December 4, 2023
August 3, 1970
Neil Diamond Is Man Of Many Vocal Moods
By Jill Melichar
A capacity crowd (hurricane warnings notwithstanding) of all ages and types (from barefooted quasi-hippies to pearl-bedecked, pant-suited matrons) filed politely into the Music Hall Sunday night for Neil Diamond’s second Houston appearance in four years.
Actually the evening should have been double-billed to include comic Sandy Baron. Boob tube addicts recognized him immediately from his appearances on the Dick Cavett Show, the Tonight Show and the “Landlord” series.
Baron is actually a nightclub variety comic, but he fit quite comfortably into the Music Hall atmosphere with a great set of jokes ranging on subjects from pot to religion. It was a pleasure laughing with a true professional.
Later Neil Diamond strolled on stage to the tune of a tremendous ovation. Despite problems with the sound system, his sensuous, gravel voice came over in fine style.
He sang mostly hits from his albums–“Sweet Caroline,” “Thank the Lord for the Nighttime,’ “Cherry Cherry,” “Kentucky Woman,” “Solitary Man” (his first hit currently re-released).
Diamond’s light, easy patter and light show via the audience’s flash cameras combined with deeply sensitive singing (“Clouds” by Joni Mitchell and “Brother Love”) showed him as a man for all moods of the new generation.
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