Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Neil Diamond is celebrating his 77th birthday …
Written by megarock on January 24, 2018
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Neil Diamond is celebrating his 77th birthday today. It was just two days ago that Neil announced that he was retiring from touring in order to take care of his health.
Neil didn’t start out wanting to be a musician. His life ambition was in medicine, as explained in a live interview with TV talk show host Larry King: “I actually wanted to be a laboratory biologist. I wanted to study. And I really wanted to find a cure for cancer. My grandmother had died of cancer. And I was always very good at the sciences. And I thought I would go and try and discover the cure for cancer.”
However, during his senior year at New York University, a music publishing company made him an offer he could not refuse: writing songs for $50 a week started him on the road to stardom. Thirty-five years later, in 1995, New York University gave him an honorary degree.
Diamond spent his early career as a songwriter in the Brill Building. His first success as a songwriter came in November 1965, with “Sunday and Me”, a Top 20 hit forJay and the Americans. Greater success as a writer followed with “I’m a Believer”, “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You”, “Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)”, and “Love to Love”, all performed by The Monkees.
Then he did have a couple of hits too……
Happy Birthday Neil!!! Please take good care of yourself.