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Neil Diamond

One of my all-time favorite singers Neil Diamond is an American singer-songwriter whose career spans back to the 1960s. He was born in my hometown in Brooklyn, New York on January 24, 1941. His songs are terrific and a great deal of them inspire me when it comes to writing poetry.

Altogether he has sold more than 125 million records all around the globe and is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. He wrote a number of hits for The Monkees. Diamond was in the  The Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

He has had many spectacular hits that have become number one singles. Among them are “Cracklin’ Rosie”, “Song Sung Blue”, “Longfellow’s Serenade”, “I’ve Been This Way Before”, “Desiree”, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”, “America”, “Yesterday’s Songs”, “Heartlight”, and “I’m a Believer”. This dynamic singer still records today and is working hard to be able to get back on stage despite Parkinson’s disease.

Neil Diamond’s very first hit was “Solitary Man”. This was followed by “Cherry, Cherry”, “Kentucky Woman”, “Thank the Lord for the Nighttime” and “Do It”. His popularity was on the rise. Two of his greatest hits in 1969 were “Sweet Caroline” and “Holly Holy”.

In 1972 after playing ten sold-out concerts at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California he came out with one of his greatest albums. The double album titled Hot August Night has become a classic. One of his best known original songs is “Red, Red Wine”. In 1979 he came out with another hit “Forever in Blue Jeans”.  He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012.

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