Neil Happy, Happy 80th Birthday!!


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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.
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  1. Special Thanks to you!

    Hi Jean and Happy Belated Birthday Neil!

    Just getting around to this, and thank you for the post.  I share your love of Neil and his music, my story begins at the Worcester Centrum in the spring of 1986. I too traveled to many cities to see him until my 89th and final show at the Forum in LA, 2017.  Neil’s last live show in the US.

    Neil has been a reliable friend over the years, always there with the right song for the moment, new album for the time, and announcement for his new tour coming just in time as the yearning for another concert hit its peak. You and the ladies who run this page deserve so much credit for my ability to keep up with Neil’s “goings-on” and connected me to many other fans across the world.

    I cried for days when Neil announced his illness and retirement but those tears have turned to fantastic memories.  When I listen to Neil’s live recordings of concerts I’ve attended I tell friends: “this is my first full length album, or second, or first single” haha.  I tell them my voice is part of those cheers, singing along.

    Neil you have done more than made music, you have impacted lives, writing and singing the songs that accompany the “Story of My Life” and you will always be part of my life’s celebration. Many, many thanks.

    Lots of love and happiness to you Neil and You Jean, you have both been positive influences in my life’s journey.

     

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