American singer-songwriter Neil Diamond was born 24 January, in 1941 His career spans over five decades from the 1960s until the present, and Diamond continues to record and release new material and tour. Born in Brooklyn, New York, He attended Abraham Lincoln High School, from where he received his high school diploma, and was also a member of the fencing team. Later he also attended the New York University where Diamond got his big break, in after a music publishing company made him an offer to write songs for $50 a week. This started him on the road to stardom.
As of 2001, Diamond had sold over 115 million records worldwide including 48 million in the United States alone. He is considered to be the third most successful adult contemporary artist ever on the Billboard chart behind Barbra Streisand and Elton John. His songs have been covered internationally by many performers from various musical genres.
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 the Kennedy Center Honors. He has eight number one hit singles with “Cracklin Rosie”, “Song Sung Blue”, “Desiree”, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”, “Love On The Rocks“, “America”, “Yesterday’s Songs”, and “Heartlight”. In addition he also has many other well known songs including Forever in Blue Jeans and Sweet Caroline,