NEIL DIAMOND Biography - Musicians


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Name: Neil Diamond                                                                   
Birth name: Neil Leslie Diamond                                                     
Also known as The Diamond                                                           
Born: 24 January 1941 New York City                                                 
Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and     
occasional actor.                                                                   
From the 1960s to the 1980s, Diamond was one of the more successful pop music       
performers, scoring a number of hits in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. As critic       
William Ruhlmann writes, "as of 2001, he claimed worldwide record sales of 115       
million copies, and as of 2002 he was ranked third, behind only Elton John and       
Barbra Streisand, on the list of the most successful adult contemporary artists     
in the history of the Billboard chart." As of May 2005 he had sold 120               
million records worldwide, including 48 million records in the U.S.                 
Though his record sales declined somewhat after the 1980s, Diamond continues to     
tour successfully, and maintains a very loyal following. Diamond's songs have       
been recorded by a vast array of performers from many different musical genres.     
Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984, and then in 2000     
was given its Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been eligible for       
induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1989, but has thus far been