24 January 1941, Brooklyn, New York, USA. With a career as a pop hitmaker stretching across five decades, Diamond has veered between straightforward pop, a progressive singer-songwriter style and middle-of-the-road balladry. He attended the same high school as Neil Sedaka and Bobby Feldman of the Strangeloves and began songwriting as a young teenager. He made his first records in 1960 for local label Duel with Jack Packer as Neil And Jack. After college, Diamond became a full-time songwriter in 1962, recording unsuccessfully for CBS Records before Sunday And Me, produced by Leiber And Stoller for Jay And The Americans, brought his first success as a composer in 1965. The following year, Diamond made a third attempt at a recording career, joining Bert Berns Bang Records label. With Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich as producers, he released Solitary Man before the catchy Cherry Cherry entered the US Top 10. In 1967 the Monkees...
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