Fast Facts

  • Received his first guitar on his 16th birthday.
  • Sang in the Erasmus Hall High School chorus with fellow Brooklynite Barbra Streisand. The two would later collaborate on the duet "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" in 1978.
  • Was in his senior year at NYU when he was offered a songwriting contract; dropped out of college six months short of completing to pursue his musical career. 
  • Composed hit songs for Jay and the Americans, the Monkees and other artists before releasing his own albums.
  • Was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 14, 2011.
  • As of 2011, is No. 2 on Billboard's list of The 50 Best Adult Contemporary Artists Ever (Elton John holds the No. 1 spot).

Awards

  • 1973, Grammy — Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Winner
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music: Nominee
  • 1974, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music: Nominee
  • 1981, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1974, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1981, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee

Relationships

  • Akeeba 'Kieve' Diamond — Father
  • Elyn Diamond — Daughter
  • Rose Diamond — Mother
  • Jaye Posner — Ex-wife
  • Jesse Diamond — Son
  • Harvey Diamond — Brother
  • Marjorie Diamond — Daughter
  • Micah Diamond — Son
  • Marcia Murphey — Ex-wife
  • Katie McNeil — Wife

College

  • Attended New York University, New York, NY

Details

  • Birth Name: Neil Leslie Diamond
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY
  • Birthday: January 24, 1941, Aquarius
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Actor
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