|Few artists in any genre of music have achieved the sort of iconic status of Neil Diamond. Over a career that has spanned more than five decades, Diamond has come to be one of the most celebrated figures in American songwriting culture. His sound blends components of classic rock with folk sensibilities and a strong, assertive voice that has delighted the hearts of fans all over the world. His music, at times, has come to embody the ideals of the country genre, making him a topical hit across a wide range of audiences and all ages. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind experience for you and your family, purchase your Neil Diamond Tickets today.
Diamond was born in January of 1941 in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in a working-class family, and spent his entire childhood moving around Brooklyn with his parents. As a child, Diamond had a wide variety of interests, and music did not immediately appear as his life’s goal. He was an avid fencer, and ultimately earned a scholarship to attend New York University for his skills. While at school, Diamond had ambitions of becoming a doctor or medical researcher. He continued to play music throughout this time, and began to gain recognition for it. His abilities grew to such a level that he found himself being made an offer to write songs for a publishing agency. Unable to turn down the paid gig, Diamond left NYU during his senior year and began songwriting professionally.
Rise to fame
Diamond’s first contract as a solo performer came from Columbia records in 1962. He wrote songs under the label but experienced minimal commercial recognition, and was dropped by Columbia shortly thereafter. After several years of songwriting for classic rock groups of the period, Atlantic Records took note of Diamond’s talent and signed him to a contract. He released back-to-back records on this label in 1966 and 1967, The Feel of Neil Diamond and Just for You. At the time, Just For You, charted at the No. 80 spot in the U.S., giving Diamond his first taste of true commercial success. Though he would leave Atlantic shortly thereafter for Universal Records, Diamond’s success was only beginning.
Commercial success and critical acclaim
All in all, Diamond has released over 30 studio albums, positioning him among some of the most prolific musicians of all time. Among his most celebrated works are Beautiful Noise, I’m Glad You’re Here With Me Tonight, September Morn, Rainbow, Serenade, On My Way to the Sky, Lovescape, Tennessee Moon and Home Before Dark. Globally, Diamond has sold more than 125,000,000 albums, positioning him among the best-selling musicians ever. Throughout his 50-plus year career, Diamond has maintained a strong touring presence, selling out arenas and stadiums both across the U.S. and abroad.