Neil Diamond interview audio

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Neil Diamond’s Top 5 Hits – With His Comments On Each Song

Over a 20 year period from 1966 to 1986, Neil Diamond had 55 songs make the Billboard Hot 100, and that’s not counting his songs that became hits for other artists like The Monkees, UB40, […]


Uni Records - 1971

Neil Diamond’s Most Personal Song

Neil Diamond will be singing it tomorrow night when he hits the stage at US Airways Arena for the Hot August Night show here in Phoenix.  Here’s what it’s not: Cracklin Rosie, Cherry Cherry, Sweet […]


Bang Records - 1967

How Neil Diamond Writes A Song

Is it music first or lyrics first?  How does a blank sheet of paper end up becoming Cracklin’ Rosie, Sweet Caroline, or Song Sung Blue?  Where do the original ideas come from?  Neil Diamond will […]


Bang Records - 1966

Neil Diamond Talks About His Early Songwriting Years

Before Neil Diamond had his first top 10 hit with Cherry Cherry, he had several flops under his belt including a song called Clown Town and a couple of singles as Neil and Jack.  In […]


Uni Records - 1972

A #1 Neil Diamond Hit He Thought Was a B-Side At Best

Even great songwriters like Neil Diamond never know what’s going to be a hit with the public.  No one was more surprised about what turned out to be one of his biggest hits than Neil […]


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A Neil Diamond Hit That Took Him Four Months To Write

Neil Diamond made his first records 50 years ago, and since that time he vast majority of his 56 chart single were written by Neil himself.  Some were written quickly and easily,while others took a […]


Uni Records - 1970

Neil Diamond’s Cracklin’ Rosie Has A Backstory

Neil Diamond’s real name is Neil Diamond, but did you know early in his career he considered changing his name to Noah Kaminsky?  I’m not making this up.   Thankfully calmer heads prevailed and the […]


How Does Neil Diamond Write A Song?

Neil Diamond has 56 chart hits he’s recorded, not to mention the 41 hit albums you can add to that.  It’s a lot of songwriting with a lot of hits songs, which is one reason […]


Girl You’ll Be a Woman Soon Appealed to Neil Diamond’s Audience In 1967

Tonight’s [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Top 6 @ 6[/lastfm] features songs about “girls and women”, so this [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Neil Diamond[/lastfm] song is a natural fit.  It was also his last top 10 hit until Sweet Caroline in 1969.


A Neil Diamond Hit That Tried To Emulate Richie Valens

It’s one of my Turntable Tuesday hits I’ll be playing today.[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Neil Diamond [/lastfm]didn’t say he was trying to emulate [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Richie Valens[/lastfm], but his first producer [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jeff Barry[/lastfm] made the statement.  and […]