The American singer-songwriter Neil Diamond was born on January 24, 1941 in New York City. Diamond is a highly successful pop music artist and scored numerous worldwide hits during the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. Music critic David Wild describes the common themes from Diamond’s songs as being a deep feeling of isolation along with an equally strong desire for connection. He yearns for home while simultaneously seeking greater freedom. The good, bad and ugly about this crazy thing we call love.
Diamond, as of 2001, had sold more than 115 million worldwide records, including 48 million in the U.S. Diamond is third all-time successful recording artist on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, trailing only Elton John and Barbra Streisand.
Although record sales for Diamond did decline following the 1980’s, he continues touring successfully and has a very loyal and strong following. Many different performers from a wide array of musical genres have recorded Neil Diamond songs.
In 1984, Diamond became a songwriters Hall of Fame member. In 2002, Diamond was awarded the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2001, Diamond will become a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.