Biography of an Artist NO 13.....NEIL DIAMOND

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Biography of an Artist NO 13.....NEIL DIAMOND

Postby rockerbob » Fri Apr 20, 2007 6:36 pm

Neil Diamond, Singer / Songwriter

Born: 24 January 1941
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
Best Known As: Hard-working pop vocalist
Neil Diamond has been a pop music star since the mid-1960s, writing and singing hit songs such as "Kentucky Woman" (1967), "Song Sung Blue" (1974) and "Love on the Rocks" (1980). A hired-gun songwriter in the early 1960s, he wrote the Monkees' 1967 hit "I'm a Believer" around the time he began his own recording career. On the strength of a string of hits, Diamond became one of the best selling performers of the 1970s. His devoted fan base carried him through the 1980s and in the 1990s he was rediscovered by a new generation of retro-loving pop fans. He has released two soundtracks for the movies, Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973) and The Jazz Singer (1980, in which he also starred), several albums of live performances and many collections of his greatest hits. His 2005 album, 12 Songs, was hailed as a return to his early days of songwriting and was the basis for one of the top grossing tours of the year. His other songs include: "Cherry, Cherry" (1966); "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" (1967); "Red, Red Wine" (1968); "Cracklin' Rosie" (1970); "Sweet Caroline" (1974); "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" (1978, a duet with Barbra Streisand); and "America" (1981).

Other Diamond songs that were hits for others include "Red, Red Wine" by the U.K. group UB40, and "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" by Urge Overkill (from the Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction)

A track to bring tears to your eyes especially if you have lost a loved one, Bob :( :(
One step will start a journey
One word will start a prayer.
One hope can raise our spirits
One touch can show you care.

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