72 Facts About Neil Diamond

1. Neil Diamond told People that he always felt guilty about the failure of their marriage.

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2. On December 5, 1969, Neil Diamond married production assistant Marcia Murphey.

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3. Neil Diamond released two Christmas albums, the first of which peaked at No 8 on Billboard's Album chart.

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4. Neil Diamond covered many classic songs from the movies and from famous Brill Building-era songwriters.

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5. Neil Diamond performed at Woburn Abbey on July 2, 1977, to an audience of 55,000 British fans.

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6. Neil Diamond joined the rest of the performers onstage at the end in a rendition of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released".

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7. Neil Diamond used those four years to work on the score for Hall Bartlett's film version of Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull and to record two albums, Serenade and Beautiful Noise.

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8. Neil Diamond added a quadrophonic sound system for his performance, to create full surround-sound.

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9. Neil Diamond could not find a good rhyme with the name "Marcia", and so used the name Caroline.

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10. Neil Diamond found himself earning enough to spend only 35 cents a day on food.

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11. Neil Diamond wrote wherever he could, including on buses, and used an upright piano above the Birdland Club in New York City.

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12. Neil Diamond began cutting classes and taking the train up to Tin Pan Alley, where he tried to get some of his songs heard by local music publishers.

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13. Neil Diamond was a member of the 1960 NCAA men's championship fencing team.

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14. Neil Diamond appeared on Saturday Night Live in 2002 with Will Ferrell, who did a popular impersonation of him as a songwriter with some dark secrets.

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15. Neil Diamond met his first wife Jaye Posner in his high school days, who was a teacher.

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16. Neil Diamond got back to Columbia records in 1973 who offered him a lucrative deal concerning his albums.

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17. Neil Diamond was not satisfied with his achievements here and in 1968, he signed with MCA records.

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18. Neil Diamond could spend his time after graduation during the summers on a fulltime job as a waiter in a resort called Catskills.

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19. Neil Diamond attained his early education at Erasmus Hall high school, during their time at Brooklyn.

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20. Neil Diamond passed Bob Dylan as the oldest artist to top the charts.

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21. Neil Diamond is a national Jewish treasure, a Grammy Award winner and an artist who has sold over 125 million records around the world.

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22. Neil Diamond has celebrated the total number of 77 birthdays till date.

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23. In 1963, Neil Diamond married Jaye Posner with whom he has two daughters.

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24. Neil Diamond continued to record and tour even after turning 70.

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25. In 1980, Neil Diamond tried for success on the big screen with his remake of "The Jazz Singer".

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26. Neil Diamond had another big hit with "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", which was his 1978 duet with Barbra Streisand.

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27. In 1970, Neil Diamond scored his first solo No 1 pop single with "Cracklin' Rosie".

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28. Neil Diamond had his first taste of pop success with the 1966 single "Solitary Man".

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29. In 1965, Neil Diamond had his first success as a songwriter with the song "Sunday and Me", which he wrote for Jay and the Americans.

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30. Neil Diamond was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 24, 1941, to Akeeba Diamond who operated and owned a series of dry goods stores in New York City and Rose Diamond.

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31. Neil Diamond wrote his 2014 album Melody Road during the honeymoon phase of his and Katie's relationship.

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32. Neil Diamond wed Katie McNeil, 29 years his junior, in a small Los Angeles ceremony in 2012.

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33. Neil Diamond was 16 when he saw the folk singer perform at Surprise Lake, a Jewish kids camp in upstate New York.

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34. Neil Diamond has announced that he will donate all royalties from sales of the song since the marathon bombings to the One Fund Boston charity to help the people most affected by the bombings.

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35. In 1980 Neil Diamond starred in a remake of the Al Jolson film classic The Jazz Singer, opposite Sir Laurence Olivier.

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36. Neil Diamond was a good student, so after high school he enrolled in pre-medical studies at New York University.

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37. In 1967 Neil Diamond went on to release several more bestselling songs, including "Kentucky Woman" and "You Get to Me.

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38. Neil Diamond was a good student, and after high school he enrolled in pre-medical studies at New York University.

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39. Neil Diamond took to Twitter to announce the good news that he was tying the knot again and was engaged to Katie McNeil.

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40. Neil Diamond met Katie McNeil when he was filming his concert documentary.

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41. Neil Diamond is an American singer and songwriter, musician, and actor.

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42. Neil Diamond made headlines for his latest marriage in 2012; he wed his manager, Katie McNeil, in Los Angeles on April 20, 2012.

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43. In 2008, Neil Diamond reached the top of the album charts with Home Before Dark, his next effort with Rick Rubin.

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44. In 1996, Neil Diamond released the album Tennessee Moon, which marked his first foray into country music.

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45. In 1980 Neil Diamond made his motion picture debut: he starred in a remake of the film The Jazz Singer, for which he wrote and performed the sound track.

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46. Neil Diamond wrote the song after he saw the 11-year-old on the cover of Life Magazine wearing an equestrian outfit.

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47. In 2005, Neil Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year and again in 2011.

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48. Neil Diamond has unveiled the previously unreleased song 'The Ballad Of Saving Silverman.

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49. Neil Diamond revealed she was the inspiration for his 1969 hit song "Sweet Caroline.

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50. Neil Diamond said that his 2014 album Melody Road was fueled by their relationship, explaining: "There's no better inspiration or motivation for work than being in love.

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51. In 1996, Neil Diamond began a lengthy, live-in relationship with Australian Rae Farley after the two met in Brisbane, Australia.

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52. On 5 December 1969, Neil Diamond married production assistant Marcia Murphey.

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53. In 2008, Neil Diamond gave filmmaker Greg Kohs permission to use his songs in a documentary.

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54. In October 2016, Neil Diamond released Acoustic Christmas, a folk-inspired Christmas album of original songs as well as acoustic versions of holiday classics.

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55. In September 2014, Neil Diamond performed a surprise concert at his alma mater, Erasmus High School in Brooklyn.

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56. On November 2, 2010, Neil Diamond released the album Dreams, a collection of 14 interpretations of his favorite songs by artists from the rock era.

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57. Neil Diamond was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year on February 6, 2009, two nights before the 51st Annual Grammy Awards.

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58. In 1993, Neil Diamond opened the Mark of the Quad Cities with two shows on May 27 and 28 to a crowd of 27,000-plus.

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59. Neil Diamond recorded two albums of mostly new material during this period.

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60. In 1979, Neil Diamond collapsed on stage in San Francisco and was taken to the hospital, where he endured a 12-hour operation to remove what turned out to be a tumor on his spine.

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61. In 1977, Neil Diamond released I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight, including "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", for which he composed the music and on the writing of whose lyrics he collaborated with Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman.

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62. In 1974, Neil Diamond released the album Serenade, from which "Longfellow Serenade" and "I've Been This Way Before" were issued as singles.

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63. In 1973, Neil Diamond switched labels again, returning to Columbia Records for a million-dollar-advance-per-album contract.

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64. Neil Diamond was backed by a 35-piece string orchestra and six backing singers.

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65. In 1971, Neil Diamond played 7 sold-out concerts at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.

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66. In 2007 Neil Diamond said he had written "Sweet Caroline" for Caroline Kennedy after seeing her on the cover of Life in an equestrian riding outfit, but in 2014, he said in an interview on the Today Show that it was written for his then wife, Marcia.

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67. Neil Diamond began to feel restricted by Bang Records, because he wanted to record more ambitious, introspective music, like his autobiographical "Brooklyn Roads" from 1968.

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68. In 1966, Neil Diamond signed a deal with Bert Berns's Bang Records, then a subsidiary of Atlantic.

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69. Neil Diamond spent his early career as a songwriter in the Brill Building.

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70. When he was 16 and still in high school, Neil Diamond spent a number of weeks at Surprise Lake Camp, a camp for Jewish children in upstate New York, when folk singer Pete Seeger performed a small concert.

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71. Neil Diamond was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Jewish family descended from Russian and Polish immigrants.

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72. Neil Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

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