the most difficult thing I do"Neil Diamond
"I'm a perfectionist. I like to get it right. I like to get it good. And you know, writing songs is not -- it's not the kind of thing that you can count on every day"Neil Diamond
"I went through all of the growth experiences that you go through in any field. But I did like it. And you know, I've been doing it since"Neil Diamond
"Performing.... is the most joyful and happiest thing I do. The bigger the audience the more anticipation, the more excitement"Neil Diamond
"There's no better inspiration or motivation for work than being in love. It's what you dream of as a creative person"Neil Diamond
"My job is the greatest job in the world. I sing. You hear. You applaud. I sing louder. I go wherever the noise is"Neil Diamond
"My voice is unadorned. I don't try for perfection. I try to be honest and truthful and soulful with the voice I have"Neil Diamond
"I never really chose songwriting. It just absorbed me and became more and more important in my life"Neil Diamond
"There's a mystery to writing and you don't really know where most of it comes from"Neil Diamond
"If this dam songwriting thing hadn't come up, I would have been a doctor now"Neil Diamond
"I'm lucky. Hard work is the key, but luck plays a part"Neil Diamond
"Worse than bad reviews is to be ignored"Neil Diamond
"I'm a writer who performs. And I mean, I'm basically a writer"Neil Diamond
"The art of love is who you share it with"Neil Diamond
"I still need practice in enjoying the fruits of success"Neil Diamond
"Being lost is worth the being found"Neil Diamond
"Love is the elixir of eternal youth"Neil Diamond
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Neil Diamond Biography
Since 1962 Neil Diamond has been rocking his way through the charts making him one of the few artists with hits in six different decades. His major successes began in the late sixties which became a song writing purple patch that set Neil on the road to super stardom.
Sweet Caroline, Cracklin Rosie and Song Sung Blue all sold millions and he was in big demand for his live performances. In 1976 he was signed to perform the opening of the Aladdin Hotel's new theatre and the shows ran through July to sell out crowds with icons of screen, stage and sports in attendance every night.
In 1980 Neil starred in the remake of the Al Jolson movie "The Jazz Singer", however it was panned by critics and never achieved the ground breaking heights of the 1927 original. The movie did highlight that Diamonds strengths were in singing and songwriting as three songs (Love On The Rocks, America and Hello Again) became top ten hits to mask over his lack of celluloid magnetism.
Being a super star sometimes has its drawbacks as he is famous for having the most expensive divorce settlement in rock and roll history which cost him $150 million to untie the nuptials from Marcia Murphey in 1994.
Diamond was still actively touring in 2018, however after being diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease he made the decision to retire from touring and subsequently cancelled the Australian and New Zealand legs of his tour. With him being at the top for so long it was fun research to find my list of 18 of the best Neil Diamond quotes
Quotes About Neil Diamond
The critic Malina Saval described his live show:
"Diamond fills entire concert venues with baby boomer vinyl enthusiasts clinging to their youth (and hairlines) and breathless, gushing, seventy-something women who still swoon at the sex symbol before them"
The guitarist Robbie Robertson was impressed to say:
"The Tin Pan Alley songwriters in New York crafted brilliant songs for people to record, but they weren't performers, Neil Diamond bridged that world.... This guy is really good at what he does and comes from this tradition of songwriting"
The music critic Mikael Wood wrote of his longevity:
"It’s the outsize character that’s allowed Diamond to maintain his place in the popular imagination"