Happy 70th birthday, Neil Diamond!

Neil-DiamondImage Credit: Theo Wargo/WireImage.comNeil Diamond turns 70 today, and even though the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee seems to have deserted us on Twitter — his last tweet was on New Year’s Eve and linked to funny animal voiceovers — we’re still going to celebrate him. We can’t write “Happy Birthday Neil Diamond!” in the sky like someone did Sunday over the Bel-Air hills, but perhaps we can take a moment to each write a sentence describing our love for the man. I’ll give you a few ideas:

• My key chain is a silver guitar with the words “Neil Diamond World Tour 2008″ on it.
• My favorite mug says “Diamond Girl,” and it’s from 2001.
• I had this semi-hideous floral/lace/sequin shirt I only felt comfortable wearing once — to a Neil Diamond concert.
• After multiple karaoke attempts, I’ve had to accept that “I Am… I Said” is not in my vocal range.
• Some people like to pretend they’re too cool to sing along to “Sweet Caroline”: I am not. (If I’ve been drinking, and I’m in the top row of Madison Square Garden at a Neil concert, I will apparently even throw in some bah-bah-bah hip action.)
• I got chills the first time I heard Neil Diamond’s version of “Midnight Train to Georgia.”
• I was secretly jealous when my sister got to do a baton routine to “America” for the Junior Miss pageant.
• I can’t help it, I think “Play Me” is beautiful.
• I’d put Neil’s “Hell Yeah” right up there with Johnny Cash’s cover of “Hurt.”
• I don’t care if he won the first ever Razzie for Worst Actor for The Jazz Singer, his delivery of the line, “Suddenly you find you’re out there, walking in a storm” on “Love on the Rocks” is epic.
• I still think the video below is hot…

Your turn.

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  • ST

    Mandi-this post made me laugh out loud (in a good way!). I love me some Neil too. Always have, always will and will also sing along to Sweet Caroline (but don’t have to be drunk to do it so that might be slightly more disturbing).

  • Jen

    Haha this is awesome

  • joan

    hope you have a blessed happy 70 th brithday neal, love your songs,may god bless you on this day and every day.

  • ET

    already have it on what you would call an LP picked it up off of this couple we abducted in 73 outside of wilmington,nc getty a little scratchy now tho

  • Hilde

    Happy 70th Birthday, Neil! Hope to see you in tour in North America.

  • LOL

    It’s a Diamond world. We just live in it.

  • riley

    happy birthday Neil Diamond!! I grew up with his music. my favorite songs by him are “Forever in blue jeans”, “Love on the Rocks”, “I am I said”, and “You don’t bring me flowers” (his duet with Barbara Streisand).

  • shelley

    There are two kinds of people in the world (according to the movie, What about Bob) Those who like Neil Diamond and those who don’t: I LOVE Neil Diamond!!!!

    • MiaS

      I second that!

  • Linda

    Happy 70th birthday, Neil! Thank you most sincerely for so many years of heartfelt songs and words that often touch one’s soul. Your range of types of songs is so vast that every person who loves popular music must have at least one of your songs that speaks volumes to him or her. Most of us have many. In my humble opinion you deserve the next Gershwin award and you should have been in the R & R Hall of Fame years ago. Blessings and peace always to you and yours.

  • ALM

    Shouldn’t that be “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame INDUCTEE”, rather than ‘nominee’?

    ‘Bout time, Neil!

  • Javier Spain

    Neil Diamond lives forever. I love Neil Diamond`s songs: songs like” marry me” (1997), “Forever in blue jeans” (1978), “diamond girls”(1978),”if I never knew your name”(1969), “Shilo” (1968)…

  • Anne

    Happy Birthday Neil!Took my daughter to one of your concerts about 6 years ago and she loved your music – she was 19 at the time and was reluctant to join me. She loved your music as I have for many years. You sure look great for 70!

  • JB

    Happy 70th Birthday Neil. I can not imagine this world without you. You have brought so much joy and happiness to my life and the lives of many through your beautiful voice and caring heart. May you be blessed with joy and good health through out this year and in years to come. You are loved by so many. (hall of fame or not). We love you.

  • Sox Girl

    Happy Birthday Neil. I’ve loved your music since 1969 and I listen to it every day. Wishing you much happiness and a loooong career! (OK, the long career wish is for me!)

  • Pam Murray

    Yea, Neil. I was your favorite groupie back in the 80’s. Took a picture of you in a hotel lobby in SLC. After your performances were over it was like…..WHAT NOW! You’re the greatest. I’m three years behind you, but will never forget those PRIME days!

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