Columbia releases “I’ve Been This Way Before” and “Reggae Strut” single.
Columbia releases “The Last Picasso” and “The Gift of Song” single.
Neil collaborates with The Band member, Robbie Robertson, to compose “Dry Your Eyes.” This collaboration begins what was to become a long and successful history of collaborations by Neil with many songwriters, among whom Gilbert Becaud, Richard Bennett, Carole Bayer Sager and Alan and Marilyn Bergman are just a few.
Neil records special 12-inch single for son Jesse’s schoolmates in a special recording session in which the class members participated. The recording is entitled, “We Wrote A Song Together,” and each of the children in attendance receives an autographed copy of the record. Included on the record is an alternate version of “Beautiful Noise.” The disc was never released to the public.
Ending his three-year sabbatical, Neil decides to tour once again, and begins preparation for a six-week tour of Australia and New Zealand by performing three shows in Sacramento and three shows in Utah. New band members are added for this tour: Reinie Press (bassist), Tom Hensley (pianist), King Errisson (percussionist), Doug Rhone (guitarist) and Linda Press (background vocalist).
Neil tours down under beginning at Western Springs in Auckland, New Zealand, and ending in Sydney, Australia.
This was to become the most successful tour in Neil’s career to date. At the Auckland show, held at The Western Springs Rugby Field, the attendance is a record 35,000. The attendance at the Queen Elizabeth II Park in Christchurch, is 25,000. The Australia shows were equally successful. Neil celebrates his final appearance of the Australia tour by performing live, on Australian national television, in a special show at the Sydney Sports Grounds, aptly named “Thank You Australia.”
Family Weekly Magazine publishes feature article, “Neil Diamond: ‘Songs Are Life In 80 Words or Less.'”
Neil returns to North America where he continues touring through October, playing 32 cities beginning with Las Cruces, New Mexico, and ending in Oakland, California.
Neil leaves BNB Management, the firm which coordinated his highly successful Australia/New Zealand tour earlier in year, and signs with Jerry Weintraub’s Management III.
Columbia releases “If You Know What I Mean” and “Street Life” single.
“Beautiful Noise” album is certified gold.
Neil’s home in Holmby Hills is raided by the Los Angeles police and sheriff’s departments, who receive an anonymous (and erroneous) tip that cocaine can be found on the property.
Neil opens the new $10 million 7,000-seat Aladdin Theater for the Performing Arts, in Las Vegas, Nevada, playing five sold-out shows.
Neil gives away the bride, Tina Ward, in marriage to Richard Bennett in a star-studded ceremony at the Jockey Club Hotel in Las Vegas.
Columbia releases “Beautiful Noise” album.
Columbia releases “Don’t Think…Feel” and “Home Is A Wounded Heart” single.
“Beautiful Noise” album is certified platinum.
Rolling Stone Magazine publishes feature article, “The Frog Who Would Be King.”
MCA releases “And The Singer Sings His Song” album.
Columbia releases “Beautiful Noise” and “Signs” single.
Neil performs “Dry Your Eyes” at The Band’s final performance, released by Martin Scorcese as the film, “The Last Waltz,” which takes place at San Francisco’s Winterland Arena.
Columbia releases “Song Sung Blue” single as a radio station DJ promo only.
Sunway Periodicals, Inc., publishes “A Pictorial Look At The Sensational International Star — Neil Diamond: An Unauthorized Biography,” by Joe Cal Cagno.
Billboard Magazine publishes feature article, “Neil Diamond’s Emergence On All Fronts Will Make Him Recognizable Once And For All.”
Neil’s first TV Special, “The Neil Diamond Special” is aired on the NBC network. (This special was released as “Neil Diamond: Love At The Greek” videocassette on Apr 14, 1984.)
The “Love At The Greek” album, recorded live in concert at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California, hits the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.
“Love At The Greek” album is certified gold.
Neil presents an Academy Award for Best Song to Barbra Streisand, who co-wrote and recorded the song, “Evergreen” for the motion picture “A Star Is Born.”
Neil plays one night at Woburn Abbey, the final stop on a tour of Europe that began one month earlier, playing nineteen shows, including stops in The Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria as well as five performances at the London Palladium. Clips from the Woburn Abbey concert, with 55,000 believers in attendance, appear in the “I’m Glad You’re Here With Me Tonight,” Neil’s second television special.
“Love At The Greek” album is certified platinum.
Capitol releases Neil’s “Sunflower” single, recorded by Glen Campbell.
“The Neil Diamond Special” is nominated for four Emmys:
- Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction
- Outstanding Achievement in Technical Direction and Camerawork
- Outstanding Achievement in Video Tape Editing for a Special
- Outstanding Special – Comedy, Variety or Musical