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 he 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. He 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 ten of the best Neil Diamond quotes.
- 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"
"My voice is unadorned. I don't try for perfection. I try to be honest and truthful and soulful with the voice I have"
"I never really chose songwriting. It just absorbed me and became more and more important in my life"
"There's a mystery to writing and you don't really know where most of it comes from"
"I'm lucky. Hard work is the key, but luck plays a part"
"Worse than bad reviews is to be ignored"
"The art of love is who you share it with"
"I still need practice in enjoying the fruits of success"
"Being lost is worth the being found"
"Love is the elixir of eternal youth"
Great quotes are not where you find great wisdom. It's where you share this knowledge that counts