Walk of Fame Star for Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond will be honored with a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame on 10 August 2012, with the ceremony taking place in front of the Capitol Records Building at 1750 N. Vine Street. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the legendary singer/songwriter’s best-selling double album Hot August Night. When announcing the event, a spokesperson for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce noted that Diamond is “one busy man” noting that they are “thrilled to honor this legendary performer.”
At the age of 71, Diamond is currently touring the US, playing to sold-out audiences in major venues and proving that he still has that special star quality to keep fans coming back for more. In addition to selling more than 125 million records worldwide, his achievements include 16 Top Ten albums, 37 Top Ten singles, thirteen Grammy nominations, the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Golden Globe Award. He has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and has been honored by the Kennedy Center, as well as being named the 2009 MusiCares Person of the Year.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Neil diamond sang in the school choir alongside Barbara Streisand, who would later join him for a series of duets. He put his planned medical career on hold to pursue his passion for music, and his talent was soon recognized by top songwriting team Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich and signed a one year contract with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, which turned out less than satisfactory for Diamond who reportedly described his work at the time as being “mediocre”. At the end of his contract he teamed up with Greenwich and Barry to form a publishing company owning the copyrights to his songs, and set his sights on becoming a recording artist. His first recording contract was with Bang Records, and his career took off, with his first hit being the haunting song Solitary Man.
A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is further confirmation that Neil Diamond is an indelible part of musical history. How many lives he has touched with his thoughtful lyrics and heartfelt melodies is impossible to know.