|Birth name||Neil Leslie Diamond|
|Also known as||The Jewish Elvis, The Diamond Cutter|
|Born||January 24, 1941|
|Origin||New York City, U.S.|
|Genres||Rock, pop, folk, country|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano|
|Years active||1958 – present|
|Labels||Bang, Uni, MCA, Columbia|
Neil Leslie Diamond (born 24 January, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He wrote songs for Sonny and Cher, the Ronettes, Jay and the Americans and the Monkees. He began singing his own songs in 1966. From 1966 to 1968 he had written 14 hit songs and sold more than 12 million records. For a while he was the most highly paid performer in the world.
His first recording was "Solitary Man" in 1966. He recorded the album Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show which included the song "Sweet Caroline". This song reached number 3 on the US charts and sold more than a million copies.