Neil Diamond — American singer, songwriter, and actor
Neil Lesley Diamond was born on 24 January 1941 in New York. When he was in high school, Neil sang in one choir with Barbara Streisand. On his 16th birthday, Diamond got a guitar and started writing songs.
In 1963, the artist signed a contract with Columbia Records and released a single "At Night" b/w "Clown Town". It earned high scores from Billboard magazine but didn’t make it into the charts.
In 1965, Neil wrote, "Sunday and Me", which became his first big success. The song was performed by Jay and the Americans. It reached the 18th spot on Billboard Hot 100 and stayed in the chart for 8 weeks.
The first hit song performed by Diamond was “Solitary Man”, which came out in February 1966. It reached the 55th spot of Billboard Hot 100 and then climbed to the 21st position.