Considering the voice of Neil Diamond, many fans would think he had been professionally instructed in vocals. However, the start of of this singer and songwriters life was quite on the opposite side of the music industry. In fact, he had a dream as a young man to become a lab biologist, a dream he felt would help to lead to the cure for cancer. This dream was fueled by the fact his grandmother passed away from cancer.
When Diamond graduated from high school, he went on to attend New York University on a fencing scholarship. During this time, his mind was changed about pursuing a career in medicine by a deal he was offered by a record company for writing songs. This can be said to be his first step towards an awesome life of stardom.
While he did write songs, his passion grew stronger for using his own voice for music. In 1962, Diamond signed a contract with none other than Columbia Records to start his sole career as a singer and performer. He continued to write songs for famous performers like Elvis Presley and The Monkees while he also worked on his own music.
1966 brought a record deal with a subsidiary of Atlantic Records called Bert Berns Bang Records and Diamonds first hit, "Solitary Man." His career after this song was straight up. He never looked back as he rose to stardom with millions of fans backing him up. Songs like "Kentucky Woman" followed and he became a household name almost overnight.
The seventies and eighties brought higher levels of success to fabulous performer. With an invigorating voice and personality, he seemed to be destined great things surrounding his music. He has performed world wide and gained international notoriety. He gave his fans great performances and is still doing so today.
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