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Happy 80th Birthday to Neil Diamond!!
Hard to believe that Neil is 80 years old. I first saw him in concert in Dec 1967 at KRNT Theater in Des Moines, last time in May 2017 in St Paul…traveled to cities all over the US and Canada, attended 135 concerts in those 50 years. And along the way I gained lifelong friendships, which I treasure even more than all of the fun and experiences. Some of those experiences included meeting the man himself. He is such a dynamic performer on stage but off stage he is very humble, very soft spoken and somewhat shy. Would I do it all again? HELL YEAH! (ND fans will get this) Sharing some photos of the “close encounters.”
Neil is one of the best selling musicians of all time, sold over 100 million albums and is in the ranks of Elvis and the Beatles and received many accolades and awards.
“Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, and he received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. In 2011, he was an honoree at the Kennedy Center Honors, and he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. In 2019, his 1969 signature song “Sweet Caroline” was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.”
If you are a fan and have seen him in concert then you know that you saw a music icon. Sold out tour after sold out tour for many, many years all over the world. It’s just so sad to know that the concert days are over.