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Neil Diamond to Receive Johnny Mercer Award At Songwriters Hall Of Fame

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Neil Diamond has been announced as the recipient of the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award at the 49th Annual Songwriters Hall Of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner set for June 14th at Manhattan’s Marriott Marquis Hotel. According to the press release, “The Johnny Mercer Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF), is exclusively reserved for a songwriter or songwriting team who has already been inducted in a prior year, and whose body of work is of such high quality and impact, that it upholds the gold standard set by the legendary Johnny Mercer. Neil Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984.”

SHOF Co-Chairmen Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff said of Diamond’s honor: “Having always been the consummate wordsmith, Neil Diamond has honed the craft of the hook to a fine art, and his storied performances are gifts to people of all ages, genres and backgrounds.”

Back in January, Neil Diamond announced his retirement from touring due to his recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. The press release announcing the diagnosis read in part: “The onset of the disease has made it difficult to travel and perform on a large scale basis but will allow Mr. Diamond to continue his writing, recording and development of new projects.”
Neil Diamond told us that his early ambition of going to med school couldn’t compare to his desire to become a word class singer-songwriter: “I was trying to be a songwriter first, before I was trying to be a doctor, but, y’know, the doctor thing didn’t work out, thank goodness, and I was able to stick with the songwriting thing until something clicked. So, my parents were pretty happy that I found something that I loved doing. That’s really what they wanted.”

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