The singer/songwriter’s career has been filled with hits not only for him, but for other artists who recorded his songs
Influential singer and songwriter Neil Diamond celebrates 80- check five of his famous songs that were big hits for other artists
A Brief Overlook on Neil Diamond’s career
Born in Brooklyn, New York on January 24, 1941, Neil Diamond’s career has been filled with hits not only for him, but for other artists who recorded his songs. Diamond came to prominence during the late 1960’s, at first, unintentionally as songwriter after several artists covered his songs, most notably, The Monkees with “I’m A Believer” (that also first recorded it) which became a gold record within two days of its release and stayed at the top of the charts for seven weeks, remaining one of the seminal 1960’s songs. Like many other artists, the success of Diamond’s penned songs was so big that to this day many still are oblivious to the fact that it was originally written, recorded and released by Neil Diamond. Throughout his career of six decades, Neil Diamond has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time, and in the U.S alone he scored ten No. 1 singles on the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Two important Pop classics still stand today as Neil Diamond’s signature songs, “Sweet Caroline” and “Solitary Man”. Turning 78 today, here’s 5 original Neil Diamond songs that became notable hits for other artists.
5 – Kentucky Woman, released in 1966, Notably covered by Deep Purple in 1968
4 – Solitary Man, released in 1967, Notably covered by Chris Isaak 1993, Johnny Cash 2000, HIM 2004
3 – Red, Red Wine, released in 1967, Notably covered by UB40 in 1983
2 – Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon, released in 1967, Notably covered by Urge Overkill in 1994 for the Pulp Fiction soundtrack
1 – I’m A Believer, released in 1967, Notably covered and first recorded by The Monkees in 1966
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