Neil DiamondNeil Diamond is among the greatest pop songwriters of the modern age. He is among the top-grossing performers and best-selling recording artists of all time. Diamond’s prolific half-century as a professional musician has yielded one of the most enduring catalogs in American popular music.

To date he has placed 56 singles in Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart and 48 albums (including compilations) on its Top 200 album chart. He has sold more than 125 million records and set attendance records at venues all over the world. A charismatic and captivating performer, he’s been referred to as the “Jewish Elvis.” In reality, he’s bridged generations with his music, serving as a missing link between the iconic poles of Elvis Presley (rock and roll) and Frank Sinatra (adult pop).

Diamond is a product of New York. He was born and – except for a few childhood years spent in Cheyenne, Wyoming – raised in Brooklyn. He received a guitar for his 16th birthday, took some lessons, grew interested in songwriting and began making demos. He recalls the first self-penned tune that convinced him songwriting was in his blood: “On my fifth try I came up with ‘Blue Destiny,’ the song that got me hooked,” he wrote in his notes for In My Lifetime box set. “When I played it back… it made an immediate emotional connection. ‘Blue Destiny’ actually touched my 17-year-old heart and got me started on a lifetime journey of expressing myself through songs.”

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