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Neil Diamond Turns 76 Today

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Happy Birthday to Neil Diamond, who turns 76 today (January 24th)!!! Diamond’s 39-date “50 Year Anniversary World Tour” kicks off on April 7th at Fresno, California’s SaveMart Center and wraps over two nights on August 10th and 12th at L.A.’s The Forum. Along the way, Diamond will play such major cities as New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, Cleveland, Nashville, Toronto, Vancouver, Tampa, and many more. International dates will be announced soon.

Neil Diamond is beloved for his string of hits, including such classics as “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Song Sung Blue,” “I Am. . . I Said,” “Cherry Cherry,” “Kentucky Woman,” “Thank The Lord For The Night Time,” “Solitary Man,” “Red, Red Wine,” “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon,” “Love On The Rocks,” “Hello Again,” and “America,” among many others. Diamond also wrote the Monkees’ Number One hit, “I’m A Believer,” as well as other Monkees favorites including the Top Two hit, “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You,” and “Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow).”

2016 saw the release of Neil Diamond’s fourth holiday album, titled An Acoustic Christmas. Among the yuletide classics featured on the set are “O Holy Night,” “Do You Hear What I Hear,” “Hark The Herald Angels Sing,” and “Silent Night.” The album was produced by Don Was and Jackknife Lee, who were behind the boards for Diamond’s last album, 2014’s Top Three set, Melody Road.

In 2013, in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, Diamond pledged all the proceeds from the-then recent sales spike of his 1969 hit “Sweet Caroline” to Boston’s One Fund. The song, which has been an incredible source of pride and joy for Boston since it became a Fenway tradition over a decade ago, was played in honor of Boston at various games following the tragedy — including the Sox’s archrivals, the New York Yankees.
In 2012, Neil Diamond married his co-manager Katie McNeil in Los Angeles. Diamond, who’s 30 years older than McNeil, has been married two other times; first in 1963 to his high school sweetheart, Jayne “Posey” Posner, with the couple splitting six years later. Diamond walked down the isle with second wife Marcia Murphey that same year with the couple calling it quits in 1994. Diamond reportedly paid Murphey a whopping $150 million divorce settlement. Both of Diamond’s previous marriages produced two children each.
In November 2010, Diamond released the self-produced collection, called Dreams. The album features scaled-back versions of legendary tracks by the Beatles, the Eagles, Bill Withers, Leon Russell, Randy Newman, and even the Monkees, with Diamond covering his own “I’m A Believer.”

Diamond’s previous mainstream studio release, 2008’s Home Before Dark, debuted at Number One — marking the first time he ever topped the Billboard 200 album chart.

Out now is The Very Best of Neil Diamond – The Original Studio Recordings. The 23-song set is the first Neil Diamond collection to draw from his complete studio discography as featured on the Bang, Uni/MCA, Capitol, and Columbia labels. Highlights on the set include “Cherry, Cherry,” “I Am. . . I Said,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Solitary Man,” “Song Sung Blue,” “Hello Again,” “Kentucky Woman,” “I’m A Believer,” “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” “Shilo,” and “America,” among others.

In 2007 Diamond made news when he revealed that Caroline Kennedy was the inspiration behind his 1969 hit “Sweet Caroline.”
A while back, Neil Diamond said that despite being on and off the charts, and at various times considered out of favor and then hip again, he’s comfortable being himself: “We were in rehearsal for the show, and one of my newer musicians sat down next to me while I was watching from the seats. And he finally turned to me and said, ‘Do you like being you?’ And I, y’know, I thought it was an interesting question. I never thought about it. And I’ve never really been asked that question before. And I thought for a moment and, y’know, I said to him, ‘Hell yeah,’ y’know, ‘there’s no question about it.'”

April 7 – Fresno, CA – SaveMart Center
April 9 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
April 12 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
April 14 – Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center
April 16 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Center
April 19 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
April 21 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
April 23 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
April 26 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
April 28 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
April 30 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
May 2 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
May 21 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
May 24 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
May 26 – Indianapolis, IN – Banker’s Life Fieldhouse
May 28 – Chicago, IL – United Center
May 30 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
June 2 – Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
June 4 – Rochester, NY – Blue Cross Arena
June 7 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
June 9 – Baltimore, MD – Royal Farms Arena
June 11 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
June 15, 17 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
June 20 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
June 22 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 14 – Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena
July 16 – Houston, TX – Toyota Cente
July 18 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
July 21 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
July 24 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
July 26 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena
July 28 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
July 30 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center
August 2 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
August 4 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
August 8 – San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center
August 10, 12 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum

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