“Cracklin’ Rosie” single is certified gold.
UNI releases “He Ain’t Heavy…He’s My Brother” and “Free Life” single.
UNI releases “Do It” and “Hanky Panky” single.
“Gold” album certified is gold.
UNI releases “Taproot Manuscript” album.
“Touching You, Touching Me” album is certified gold.
Billboard Magazine votes Neil Top Male Singles Vocalist, #2 Singles Artist, and #2 Easy Listening Artist of 1970.
In England, Neil appears on the BBC-TV show, “Top of the Pops,” where he sings “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Sweet Caroline,” and “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show.”
The response to “Sweet Caroline” was so tremendous that Decca/MCA released it to the United Kingdom market, where it was an instant hit.
Neil makes his final appearance on “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.” Guests also include Linda Ronstadt and Liberace. Neil performs “Soolaimon,” and later participates in a duet with Linda and a medley of favorites with Linda and Glen.
Time Magazine publishes feature article, “Tin Pan Tailor.”
“Taproot Manuscript” album is certified gold.
Neil appears as a guest at the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) in Los Angeles, California.
UNI releases “I Am…I Said” and “Done Too Soon” single. Arguably Neil’s most introspective composition to date, “I Am…I Said” was written after he auditioned for lead in the motion picture, “Lenny,” which portrayed the life of entertainer/comedian Lenny Bruce.
Neil goes on a six-city tour of Europe, beginning with two performances on May 29th at London’s Royal Festival Hall and ending in Stuttgart, Germany. While on this tour, Neil appears on BBC-TV’s “Top of the Pops,” on June 3, looking introspective, and performing the equally introspective, recently released, “I Am…Said.” Also appearing are The Hollies, Stevie Wonder and Peter Noone, among several others.
UNI releases “Done Too Soon” (as A-side release).
Bang releases “I’m A Believer” and “Crooked Street” single.
Neil plays a seven-night engagement at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California. This engagement is the first time that a stereo sound system is used at the Greek Theater, incorporating the sounds of Neil’s band, a 35-piece string orchestra, and six background singers. The Los Angeles Herald-Examiner reports, “…the finest concert…in Greek Theater history.”
Neil goes on tour of Eastern and Midwest North America, doing 16 shows in 12 cities, including a stop in Montreal, Canada.
MCA UK and Decca Records pronounce today as “Neil Diamond Day,” in view of the fact that BBC-2 is screening “An Evening With Neil Diamond,” a 45-minute solo show taped with a 30-piece orchestra during his British visit in June.
UNI releases “Open End Radio Special with Neil Diamond” promo album, promoting the “Stones” album.
UNI releases the “Stones” album.
UNI releases “Stones” and “Crunchy Granola Suite” single.
Neil signs a $5 million contract with CBS Records.
The contract does not take effect until March, 1973, so Neil continues to release records under the UNI label.
“Stones” album is certified gold.
Neil participates in “A Seminar in Songwriting” at the Sherwood Oaks Experimental College in Van Nuys, California.
At the Grammy ceremonies, Neil is recognized with a nomination in the POP VOCAL MALE category for “I Am…I Said.”
UNI releases “Song Sung Blue” and “Gitchy Goomy” single.
UNI releases “Moods” album.
“Song Sung Blue” single is certified gold.
UNI releases “Play Me” and “Porcupine Pie.”
Neil opens a 10-night sold out engagement at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California. Determined to out-do the 1971 Greek Theater engagement, which had been the first time that stereo sound was used at the Greek, Neil’s show this time uses “quadraphonic” sound, yet another pioneering effort. One night during the engagemnet, Neil performs with a 102 fever. The August 24th performance is recorded and the result is the history-making best selling 2-disc album, “Hot August Night.” By December, the album is number 5 on the Billboard charts.
“Moods” album is certified gold.