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Neil Diamond Highlights


1941

Neil Diamond is born in Brooklyn.

1962

Neil Diamond drops out of medical school to pursue his dream of becoming a professional songwriter.

1966

“Solitary Man” becomes Neil Diamond’s first single to enter Billboard’s Hot 100. It will peak at #55 on first entry and #21 when reissued in 1970.

1966

The Monkees’ version of Neil Diamond’s “I’m a Believer” tops the chart for the first of seven weeks.

1970

“Cracklin’ Rosie” becomes Neil Diamond’s first Number One single.

1971

Neil Diamond’s confessional ballad “I Am...I Said” peaks at #4.

1971

Neil Diamond’s confessional ballad “I Am...I Said” peaks at #4.

1972

Neil Diamond’s “Song Sung Blue” reaches Number One. It is his second chart-topper.

1972

Neil Diamond’s show at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles is recorded and later released as live double album Hot August Night.

1972

Neil Diamond kicks off a twenty-night stand at New York’s Winter Garden Theater, making him the first product of the rock and roll era to perform on Broadway.

1974

Neil Diamond’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull wins a best-soundtrack Grammy at the 16th annual Grammy Awards.

1976

Neil Diamond breaks a three-year touring hiatus with shows in New Zealand and Australia.

1976

Beautiful Noise, a Neil Diamond concept album produced by Robbie Robertson, is released.

1976

Neil Diamond performs with the Band at their farewell concert, the Last Waltz, in San Francisco.

1977

Neil Diamond’s Love at the Greek, his second live album recorded at Los Angeles’ Greek Theater, peaks at #8.

1978

“You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” by Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand, tops the chart for the first of two weeks. It’s third Number One single for each of them.

1979

Neil Diamond commences work on the film The Jazz Singer, both acting and recording the soundtrack, which yields three hits: “Love on the Rocks,” “America” and “Hello Again.”

1981

Neil Diamond’s soundtrack to The Jazz Singer peaks at #3. In Britain it will chart for two years.

1984

Neil Diamond is inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York.

1986

Neil Diamond enters the Hot 100 for the 56th and, to date, final time with “Headed for the Future,” which will peak at #53.

1987

Neil Diamond releases Hot August Night II, the sequel to his best-selling early-Seventies live album. Both were recorded at Los Angeles’ Greek Theater, the latest one cut during a record-breaking 14-night stand.

1992

Neil Diamond begins a stand of six sold-out shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It is the highlight of a tour that will make him the year’s second top-grossing concert draw.

1993

Up on the Roof – The Songs of the Brill Building, Neil Diamond’s affectionate nod to his Tin Pan Alley roots, is released.

1994

Live in America, a concert recording documenting Neil Diamond’s two-year “Live in the Round” tour, is released.

1996

Neil Diamond’s Tennessee Moon, a country-flavored album recorded in Nashville, is released.

1996

In My Lifetime, a three-disc Neil Diamond retrospective, is released on Columbia, his longtime label.

1998

Neil Diamond releases The Movie Album – As Time Goes By, a double-album tribute to favorite songs from film soundtracks.

2001

Neil Diamond’s Three Chord Opera is released.

2001

The Essential Neil Diamond, a career-spanning two-disc compilation, is released.

2003

Neil Diamond’s mammoth Stages: Performances 1970-2002 is released. This six-disc box set of live material comprises five CDs and one DVD.

2005

Neil Diamond’s 12 Songs, produced by Rick Rubin, is released.

2010

Neil Diamond releases Dreams, an album of favorite songs by other writers.

2011

Neil Diamond is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 26th annual induction ceremony in New York. tk is his presenter.

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