The word legend is often overused when it comes to describing music artists, but when used to describe Neil Diamond it certainly applies.
During his illustrious career, the Brooklyn born crooner has written some of the most famous songs ever produced, selling over 130 million records, charting with 37 top 40 singles and no fewer than 16 Top 10 albums.
It took Diamond many years before establishing himself as a solo artist.
Although he wrote songs to be recorded by himself it was other artists that enjoyed success with his tracks. From Elvis Presley recording Sweet Caroline to The Monkees with I’m a Believer and A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You, Diamond’s songwriting abilities were unquestionable.
When Diamond signed for Bert Bern’s Bang Records in 1966 he finally got his breakthrough with his first hit Solitary Man, before releasing Kentucky Woman and Cherry Cherry.
In the 70s Diamond was at his peak and was a mainstay of the charts with hits I Am I Said, Song Sung Blue, Crackling Rosie, Forever in Blue Jeans, Love On The Rocks, Red Red Wine and his biggest hit, Sweet Caroline.
Diamond’s chart success saw him inducted into music’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and receive the highest honour for songwriters, the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award.
He has also won a Golden Globe and notched up no fewer than 13 Grammy Nominations.
It’s easy to see why Diamond has proved so popular with all ages over the past five decades. As well as his loud shirts, his unmistakeable sound and catchy lyrics have helped him win over audiences both young and old.
Despite being in his seventies now, Diamond shows no signs of slowing down and continues to roll back the years.
His latest tour is a celebration of his 50 year career, so get ready to dance and sing along to all of his hits.