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Neil Diamond: Still Touring and Recording

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Neil Diamond is a Jewish American songwriter and singer, who was born on January 24th, 1941. During the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s he had numerous hit songs. This star was born in Brooklyn, NY where he attended high school with Barbara Streisand, while he was there he sung with the chorus of the school and also learn to play the guitar that was a gift on his 16th birthday. He started his career as writer in the Brill Building. He wrote songs like “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” for the band “The Monkees” and also the single “I’m Believer”.

In 1970 he moved to Los Angeles, CA. and signed a contract to MCA Records (Uni Records). In 1972 Neil played 10 sold out concerts and then released his live double disc entitled “Hot August Night” which showed the skills of Neil as a performer and showman. This album became a classic of Diamond’s records and has a record in Australia, where it was during 29 weeks on the #1 position of the music charts.

The next year he changed to Columbia records and released the soundtrack for “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”. By 1974 he launched the record entitled “Serenade” and two years later another disc named “Beautiful Noise” which was performed with The Band’s Robbie Robertson. In 1977 Neil released the disc “I’m Glad You Are Here With Me” that contains the song “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” which was covered by Barbara Streisand. Then Streisand and Diamond recorded the song together and it became a hit single in 1978.

Diamond acted in the movie “Saving Silverman” which was not successful. However, the soundtracks “America”, “Love On The Rocks” and “Hello Again” were successful. By 2002 Neil was awarded with the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Diamond has sold more than 120 million records around the world. Today he is still recording and touring.

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