Neil Diamond is a pretty good stage name and luckily for the singer, it was his given one.
However, he did consider using a different name when he started.
"My two other main choices were: Noah Kaminsky (which had biblical underpinnings and great character) and secondly, Ice Charry (which I thought was pure rock & roll)," he said on a Reddit AMA.
While The Monkees made the song "I'm A Believer" popular, Neil Diamond is the one who originally wrote and recorded the song.
Neil Diamond has 13 Grammy nominations under his belt and one win.
In 2018, he was awarded with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Princess Diana went to a number of Neil Diamond's concerts including in 1984 and 1989.
He even nabbed a dance with the Princess of Wales during the White House dinner held in her and Prince Charles' honour, but the pic most people remember from that evening is of her hitting the floor with John Travolta.
Neil Diamond set a record for the highest paid debut actor in the 1980 film "The Jazz Singer" alongside Laurence Olivier and Lucie Arnaz.
Neil Diamond wrote "Hear Them Bells" to impress his girlfriend, Jaye Posner, in 1961.
And clearly it worked because the two got married and had two daughters.
Sadly, they divorced in 1969. The song was then released in 1996.
We were almost not graced with Neil Diamond's music.
The "Sweet Caroline" singer told Larry King that he wanted to be a laboratory biologist.
"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," he said.
Neil Diamond started studying at NYU for four years with a fencing fellowship.
He dropped out to write songs for $50 a week and was presented with an honorary degree in 1995.
After watching folk singer Pete Seeger during a kids camp, Neil Diamond was inspired to write songs.
"And the next thing, I got a guitar when we got back to Brooklyn, started to take lessons and almost immediately began to write songs," he told Rolling Stone.
Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand collaborated on 1978's "You Don't Send Me Flowers Anymore", but the two actually went to school together.
They both sang in Brighton Beach High School's glee club at the same time, but didn't know each other then.