NEIL DIAMOND–THE EARLY YEARS–“SOLITARY MAN”

Hello,  Neil Diamond has one of the most fabulous careers in the world of pop music.  Neil was born on January 24, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York.  He is a singer/songwriter with over 50 hit records and numerous albums to his credit.  His sold out live concerts are legendary.

His hit records began in earnest in May of 1966 when he charted his first hit single,  SOLITARY MAN on Bang Records.  The single charted at #55 and was on the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 weeks.  In August he would chart his first Top 10 hit,  CHERRY, CHERRY a #6 hit record.  He would close out 1966 with one more pop hit,  I GOT THE FEELIN’ (Oh No No) a #16 Hot 100 hit.

1967 was a good year for Neil Diamond, four songs would become Hot 100 hits beginning with  YOU GOT TO ME in January.  The single would reach #18 and be followed by his second Top 10 hit,  GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON, #10 on the Hot 100.  In July Neil would have a summer hit with,  THANK THE LORD FOR THE NIGHT TIME a #13 hit on the Hot 100.  In October he charted  KENTUCKY WOMAN a record that climbed the Hot 100 to #22.

In 1968 Neil Diamond began a long career on Uni Records.  One that would include some of the biggest hits of the 1970’s and 1980’s, including the classic hits…SWEET CAROLINE…HOLLY HOLY…CRACKLIN’ ROSIE…SONG SUNG BLUE…STONES and many many more.  Bang Records would release two more singles by Neil in 1968, they are,  NEW ORLEANS-#51 and  RED RED WINE-#62.  In May of 1968 his first Uni Records single,  BROOKLYN ROADS, a song about his early life charted, it reached #58 on the Hot 100.  In 1969 Neil became a house-hold name with his multi-million seller,  SWEET CAROLINE and the rest is history.

He is the third most successful Adult Contemporary artist ever, only behind Barbara Streisand and Elton John.  As of 2001 he has sold over 115 million records worldwide.  His loyal following continues to pack his sold-out concerts.  He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984, and in 2000 he received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award.  Neil Diamond is ranked as the #10 artist in the 1970’s and is ranked #25 All-Time by Joel Whitburn in his Record Research book “Top Pop Singles”.

Neil Diamond has written songs that other artist have taken to the top of the charts, songs like,  I’M A BELIEVER,  A LITTLE BIT ME, A LITTLE BIT YOU recorded by The Monkees are just two examples of his early success as a songwriter.  His early years at Bang Records were just the beginning of the legend known as Neil Diamond.  On March 14, 2011 Neil Diamond was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  His early hits are a special part of the “Golden Era Of Rock And Roll”.

CLICK THE TITLE BELOW AND HEAR THE SONG THAT BECAME NEIL DIAMONDS FIRST HIT RECORD…

Solitary Man – 1966

Till the next time—Joe

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