Neil Diamond

Born 24 January 1941.
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Neil Diamond - Tracks of My Years

Neil Diamond joins Ken Bruce to pick his all-time favourite songs on Tracks of My Years.

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Biography

Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter with a career that began in the 1960s. Diamond has sold over 125 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. He is the third most successful adult contemporary artist on the Billboard charts behind Barbra Streisand and Elton John. His songs have been covered internationally by many performers from various musical genres.

Neil Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Additionally, he received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and in 2011 was an honoree at Kennedy Center. On the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts, he has had ten No.1 singles: "Cracklin' Rosie", "Song Sung Blue", "Longfellow Serenade", "I've Been This Way Before", "If You Know What I Mean", "Desiree", "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", "America", "Yesterday's Songs", "Heartlight" and "I'm a Believer". He continues to record and release new material and maintains an extensive touring schedule as well.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Very Best of Neil Diamond: The Original Studio Recordings

    The Very Best of Neil Diamond: The Original Studio Recordings 2012

    Reviewed by Daniel Ross
    Offers more than a whistle-stop tour of the hits.
  2. Review of The Bang Years: 1966-1968

    The Bang Years: 1966-1968 2011

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Diamond’s brilliant early solo recordings, freshly re-presented in warm mono.
  3. Review of Dreams

    Dreams 2010

    Reviewed by Chris Roberts
    A splendid showcase for Diamond’s evergreen, emotive voice.
  4. Review of Home Before Dark

    Home Before Dark 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    He shows enough humorous self-effacement to make up for any past crimes of pride.
  5. Review of 12 Songs

    12 Songs 2006

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Neil's voice is up close and personal, defiant and markedly opposed to his...
  6. Review of The Jazz Singer

    The Jazz Singer 1980

    Reviewed by Chris Roberts
    Diamond’s biggest hit in the States, this soundtrack shifted over six million.
  7. Review of You Don’t Bring Me Flowers

    You Don’t Bring Me Flowers 1978

    Reviewed by David Quantick
    A chirpy album entirely brought about by a completely unplanned single.
  8. Review of Beautiful Noise

    Beautiful Noise 1976

    Reviewed by David Quantick
    There’s a highly pleasant lightness to nearly all of this album.
  9. Review of Stones

    Stones 1971

    Reviewed by Chris Roberts
    Cornball on top, but pulsating with intensity down below.
  10. Review of Touching You, Touching Me

    Touching You, Touching Me 1969

    Reviewed by Chris Roberts
    You’d need a gnarly heart not to be touched by Diamond’s drive here.
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