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Born: January 24, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: Music ...
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1956:
Wrote his first song "Here Them Bells" at 15
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Dropped out during his junior year of college to work for Sunbeam Music on Manhattan's famous Tin Pan Alley
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Rented a storage room in a printer's shop located above the famed Birdland nightclub on Broadway, where he lived and wrote songs
1965:
Made his <i>Billboard</i> Top 20 debut as a songwriter with the Jay and the Americans track "Sunday and Me"
1966:
Wrote the No. 1 song "I'm a Believer," recorded by The Monkees
1966:
Released his debut single as an artist, "Solitary Man"; peaked at No. 55 on the <i>Billboard</i> Hot 100 chart
1969:
Released his signature track "Sweet Caroline"; Diamond later said the song was inspired by John F. Kennedy's daughter Caroline
1970:
Moved to Los Angeles, CA
1971:
The single "I Am...I Said" reached the Top 5 in the U.S. and U.K. charts
1972:
Released the live double album "Hot August Night," recorded during his concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles
1973:
Recorded the soundtrack for the film "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"; album landed at No. 2
1977:
Released second live double album recorded at the Greek Theatre, "Love at the Greek"; album featured appearances by Helen Reddy and Henry Winkler
1978:
Topped the <i>Billboard</i> Hot 100 with the Barbra Streisand duet "You Don't Bring Me Flowers"
1980:
Starred in first and only feature film of his career, playing a Jewish Cantor who dreams of becoming a pop star in "The Jazz Singer"; film was a remake of the 1927 Al Jolson classic; soundtrack featured the hits "America" and "Love on the Rocks"
1986:
Named by <i>Billboard</i> magazine as the most profitable performer of the year
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Saw a career resurgence in the late 1990s and 2000s after "Sweet Caroline" played at various sporting events
1994:
Urge Overkill recorded a cover version of Diamond's "Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon" (1967) for the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino-directed "Pulp Fiction"
2001:
Made a cameo (as himself) in the comedy feature "Saving Silverman," starring Jason Biggs and Jack Black
2002:
Appeared on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC) alongside Will Ferrell, who impersonated Diamond on the variety sketch show
2005:
Released the Rick Rubin-produced album "12 Songs"
2008:
Appeared on Fox's "American Idol" as a celebrity mentor
2009:
Named "MusiCares Person of the Year" by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
2011:
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
2011:
Recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors

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