Artist of the Month

Artist of The Month January 2015 – Neil Diamond

To help celebrate his birthday on January 24th, Presley Collectibles has named Neil Diamond their Artist of The Month and are offering a 15% discount on all genuine hand signed Diamond items. Just use discount code DIAMOND15 at the checkout.

September Morn

September Morn

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Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter with a career that began in the 1960s. Diamond has sold over 125 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.  He is the third most successful adult contemporary artist on the Billboard charts behind Elton John and one-time duet partner Barbra Streisand. His songs have been covered internationally by many performers from various musical genres.

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Rainbow LP

Rainbow LP

Diamond was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Jewish family descended from Russian and Polish immigrants. His parents were Rose (née Rapaport) and Akeeba “Kieve” Diamond, a dry-goods merchant. He grew up in several homes in Brooklyn, attending Erasmus Hall High School and Abraham Lincoln High School.

At Lincoln, the school from which he received his high school diploma, he was a member of the fencing team. He later attended New York University on a fencing scholarship, specializing in saber, and was a member of the 1960 NCAA men’s championship team; into his adult life he maintained his swordsmanship skills and continued to warm up with fencing exercises before his concerts.

His life ambition was in medicine, as explained in a live interview with TV talk show host Larry King:

I actually wanted to be a laboratory biologist. I wanted to study. And I really wanted to find a cure for cancer. My grandmother had died of cancer. And I was always very good at the sciences. And I thought I would go and try and discover the cure for cancer.

However, during his senior year at New York University, a music publishing company made him an offer he could not refuse: writing songs for $50 a week started him on the road to stardom. Thirty-five years later, in 1995, New York University gave him an honorary degree.

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Love At The Greek Tour Programme hand signed by Neil Diamond

Love At The Greek Tour Programme hand signed by Neil Diamond

 

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