Wrote his first song "Here Them Bells" at 15
Dropped out during his junior year of college to work for Sunbeam Music on Manhattan's famous Tin Pan Alley
Rented a storage room in a printer's shop located above the famed Birdland nightclub on Broadway, where he lived and wrote songs
Made his <i>Billboard</i> Top 20 debut as a songwriter with the Jay and the Americans track "Sunday and Me"
Wrote the No. 1 song "I'm a Believer," recorded by The Monkees
Released his debut single as an artist, "Solitary Man"; peaked at No. 55 on the <i>Billboard</i> Hot 100 chart
Released his signature track "Sweet Caroline"; Diamond later said the song was inspired by John F. Kennedy's daughter Caroline
Moved to Los Angeles, CA
The single "I Am...I Said" reached the Top 5 in the U.S. and U.K. charts
Released the live double album "Hot August Night," recorded during his concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles
Recorded the soundtrack for the film "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"; album landed at No. 2
Released second live double album recorded at the Greek Theatre, "Love at the Greek"; album featured appearances by Helen Reddy and Henry Winkler
Topped the <i>Billboard</i> Hot 100 with the Barbra Streisand duet "You Don't Bring Me Flowers"
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"
Named by <i>Billboard</i> magazine as the most profitable performer of the year
Saw a career resurgence in the late 1990s and 2000s after "Sweet Caroline" played at various sporting events
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"
Made a cameo (as himself) in the comedy feature "Saving Silverman," starring Jason Biggs and Jack Black
Appeared on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC) alongside Will Ferrell, who impersonated Diamond on the variety sketch show
Released the Rick Rubin-produced album "12 Songs"
Appeared on Fox's "American Idol" as a celebrity mentor
Named "MusiCares Person of the Year" by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors