Neil Diamond

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2011

Inducted by: Paul Simon

Nominated in: 2011

First Eligible: 1989 Ceremony


Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2009 (ranked #271) .


Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Solitary Man (1966)
Cherry, Cherry (1966)
Shilo (1967)
Sweet Caroline (1969)
Crackin' Rose (1970)
You Don't Bring Me Flowers (1978)
America (1980)

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How is Neil Diamond not in the R n R Hall of Fame? Seriously.

Posted by Don on Wednesday, 12.6.06 @ 15:56pm


because he sucks.

Posted by curt on Sunday, 12.10.06 @ 09:24am


To Curt: I'll bet you have ALOT of experience on the subject of sucking then you care to admit. But to blame Neil because your favorite singer{and secret fantasy},Boy George is'nt listed, is just wrong.

Posted by lisa on Thursday, 01.4.07 @ 13:39pm


It is appalling that Neil Diamond is not in the Hall of Fame. A true icon, prodigious songwriter, and spirited performer. He still sells out arenas and recently released a solid album. If the arguement is "he's not rock and roll enough", than why is James Taylor in? Certainly Neil Diamond is mor rock and roll than the moody and pretentious James Taylor.

Posted by Scott on Monday, 01.8.07 @ 12:19pm


I have a feeling that Neil suffers from a stigma from older voters who see his (huge hit making) career as being too MOR; and don't recognize that there was a lot of "roll" in his songs, and sometimes a touch of rock too. Funnily enough, I think he will ultimately get his place in the HoF because of how influential he is; you can see the lyrical roots of his songs in many, many of the indie-ish bands of the last 15 years. It may take another 5-10 years, but eventually, it will happen.

Posted by Bookhouse88 on Saturday, 01.13.07 @ 13:16pm


Neil Diamond should have been inducted into the RRHOF 14 years ago! Paul Schaefer has described Neil as a Rock legend. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this honor. I hope they do it while he's still around to accept this honor.

Posted by Kariann on Monday, 01.15.07 @ 07:17am


If Carole King was inducted, there is no reason why Neil isn't in, even if it is as a song writer. He definitely had an influence on the contruction of rock radio hits.

Posted by JoJoba on Wednesday, 02.7.07 @ 12:48pm


A true superstar. He should have been on of the early entries.

Posted by me2 on Wednesday, 02.14.07 @ 10:04am


I have to believe that time will demonstrate the enduring legacy of both his early writing, to the creative and evolving work of albums like Taproots Manuscript and 12 Songs, to the amazing stay-ing power of his live shows. Though they make fun of his clothes, Neil Diamond is a bonafide rock and roll artist! It is shameful he has been ignored over 16 years of eligibility! Ignoring artists like Diamond undercuts the credibility of the Hall. Time to right the wronged!

Posted by Mike on Monday, 03.12.07 @ 22:59pm


If Elvis, Dylan and Lennon are the Ruth, Cobb and Gehrig of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, then Neil Diamond would be its Stan Musial -- a solid, long-running career with many peaks, and relatively soft valleys. The only argument against putting Diamond in the Rock Hall is that by doing so, he would raise the standards of excellence so high that few others could get in.

Posted by Dave on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 06:46am


Neil has been one of my favorites for 37 years and i can't believe that he has not been considered when you have others that are newer to the scene making it. Hope you rethink his greatness.

Posted by Irene on Tuesday, 03.27.07 @ 13:48pm


Lets review ....-- The Ramones and Grandmaster Flash even Bonnie Raitt are IN the hall. And Yes,Rush,Chicago and Neil Diamond are not.
Sorry I just thought I read it wrong.

Posted by anthony rubbo on Friday, 04.6.07 @ 20:13pm


Neil Diamond is an american musical icon and the fact that he has not been inducted since he became eligible in 1991 explains why business at the hall has been in steady decline during the last 10 years. The guy began writing in New York's Brill building and has become it's most successful offspring. One can debate that his later music was more pop and/or MOR but there's no doubt that many of his 60's (and early 70's) hits was rock related. There aren't many artists in the industry with more gold and/or platinum hits and he is still regarded as one of the biggest concert draws in the world.
The name should be changed to Rock & Roll Hall of Shame.

Posted by ROB on Thursday, 04.26.07 @ 03:11am


neil should be in the hall of fame,he is the feel of neil,hes a automatic inductee.......

Posted by richard k on Tuesday, 06.5.07 @ 10:37am


this must be fixed if the neil is not in the hall.......

Posted by richard k on Tuesday, 06.5.07 @ 10:39am


I have long been convinced that someone in the music industry who wields enormous power and influence and has his hands on BIG money has put some kind of word out on the R & R street that this guy will NEVER get in. I don't have any idea who this might be, but it is the only explanation I can come up with why one of the great songwriters and great performers of the last three and a half decades plus is not enshrined in my home town. Now this year, we have Leonard Cohen on the list of nominees? Go ahead and explain that one to me.

Posted by Northcoastgranny on Wednesday, 10.10.07 @ 14:40pm


Neil Diamond is truly one of rock's pioneers and continues to pave the way for new acts and even older acts looking to reinvent themselves and their careers. The threads of Neil's musical tapestry and its influence on the music industry are as vibrant and dazzling as the glass beads that glimmer in the stage lights of his high-energy concerts; concerts that sell out and continue to break house records 40+ years after his first rock hits, Solitary Man and Cherry, Cherry. By the time I discovered Neil's musical story, his career was already fifteen years old and tracked with some of the most rock-influenced songs ever written. Since my exposure at 11 to Neil Diamond there has been no doubt what a sparkling gem the music world has in this Coney Island native, and what an amazing ride these last 26 years have been for me. I own EVERY one of Neil Diamond's albums on CD that have been released in that format, seen 45 concerts since 1983, and was even sent a very touching card on Neil Diamond's personal stationery expressing his sadness on the news of my father's passing. Neil Diamond's legacy in music will be as big as his heart and his ability to find even the smallest pin prick of hope in the human condition. These very fibers of Neil Diamond's existence are part of what drives his songwriting talent. It is his love for his audience that continues to influence his own uinique style in songwriting. DELIRIOUS LOVE, from his 12 Songs album, takes the listener back to his Cherry, Cherry days and reinvents that which has made him such a popular icon in rock and roll music. His image as a Vegas lounge act is a stereotype by critics who accuse his songs of being too mellow while they accuse his wardrobe onstage to be a bit too over the top. Neil Diamond belongs in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. To continue omitting Neil Diamond is like taking the central column holding the building above Lake Erie, and removing it completely hoping it will stand on the merits of the rockers already inducted. Neil Diamond MUST be allowed to be inducted. If anyone in rock and roll has influenced the generations, it is definately NEIL DIAMOND: both in the minds and hearts in his fans, but also in the creativity of Neil Diamond's contemporaries. Please induct him soon. Ther eis one fan who would really appreciate it.

Sincerely,

Tom Tagliente, 37
Tampa, FL

Posted by Tom Tagliente on Tuesday, 10.30.07 @ 21:34pm


Well said - my wife "dragged" me to see him a year or two ago. He was very good and his voice is still great after all these years. He definitely deserves induction - a true icon of rock and pop music.

Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 10.31.07 @ 03:34am


Unfortunately rock and roll is a posers medium and Neil Diamond has never worn the pretentious and adolescent costume of a rock star. He's way too cool for rock and roll anyway. 12 songs was a fuckin masterpiece. At least Rick Rubin recognizes genius.

Posted by ryan on Wednesday, 10.31.07 @ 03:52am


Neil deserves to be in the R&R Fall of Fame. How may other artists from the sixties are still rockin, packing concert halls, and writing, rocording and selling albums. While he has covered many musical styles over his career, Neil is primarily a rock artist. Sweet Caroline is rock. Holly Holy, Cherry Cherry, I'm a Believer, America, Primitive, Love on the Rocks - they are all examples of great contributions to modern rock. Neil just does not hang out with the clicks, is not politically correct, and sings positive songs, not shock negative songs. But Neil is not only a geat rock singer, he is one of the greatest rock performers of our time and his concerts continue to sellout multiple dates around the world, and he has written the songs that have made him popular. May artists have covered Diamond, including Elvis (the king of rock) UB 40, Sinatra, Deep Purple (a hard rock band), U2, and Sweet Caroline always rocks the crowd during the 7th inning stretch at a Red Socks home game. Any one that does not think Neil rocks is either biased or tone deaf. Listen to Holly Holy live, or Crunchy Granola Sweet, or Brother Love. Neil is in a category by himself, but he does not belong lumped with Barry Manilow (image Barry singing any of the above songs?), or other pop artists. Neil is a rock artist. Even ask Rick Ruben and Robby Robinson (The Band), two rock producers who produced Neil's great 12 Songs and Beautiful Noise albums. Dylan (who is more folk than rock) is in the RR Hall of Fame, and he has covered Sweet Caroline and is friends with Neil. So come on guys, get your act together and vote Neil Diamond in to the RRHOF.

Posted by Eric on Friday, 11.2.07 @ 18:03pm


lISTEN TO Dry Your Eyes, Holly Holy, Solitary Man, Cherry Cherry, Im a believer, Thank the Lord for the Nightime, Crunchy Granola, Sweet Caroline, Play Me, America, and about 20 more and tell me this man's roots r not associated with rock n roll, I would challenge anyone to go through time and not be faced with recognizing diamonds rock presence. His music to me will always live in the 60's and 70's. I still remember listening to daimond and dylan 8 tracks and thinking as a kid who played ND's Hot August Night and dylans stuff that I thought especially with Diamonds Holly Holy live deal that he rocked and dylan was boring. Today I chuckle as I think about it,I really grew to like dylan, but to me his equal is diamond of that time.

The music rocked, the words were strong the voice and band was good together....

A SF Chronicle writer said after diamond played at the last waltz in SF with a all star cast of RR ers. That he " understood diamonds power in person, his voice is strong and powerful, the band was good behind him, but diamond didn't need the competition" This writer got it.

It is a shame to date, that he is not in. It sucks, I am 38 male, a football coach and a lover of neil young, springsteen, dylan and no doubt ND

Jon

Posted by Jon Bonawitz on Monday, 11.5.07 @ 23:43pm


Of course Neil Diamond should be in the RRHoF. No question. But Diamond did himself a huge disservice in the late 70s, 80s and 90s by becoming way too Vegas. Diamond was a GREAT songwriter and a GREAT performer in the late 60s and early 70s and so deserves to be inducted but I do not honestly think he will ever be inducted in his lifetime. Posthumously perhaps.

Posted by dave on Wednesday, 12.5.07 @ 00:30am


Neil Should be there, an icon, I think the problem is Neil never bought into that 'Hollywood Elities' attitude, he always 'marched to his own drummer', the enterainment business resents that, I really believe Neil couldn't care less about the RRHOF, and you know what in a way I hope he never becomes a member.

Posted by Rich on Saturday, 12.8.07 @ 07:46am


I will never go to the RRHOF until Neil is in.

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 12.19.07 @ 20:25pm


Why do people keep calling Neil Diamond a "Vegas Springsteen?" "Hot August Night" his iconic live album from 1972, came out before Springsteen released any studio albums. Neil Diamond's reputation as a live performer grew because of "Hot August Night." Springsteen didn't even put an official live album until 1986. Most of Neil's live work was released four or five months after it was recorded. The most recent live album from Springsteen "Hammersmith Odeon 75" took THIRTY YEARS to be released. Many of the songs on "Hot August Night" formed the core of Diamond's live shows. Back in 1992 Diamond's Northern California ticket sales completely massacred Springsteen's. He sold out the Arco Arena in Sacramento three nights and sold out the Oakland Coliseum four nights. And I was there for the first night of his Coliseum run. Springsteen played the Arco Arena only one night, after which he complained of a sore throat and had to postpone his two shows at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View (Diamond and Springsteen played within a week of each other, but their concerts did not go on sale within a week of each other. Diamond's went on sale June 8, 1992 whereas Springsteen's didn't even go on sale until August 23, which by that time Diamond had a clean sweep of Northern California) If there is ever a song that could give a person a sore throat, it's "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" one of the most underrated live songs EVER. He closes every show with that song as if his life depended on it. Springsteen usually closes his shows with a pensive ballad. Give me a break!!! Why would Springsteen close his shows with something anticlimactic? The song Springsteen usually closes with is "If I Should Fall Behind" Well Springsteen DID FALL BEHIND in ticket sales. People were flocking to see Brother Love himself. so he should get credit in the RRHoF

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 01.30.08 @ 03:34am


Aaron, there are a number of ways you can make a HOF case for Neil Diamond, but this head-to-head "competition" over concert ticket sales (for one set of shows, no less) with Springsteen is really..just..... there's no other way to put it -- stupid. Arbitrary and irrelevant for HOF evaluation. I guess that was 2 more ways of putting it.

And taking issue with what song Springsteen chooses to close a show with versus Diamond's choice is even more aimless and strange.

Posted by Blue on Wednesday, 01.30.08 @ 08:32am


Did you know that Neil Diamond was responsible for booking Elton John's first Stateside gigs at the Troubadour.in Hollywood back in 1970? If Neil hadn't done that, how do you think Elton's musical career would have survived? (Neil recorded his first live album "Gold" at The Troubadour a month earlier)

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 01.30.08 @ 17:36pm


Blue, I think you may have read me wrong. People were buying Diamond tickets as if Springsteen didn't even exist. It wasn't a competition. It was in Springspeak a "freeze-out" (Did you know that the working title for Dylan's "Visions Of Johanna" was "Seems Like A Freeze-Out" so Springsteen was not the first to consider using the word.) I think I started singing "BLTSS" when I was seven. When I first heard that song, I knew ND was a force not to be underestimated.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 01.30.08 @ 18:15pm


Well Aaron, I must be reading something wrong - or maybe not - as far as I am able to follow your train of logic, it seems as if you might be saying that Diamond earned Rock HOF cred because he once beat up Springsteen very badly in a 1992 California ticket sales comparison? Is this it?

Or was it that Neil belongs in the Hall because Springsteen closes his shows with a mellow, somber tune? Yea, that makes perfect sense.

Posted by Blue on Thursday, 01.31.08 @ 00:13am


If you listen closely to Springsteen's "Light Of Day" or the Romantics' "What I Like About You" they come from the same source. Neil Diamond's "Cherry, Cherry. Even John Cafferty And The Beaver Brown Band's hit "On The Dark Side" borrows the chord sequence from "Cherry, Cherry." Also Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers) played guitar on Neil's recent "12 Songs

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 01.31.08 @ 00:39am


I think Diamond is viewed, for the most part, as a lightweight act. "Sweet Caroline" may be a classic and he may have some other well-known songs, but, again, probably viewed as a lightweight act.

Posted by JR on Thursday, 01.31.08 @ 00:56am


You forgot John Mellencamp's "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." too.
Citing Eddie & the Cruisers was a nice mistake, Aaron; you might as well have also pointed out The Banana Split's theme song, "Tra-la-la---tra-la-laaaaa-la" while you were at it.

Diamond also wrote the Monkees' hit "I'm a Believer".

I can swallow Neil Diamond in the HOF..... but the quality of your reasoning is a bit hollow. No one heard it at all...... not even the chair.

Posted by Blue on Thursday, 01.31.08 @ 08:19am


Blue, The Banana Splits does not sound like "Cherry, Cherry" Did you know Bob Marley borrowed the melody of the Splits theme for his song "Buffalo Soldier" but instead of saying "tra-la-la" he says "Yo-yo-yo, yo-yo-yo-yo" (Buffalo Soldier and Banana Splits have the same initials)

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 01.31.08 @ 12:00pm


Both Neil Diamond and Van Morrison were signed to the Bang! record label owned by Bert Berns and both gained more artistic control after leaving Bang!. One of the most elaborate pieces Neil wrote was "The African Trilogy" which takes up Side 2 of "Tap Root Manuscript"(or tracks 7-12 on the CD) It predated Paul Simon's exploration of African music on "Graceland" by 16 years. Neil could not have done such a complex work under the restrictions of Bang!, neither could Van have created "Astral Weeks" Berns and the people at Bang! wanted pop hits (Cherry, Cherry" and "Brown Eyed Girl" respectively) but both Neil and Van wanted to break free from the formulaic pop song and get more introspective. On Neil's first album at the beginning of "Hanky Panky" he announced "I don't want to do this song, I don't care who wrote it(Hanky Panky was written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, his producers at the time). When he moved to Uni/MCA he chose cover songs he wanted to do. Songs by Joni Mitchell ("Both Sides Now" and "Chelsea Morning," Leonard Cohen ('Suzanne"), Randy Newman ("I Think It's Gonna Rain Today" and Tom Paxton "The Last Thing On My Mind" (Newman said he liked Neil's version better than his own) Neil's own compositions became more autobiographical under his Uni/MCA much like Van Morrison's under WB.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 01.31.08 @ 23:06pm


Did you know Neil Diamond appeared on the cover of "Rolling Stone" two years before Springsteen would? He DID!! And the issue was dated September 23, 1976. SPRiNGSTEEN'S 27TH BIRTHDAY

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 02.2.08 @ 02:07am


Neil Diamond was truly a magician of notes & words, usngs his all to make so very many of us feel a multitude of emotions to fit every moment and occasion in our lifetine. This is from some one who was raised to love and appreciate ALL music; Nat King Cole, Hendrix, Sting, Carole King, Bruce Springsteen ( BLUE--DID YOU KNOW HE APPEARED ON SOAPOPERA'S WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER??).I
have seen(& met some of)these fine folk. THEY ALL
listened to/learned from NEIL;I think AGREE---HOF

Posted by Ahlliza on Wednesday, 03.19.08 @ 20:08pm


"Vegas people don't get put in MY hall!!"

Wenner's rule

Posted by Arrow Man on Thursday, 03.20.08 @ 01:07am


Nominating Committee member Robert Hilburn said of the show that was captured for posterity on "Hot August Night": "More of a triumph, in every measurable way, than his stunning show last summer at the Greek.... Most of all, Diamond gave of himself." I don't know if the Springsteen show RH would review six years later was captured fot posterity.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 03.20.08 @ 21:20pm


What do the songs "Solitary Man" and "Blinded By The Light" have in common? They're the FIRST songs on their respective artists' FIRST albums. What don't they have in common? Well, "Solitary Man" appeared on a live album four years after the original studio version (Neil Diamond Gold, 1970) whereas "Blinded By The Light" didn't have a live version by Springsteen until 2007, THIRTY-FOUR YEARS after its initial studio release. Manfred Mann's Earth Band has performed "Blinded" in concert more often than Springsteen himself. "Solitary Man" has come in and out of the ND setlist, but it's a lot rarer for Springsteen to include "Blinded" in his setlist. Did you know that Springsteen's had to beg him to do "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" by bringing banners or flags? Yes. But no one had to beg Neil Diamond to perform "Brother Love" by bringing banners of flags. He just DID IT!!!!!!

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 03.21.08 @ 19:02pm


Remember that comment I made about Diamond massacreing Springsteen in ticket sales back in '92? I Well I actually believe Springsteen massacred himself by firing the E Street Band. Diamond beat the Boss again in 1996. Springsteen didn't wake up and smell the coffee until the end of the 90's in 1999 when he reunited the E Street Band. Springsteen outsold and outplayed Diamond that year, but Diamond would beat Spring again in 2005 and is poised to beat Springsteen again this year by selling out tickets FIVE MONTHS IN ADVANCE. (Diamond's shows for September 26 at the Arco Arena and September 28 at HP Pavilion go on sale April 28. Springsteen could only sell out tickets THREE months in advance)
EVERYONE GOES! EVERYONE KNOWS BROTHER LOVE'S SHOW!!!!!

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 04.19.08 @ 23:49pm


Of course Diamond should be in the RRHOF but, at this stage, with the credibility of the Hall shot, who cares? Arrow Man's 'Vegas' reference displays a total lack of knowledge of Diamond's career. Diamond is a major touring act and does not 'do' the Vegas stand scene. Aaron, with all due respect, you do nothing to advance your case for Diamond by showing disrespect to another great writer and performer, Springsteen.

Posted by Michael on Monday, 05.5.08 @ 18:08pm


all of this talk of who did what, who's better than how is BESIDE the point. In terms of body of work, influence on the medium, #of hits, Songs covered by MEMBERS OF THE HALL OF FAME, hits written for MEMBERS OF THE HALL OF FAME - continued viability nearly 40 years down the road - all make it a sick JOKE that Diamond isn't in the Hall.

Solitary Man, Cherry Cherry, You Got to Me. Girl You'll Be a Woman Soon, Thank the Lord For the Nighttime. Kentucky Woman, Shilo. Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show.

THEN came Sweet Caroline. Holly Holy. Sooliaman. I Am I Said. I'm A Believer. Stones. Song Sung Blue. Play Me. Be. Longfellow Serenade. If You Know What I Mean. Beautiful Noise. Desiree. Forever In Blue Jeans...

Again, how can he NOT?

Posted by Craig Green on Wednesday, 05.7.08 @ 16:41pm


they better be planning a freaking wing for this guy...

Posted by p on Sunday, 05.11.08 @ 08:28am


Saw Neil's interview this morning on "Sunday Morning" He wants the Hall of Fame. The interviewer stated that he was "snubbed" by the Hall. He certainly was and he knows it. Another artist snubbed by the HoF is Tom Jones. They have both been around since the 60's and are the same age and are still packing 'em in at concerts around the world. What kind of award is this anyway, when two people have given their lives to their fans and entertained them for 43 years and are still going strong.

Posted by Anita on Sunday, 05.11.08 @ 16:12pm


It's ridiculous that Madonna is in there and he isn't. He should have been there a long time ago. He's a legend and deserves to be there!

Posted by Keith on Tuesday, 05.20.08 @ 17:39pm


Madonna is in, so either that means we let everyone in, or it shows how dumb the selection process is.

Hall and Oates, Neil Diamond should be in.

In fact I was shocked to see Neil Diamond is NOT in..! I assumed he was.

WAKE UP PEOPLE!

Posted by Geo on Sunday, 06.22.08 @ 09:41am


"Madonna is in, so either that means we let everyone in, or it shows how dumb the selection process is." - Geo

Or, we only let people in that actually influenced other performers. People like Madonna, for instance.

"In fact I was shocked to see Neil Diamond is NOT in..! I assumed he was."
When was Neil Diamond ever considered rock 'n roll? (the attitude, not the genre). His music is too much associated with housewives, bulging chesthair and slick duets with Barbra Streisand. Off course, that's not all there is to Neil, but that's what most of the rock community saw and remember.

But there's hope for you Diamond fans out there! His recent collaboration with Rick Rubin could cause a re-evalutation of his earlier work, and give him the recognition he needs to get in.

Posted by The_Claw on Sunday, 06.22.08 @ 11:05am


Since I'm fairly new to this site, out of curiosity I went to Madonna's page and there certainly have been numerous (not to mention "heated") posts about her. My opinion is that she's actually more famous for what she does in front of a camera than behind a microphone, unless of course she is making one of her off-the-wall comments. By saying she changes with the times could also be interpreted as she goes "where the money is". Rock & Roll? No more so than Donna Summer, who I would personally listen to any day over Madonna and was pretty much the original dance music queen. She had a string of hits a mile long, and a song she recorded even won an Academy Award in 1978 for best original song, yet she's not in the HOF.

Madonna has been more of a follower than an innovator, had a long line of great producers, and without MTV I'm not sure how popular she really would've been. She did (allegedly) write a lot of her own material, and until proven otherwise I'll give her credit for that. Her induction was one of popularity, and not so much merit.

But this is just one man's (woman's, Cousin Itt's, etc...), opinion.

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 06.22.08 @ 11:35am


And here I was thinking that this was a discussion on whether Neil Diamond should be in the RRHOF! Silly me. Gitarzan obviously knows that it is really a discussion about Madonna. Having made that, admittedly, infantile point I would just like to say that I agree 100% with what Gitarzan has to say about Madge. As for Neil Diamond (remember him, he was the guy we all started talking about)he transcends the parochialism that typifies the RRHOF. He is a two-time inductee in the Songwriters Hall which is a far more relevant honour.

Posted by Michael on Tuesday, 06.24.08 @ 11:15am


These pages seem to bleed into each other a lot, but I should've made my comment while I was gawking at Madonna's...oh, well!! I think Neil Diamond definitely meets the criteria...great performer, great songwriter, string of hits a mile long, influential (which if you think long enough, you'll realize which artists he's influenced). At this point, it's really anyone's guess as to why he's not in.

If he were inducted, I certainly wouldn't object.

Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 06.24.08 @ 18:51pm


I was looking at the setlists for Diamond's shows in Rotterdam and Munich on his current tour, and BROTHER LOVE'S TRAVELLING SALVATION SHOW is spelled with all caps. A couple of minutes earlier I looked at Springsteen's setlists and I found no song spelled out in all caps. Do Springsteen fans have a hard time singling out one particular song that brings the house down? Diamond fans don't!

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 07.5.08 @ 21:50pm


For Hot August Night alone he should be in there. His concert at Hampden Park (Glasgow) and then his show at Glastonbury which I saw on the BBC were teriffic. the so called "Rock and roll" experts have some sort of musical snobbery - well they can take a hike as far as I'm concerned. the longer ND is out of this hall of fame the less credibility it has. Leonard Cohen - you've got to be kidding???

Neil had no1 album in US and UK this year - speaks volumes to his popularity as a songwriter and performer. Hall of Fame hang your head in shame.

Posted by chris Stephenson on Sunday, 07.6.08 @ 08:11am


"Leonard Cohen - you've got to be kidding???"

Not at all. He's streaks ahead of that talentless loser Neil Diamond.

Posted by Liam on Sunday, 07.6.08 @ 13:54pm


In an earlier post I mentioned that Neil Diamond recorded Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne."

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 07.6.08 @ 15:01pm


I have never understood the need to denigrate another artist in order to support one's own favourite. I am referring directly to the ill-advised contribution of Chris Stephenson above and to the particularly witless contribution of Liam. Leonard Cohen is, in my humble opinion, a genius. Whether that opinion has any validity has nothing whatsoever to do with Neil Diamond's talent or ability. I have written above that the RRHOF is discredited in my view and Diamond, though thoroughly deserving of inclusion, is better off not being voted in.

Posted by Michael on Wednesday, 07.9.08 @ 17:35pm


I'm not even much of a Cohen fan, to be perfectly honest. His debut is superb, though.

Posted by Liam on Thursday, 07.10.08 @ 10:20am


Maybe Little Steven should induct Richard Bennett as a sideman, because Richard's role in Neil Diamond's band is similar to Steve's in the E Street Band. The best examples of Richard's string work are the iconic guitar line of "Crunchy Granola Suite", the steel guitar workout on "You'te So Sweet" the mandolin solo on "Shilo" (which may have inspired Steve to play mandolin on "Glory Days") and the fiery guitar solo at the end of Brother Love" (all from "Hot August Night") Also another song that Richard played on was by Emmylou Harris and is the opening music fot an episode of "The Sopranos" Richard is currently on tour with Mark Knopfler. (He joined forces with after the demise of Dire Straits)

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 07.12.08 @ 18:01pm


"Hot August Night" was the #1 album in Australia for 29 weeks, making it the #1 album in Australia fot the entire decade of the '70's. The only album to surpass this record was "Brothers in Arms" by Dire Straits (34 weeks). As I said in an earlier post, Richard Bennett has been working with Mark Knopfler since the demise of Dire Straits in 1995. It's interesting that Richard's current boss beat his former boss for having the album that spent the longest time at #1 in Oz.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 07.16.08 @ 15:46pm


This cannot continue. How can Neil Diamond be ignored? He is a living, performing icon. A 60's star who kept going and giving and rocking!!!!

Posted by Sandy on Tuesday, 07.22.08 @ 10:53am


Bruce Springsteen once said of Elvis Presley, "If you watched Elvis and didn't want to be like Elvis , there was something wrong with you." When I first heard Neil Diamond's "Hot August Night" particularly "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" I thought to myself, "If you heard Brother Love and didn't want to be Brother Love, there was something wrong with you

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 07.29.08 @ 17:17pm


Did you know Neil Diamond included a cover version of Gary U.S. Bonds' "New Orleans" on his first album, "The Feel Of Neil Diamond" It was an early concert closer pre-"Brother Love" and many years before Springsteen performed "Quarter to Three" in his live act.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Monday, 08.4.08 @ 10:27am


I just read the RRHOF is opening an annex in New York. Neil Diamond was part of the Brill Building movement that included such songwriting teams as Barry/Greenwich (who produced his debut album), Goffin/King, Mann/Weil, Bacharach/David, and Sedaka/Greenfield. Neil's 1976 album "Beautiful Noise" was a concept album about his struggles as a songwriter at the Brill Building. If the RRHOF is opening an annex in New York, maybe they should recognize more New York heroes like Diamond, Sedaka, and Janis Ian

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 08.13.08 @ 13:53pm


Did you know early in his career, Neil Diamond was backed by Frank Zappa and the Mothers Of Invention on live dates at San Francisoo's Cow Palace in 1966-67.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 08.15.08 @ 09:33am


Whatever you think of him, especially today, this is truly sad and sick--Neil Diamond is one of the true giants of music, as a songwriter and performer. And he has even tried some things recently that are a stretch and have been very interesting to listen to. I can't take the HOF very seriously without this legend in there.

Posted by Tim O on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 14:40pm


Y'know, I wouldn't be surprised to see Neil get in sometime around 2012. 12 Songs really boosted his credibility curve among the people that make those kind of decisions, not to mention the younger audience.

Back in 2005, I actually heard the song "Delirious Love" played on "alternative" station CD101 in Columbus, OH, right there with bands like Death Cab For Cutie, NIN and Flaming Lips.

So there is hope. If Neil continues his current trend of getting back to his roots and away from all the Vegas style excess that hurt him in the '80s, he will continue regaining the kind of respect that gets people into the hall.

But Neil will continue to do whatever he wants to do, as he always has. He has never cared about industry politics nor have most of his fans.

I have noticed that fewer people make fun of him now than back in the '70s and '80s when he and ABBA were the only artists I listened to that weren't on AOR radio.

Posted by Mike on Wednesday, 10.1.08 @ 14:33pm



Yes To Neil

Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 10.1.08 @ 14:53pm


I just read somewhere that Robbie Robertson is on the nominating committee.

I know he respects Neil and wouldn't be surprised if he isn't in fact the one who has nominated him before.

I don't know how much actual clout Robertson has with the committee as whole, but if he got his own Band in......

Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 10.7.08 @ 17:18pm


The members of the RRHOF must be idiots if they haven't yet to see fit to vote Neil in as an inductee. Is there some sort of letter writing campaign that we can do to change their moronic and elitist views?

Posted by rkc on Sunday, 10.19.08 @ 03:44am


He's still a major concert draw after 40 years in the business and has been covered by everyone from UB40 to the Monkees.

Posted by Bruce Helmick on Tuesday, 10.21.08 @ 22:02pm


I was shocked to find out he wasn't there already! We JUST saw him for the second time in concert (1983 & 2008) and he is an amazing talent... singer and songwriter!

What a joke... They need to get with the program and beg Neil to accept induction into the RRHOF... or they will become even more irrelevant than they already are.

Posted by CaEdge on Wednesday, 10.22.08 @ 01:32am


I believe Mr. Diamond should have been put in years ago. Perhaps some people don't like him because he never was a hippie? He's a clean man, doesn't use drugs, does he? He has so many wonderful songs, real rock & roll songs. There is no artist more deserving than Neil Diamond.

Posted by Cokey on Friday, 10.24.08 @ 09:06am


It's ridiculous that he's not in there. Madonna? please! He's been belting out his own brand of music for 40 years, nevermind 20! He has to be inducted, otherwise the whole hall of fame is a joke

Posted by Keithmeister on Tuesday, 10.28.08 @ 15:42pm


It's a total joke that Neil Diamond is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

There are so many artists there that don't belong and then Diamond, one of the largest and most popular artists of all time, isn't in the Hall. It makes no sense and it makes a joke out of the selection procedure. I guess Jann Wenner really does hate Diamond!

Posted by Arthur on Tuesday, 11.4.08 @ 22:50pm


It's a total joke that Neil Diamond is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

There are so many artists there that don't belong and then Diamond, one of the largest and most popular artists of all time, isn't in the Hall. It makes no sense and it makes a joke out of the selection procedure. I guess Jann Wenner really does hate Diamond!

Posted by Arthur on Tuesday, 11.4.08 @ 22:50pm


It is appalling that when I see the names of the inductees to the hall of fame that Neil Diamond was not one of the firsts. Apparently because Neil is so talented as a writer of many different genres in music this fact is being used agains him. No one has come close to his accomplishments as both a songwriter and performer. Having just seen his 2008 tour I can say that he's sounding better than ever and still writing wonderful material. Let's get this travesty taken care of ASAP!

Posted by Suellen Schellenbach on Sunday, 11.9.08 @ 20:22pm


Which is better? Having an arena and hotel room to yourself for x number of days or having a hospital room to yourself for x number of days? Well, when Neil Diamond came to Northern California in 1992, he had The ARCO Arena to himself for 3 nights and the Oakland Coliseum to himself for 4 nights and whatever hotels were close by. When Bruce Springsteen came a week later he ended up having emergency throat surgery and spending a longer time in the hospital than he would spend on any stage or in any hotel room

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 12.12.08 @ 09:08am


Neil Diamond is a true diamond of rock music. His cut and clarity is good, and his weight is many carats. This anology I am using seems very appropriate. By it I mean, he has skill and writes good songs, and he's had a long successful career. Neil Diamond not being in the R&RHOF is like a diamond not being in an engagement ring.

Posted by Cokey on Monday, 01.5.09 @ 20:50pm


What kind of donkey votes No on Neil Diamond? And why?

Posted by Worm on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 09:57am


The RARHOF is "click" oriented like so many of these organizations.It really doesn't matter what they think or "who" their friends are that get into the click (Madonna?? what a joke!)....it's what the public really thinks that counts!! NEIL DIAMOND is a god and his proven loyal fans put him in his own ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF GODS!! Maybe we ought to start our own organization that is voted on by real people! ND would be the 1st and top of the GOD LIST. The RARHOF is lame. I just came to see this site cause someone told me to check out the absurdness.

Posted by Dottie B on Thursday, 01.29.09 @ 09:46am


Settle down Dottie. You are right the Hall people are a clique-ish group, but what group isn't? It's basically a country club of rock aficionados. And if you don't know, it is by now a standing joke that Mr. Diamond has been so far strangely excluded. At some point the nominators will have to cop to this embarassment of theirs and give ole Neil the honor rightfully due him.

Posted by Worm on Thursday, 01.29.09 @ 16:22pm


Some critics have long dismissed Neil Diamond as "the Springsteen for sissies" Well, from 1992 on Bruce Springsteen has become the poster child for sissies more than Diamond has. The last time I saw ND live was in October 1992 at the Oakland Coliseum. This show went on aale June 8, 1992 along with three other shows, two at the ARCO Arena and one more at the Coliseum. Springsteen may have played Northern California the following week but didn't get off his a** until August 23, 1992. Eleven weeks makes all the difference in having the top-grossing ticket. Also, Springsteen after just one show at the ARCO Arena complained of a sore throat and had to go to the hospital for emergency throat surgery, and this happened the day after Diamond finished his four-night stand at the Coliseum. And the song he closes all his shows with is "Brother Love's Travelling Salvaton Show" and to me "Brother Love" is not a song for sissies. The first time I sang "Brother Love" it hurt my throat but not so much to need surgery. Neil Diamond may have complained of a sore throat last year but it wasn't severe enough to require surgery.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 02.4.09 @ 04:25am


On Friday (Feb. 6) there was a big gala honoring Neil Diamond receiving the MusiCares Person of the Year Award. Artists such as Chris Cornell, Adele, Tim McGraw, the Foo Fighters, and Jennifer Hudson all covered ND songs. This is one honor Bruce Springsteen hasn't received yet. Another example of Brother Love before the Boss.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 02.8.09 @ 06:46am


Aaron, would it be too much to ask that you let go of your obsession with running Bruce Springsteen down? Neil Diamond's career does not need to be defined be comparing it and contrasting it with Springsteen's career. It does a disservice to both artists to take such a myopic and puerile view. I happen to like the work of both artists and view their respective bodies of work as entirely different, one from the other. Your continuing asinine contributions here are becoming irritating in the extreme.

I have said before that the RRHOF is redundant and Diamond's absence from it says more about its lack of relevance than his contribution to music over a long and varied career.

Posted by Michael on Sunday, 02.22.09 @ 15:50pm


It is impossible for me to fathom that Neil Diamond has not been inducted into the Hall of Fame. It is the most ridiculous example of just how flawed their selection process is. It's not worth the time or energy to document WHY he should be an inductee. If the "powers-that-be" don't get it, the entire concept of their Hall of Fame is shameful.

Posted by Vince on Sunday, 03.15.09 @ 21:51pm


NEIL DIAMOND should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He's a great songwriter(listen to the words as well as the tune), a great performer, and quietly goes about supporting his charities without a lot of fanfare, making it more sincere. He also loves his fans and appreciates them. Remember Columbus OH concert? It's a big void in the Hall of Fame amid all the awesome displays. It's too bad.

Posted by Sudi on Sunday, 04.5.09 @ 07:16am


Of all the so-called R&RHF omissions, Mr. Diamond must be the biggest. Most people don't know he grew up in Brooklyn and sang in high school choir with Barbara Streisand. Also the song "Sweet Caroline" was inspired by Neil seeing a picture of young Caroline Kennedy. He once did an anti-drug song called "The Pot Smoker's Song." Some people hate Mr. Diamond because they think he is not hip, but I think he is very hip. He really doesn't worry about people what people think. But he is a real lover of his fans.

Neil Diamond should be front row center in the R&RHF if those people in Cleveland had any sense.

Posted by Cokey on Thursday, 04.9.09 @ 15:16pm


Yes to Neil Diamond. A no-brainer for anyone with knowledge of his contributions.

Posted by Hank on Wednesday, 04.15.09 @ 14:31pm


Yes to Neil Diamond. A no-brainer for anyone with knowledge of his contributions.

Posted by Hank on Wednesday, 04.15.09 @ 14:31pm
He should of been IN years ago

Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 04.15.09 @ 16:10pm


Put the Solitary Man in right now dammit! Loser nominating committee wake up.

Posted by deemand on Tuesday, 06.2.09 @ 09:34am


Did you know Michael Jackson and Neil Diamond had the same costume designer? It was Neil who recommended Bill Whitten to Michael. So how would MJ have been called "The Gloved One" if ti weren't for ND's recommendation of Bill Whitten?

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 06.26.09 @ 18:48pm


Fascinating.... but hardly a serious ground for consideration.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 06.26.09 @ 19:00pm


A sabbatical from touring can either help or hurt an artist. In Neil Diamond's case it helped him, but in Springsteen's case it hurt him. Back in late 1972 after recording the landmark "Hot August Night" and playing 20 nights at the Winter Garden, Diamond announced a sabbatical from touring that lasted 40 months ending in February 1976. During Diamond's sabbatical, "Hot August Night" became the biggest selling album in Australia in 1973 and 1974, so Diamond's reputation as a live performer grew in that country so much that when Diamond broke the sabbatical he played his first ever concerts in Oz. Springsteen's sabbatical is a different story. When Springsteen took a his sabbatical from January 1989 tp June 1992, many people got a breather because they got sick of all the media coverage Bruce was getting, which is how "Brother Love" was able to beat the "Boss" in Bay Area ticket sales in 1992. The tickets for four Diamond shows went on sale June 8 of that year and he kept adding more shows. Springsteen reemerged too late, he waited until August 23 of that year to sell tickets in the Bay Area and Diamond already had a clean sweep by then.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 07.4.09 @ 15:45pm


Robbie Robertson once said of Neil Diamond in Rolling Stone, "My theory is that there was a musical vacuum out there between Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley and there was this huge audience that said, 'We've got to have something,' and they adopted Neil. And when you go to see him, it's like 'What is going on here?' These people are hypnotized. He can probably sell more seats than Bruce Springsteen, you know. And it's not because it's the hip thing to do; it's because there's an audience there that needs this fix."
On June 8, 1992 the Bay Area proved Robertson's theory correct by snapping up tickets to four Diamond shows scheduled for late September/early October and Springsteen wouldn't even book one show in the Bay Area until August 23, 1992. Springsteen waited until one show sold out before adding a second show, and the second show took 10 days to sell out. It only took one hour for Neil to sell out four shows and he kept adding more. The third show Springsteen added in the Bay Area turned out to be his biggest downfall. It was scheduled for October 6, 1992 at the Arco Arena, the day after Neil finished his Bay Area run. Springsteen ended up having to go to the hospital for emergency throat surgery and had to postpone his two Shoreline shows by thirteen days. Springsteen might be able to prove it all night, but Diamond proved it for four months.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 07.23.09 @ 22:04pm


Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Category: If They Collaborated

If Neil Diamond and Queen were to perform at the Greek in L.A. the performance would be billed as...

What is "A Hot August Night At The Opera"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 07.25.09 @ 21:05pm


I was listening to the "Live/1975-85 version of Springsteen's "The River" on the XM channel "The Loft" and the music played during Bruce's spoken intro sounded like a rip-off of Neil Diamond's "Songs Of Life." I wonder if Nils Lofgren consciously or subconsciously ripped off Richard Bennett's or Doug Rhone's picking patterns.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 07.26.09 @ 00:53am


Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Category: If They Collaborated

If Neil Diamond and Stephen Stills were to do a song together, it would be called...

What is "Crunchy Granola Suite Judy Blue Eyes"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 07.26.09 @ 17:28pm


Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Category: If They Collaborated

If Neil Diamond and Queen ware to play another concert together this one would be billed...

What is "A Night At The Three Chord Opera

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Monday, 07.27.09 @ 06:39am


Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Category: If They Collaborated

If Neil Diamond were to do two albums with the Moody Blues, they would be called...

What are "Headed For Days Of Future Passed" and "In Search of The Lost Three Chord Opera?"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Monday, 07.27.09 @ 06:47am


WOW he is not IN ..???
and the Ventures are LOL



Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 13:29pm


LOL all you want mrxyz, but the Ventures are in, and they were absolutely deserving of the honor. Get off it already.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 13:41pm


LOL all you want mrxyz, but the Ventures are in, and they were absolutely deserving of the honor. Get off it already.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 13:41pm


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ventures the biggest "copy band" in rock history


So I guess they should be in someone had to do it..?

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 13:44pm


Biggest copy band: the Searchers

Or Johnny Rivers if you're looking at solo performers.

Again, Ventures were innovative and influential. And it's never been a requirement that you write your own material. Case in point: Elvis Presley.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 13:47pm


Again, Ventures were innovative and influential. And it's never been a requirement that you write your own material. Case in point: Elvis Presley.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 13:47pm


LOL to me they are BORING... Heck The TV versions of Hawaii 5-0 song are far better than their Version ps they did write it nor ..Walk Don't run .Wipe Out etc etc....

I found their rendions boring accept Walk don't Run 65 They did that right LOL {take 2 }

Any who's Neil Diamond out sells them and sounds better,, 1000 % YES TO NEIL

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 13:55pm


"LOL to me they are BORING... Heck The TV versions of Hawaii 5-0 song are far better than their Version ps they did write it nor ..Walk Don't run .Wipe Out etc etc.... "--mrxyz

Boo-freaking-hoo. I find Jimi Hendrix boring because so much of it is slow and drawn out, but Hendrix deserved his spot, and I'm glad he and his band got it. And the Ventures deserved theirs.

All that aside, yes, Neil Diamond has also earned his spot, and I hope he gets it soon.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 14:01pm


Boo-freaking-hoo. I find Jimi Hendrix boring because so much of it is slow and drawn out, but Hendrix deserved his spot, and I'm glad he and his band got it. And the Ventures deserved theirs.

Are you even trying to,say the Ventures are equal to Hendrix or Neil ??????????!!??? LOL

PS Hawaii Five O by the Ventures was the wrecking crew for the most part.. The Venture couldn't even produce it as good as the TV versions ...with the best players in da BIZ LOL So please.. Neil verses The Ventures is a no brainer unless you are voting in the RRHF lol

yes to ND

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 14:22pm


"Are you even trying to,say the Ventures are equal to Hendrix or Neil ??????????!!??? LOL"-

It depends on who you ask. To many, putting Neil on the same plain as Hendrix is a travesty. And there are those who'd put the Ventures over Neil because they never Streisanded out and went all wimpy love songs on us. And in terms of being a legend, I think the Ventures and Neil are pretty much equal footing, seeing as how Neil's cred suffered because of songs like "You Don't Bring Me Flowers".

"PS Hawaii Five O by the Ventures was the wrecking crew for the most part.. The Venture couldn't even produce it as good as the TV versions ...with the best players in da BIZ LOL So please.. Neil verses The Ventures is a no brainer unless you are voting in the RRHF lol"

Are you high? The version by the Ventures was kick-ass! And who are you to say the TV version was the best? The TV version wasn't bad, but the Ventures brought a richer, fuller sound to it. They had the freedom to do with it as they would, and they made it excellently.

As for Neil vs. the Ventures: Innovation, they're about the same. Influence, sorry, but the Ventures win by about a mile.

Neil Diamond belongs in the Hall of Fame, but that's because for his own merits, not because the Ventures are in, and therefore so should he.

Seriously, half the time, you talk sense, and then there're times like these. I don't what Hatorade you keep guzzling that keeps you oblivious to the sheer fact that the Ventures were incredibly influential, and absolutely indispensible in the mobilizing of the surf-rock genre, but history has been the judge. History has favored the Ventures. And so did the R&RHoF.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 16:01pm


Are you high? The version by the Ventures was kick-ass! And who are you to say the TV version was the best? The TV version wasn't bad, but the Ventures brought a richer, fuller sound to it. They had the freedom to do with it as they would, and they made it excellently.

As for Neil vs. the Ventures: Innovation, they're about the same. Influence, sorry, but the Ventures win by about a mile.

What innovation did the Ventures do other than do poor covers lol ?? PS I am glad you like Hal and his crew.... on Five -0 To bad the Ventures didn't play on it LOL The players are great the arragment is so so....
Neil has Talent the Ventures have hype {SO IT SEEMS} I would take Dick Dale ,FireBalls, Sandy Nelson, Link Wray or the Surfaris over the Ventures ..... NEIL by a long shot..

YES TO ND



YES TO ND..

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 16:12pm


Have you got actual proof the Ventures didn't play on it? I'm calling shenanigans. And even if they didn't, that was one of their last in a long string of great renditions of songs. BOTH versions of "Walk - Don't Run" are terrific. "Perifidia", "Lullaby Of The Leaves," "Diamondhead"... all great songs when performed by the Ventures. Their covers are far from poor from a technical standpoint, and your assertion that they are is just baseless.

And don't be confusing Influence for Hype. When a band like CCR cites you as a major influence, that is not hype. When your records taught a lot of young boys to play guitar, that's not hype.

And btw, there's no rule that says you can't have Dick Dale, the Fireballs, Sandy Nelson, Link Wray, the Surfaris, AND the Ventures. But it's also your opinion. Of those you mention, the only ones who were as or more influential over the long run were Dale and Wray.

Yes to Neil Diamond... I think we agree on that.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 16:22pm


Have you got actual proof the Ventures didn't play on it? I'm calling shenanigans

Yeah go Google Hawaii Five 0 /Hal Blaine .. I also know from personal info from other musicain that were at the recording...
As far as Dick goes Wray, Surfaris Fireballs,Dwain ,Nelson, Champs and a few others were on top or before the curve ..Even the Ventures were on top of it over Dick .. Sorry look at the music time lines and hit charts etc.. Facts are Facts and hype is hype..
I like Dick just don't like the over hype ....
YES to ND



Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 16:46pm


"Yeah go Google Hawaii Five 0 /Hal Blaine"--mrxyz

And thus died the concept of "Burden Of Proof"

Dick and Ventures were around in '59... that's also the time that Nelson broke through (who wasn't surf)... Champs weren't really surf music, at least not at the time of their heyday, and I suspect the success of their big hit was because of its title and subsequent subject matter (so to speak).
But you're also confusing having hits with being ahead of the curve. The two are not the same. Perry Como was still having #1 hits in the late '50s, after rock'n'roll broke through, but he was no longer on top or before the curve. The two are not synonymous.

And Dick and the Ventures were before the Surfaris, the Astronauts, the Pyramids, the Tornados, CCR (not surf, but influenced by the Ventures). There's your timeline right there. You're trying to mix non-germane facts with the germane.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 16:55pm


nd Dick and the Ventures were before the Surfaris, the Astronauts, the Pyramids, the Tornados, CCR (not surf, but influenced by the Ventures). There's your timeline right there. You're trying to mix non-germane facts with the germane.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 16:55pm

Lets go trippin came out in 1961
FireBalls Torquay 1959
Belairs Mr Moto 1961 a month or so before LGT
Wray Rumble 1958
Venture Walk don't run 1960
Champs Tequila 1958
Sandy Nelson Teen Beat 1959
Duane Eddy Movin' N' Groovin /Rebel Rouser 1958



as far as 5 0 look on Hals boi .. lol



I think Neil Diamond is better than the Ventures that is a opinion the above are facts from what I know...
Dick never had a top 20 national hit in the 50's or 60's



YES ND




Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 17:34pm


You're going strictly by hits... not smart. Dick's version of Misirlou is a hugely influential record, despite having never charted. And that song, I believe was 1959.

"Champs Tequila 1958
Sandy Nelson Teen Beat 1959
Duane Eddy Movin' N' Groovin /Rebel Rouser 1958"

None of those are surf. "Tequila" is not a surf record. "Teen Beat" is not a surf record. "Movin' N' Groovin" and "Rebel Rouser" are not surf records.

"Torquay" is not a highly influential record. Nor is "Mr. Moto." I give the Fireballs credit for being one of the most commercially successful surf rock bands; however, if not for "Sugar Shack" and "Bottle Of Wine", neither of which are surf, not many would know or care who the Fireballs were. And many still don't.

"Rumble" is an influential record, but I've always felt it too slow to be considered surf. However, most would say I'm wrong. Not a problem though, since I don't think I'd have a problem with Link Wray getting inducted either.

"as far as 5 0 look on Hals boi .. lol"

Do you even know what "Burden Of Proof" means? Seriously, if you want to use it as evidence, YOU'VE got to present it. A lawyer does not say, "I've done the research, and I *KNOW* my client's innocent. You do your own research!" That lawyer would be laughed out of court and probably disbarred. If Hal's bio is an important piece of evidence, copy and paste the important parts of it here. That's your job. The burden of proof is on you.

And you're trying to use # of hits as an lever in your argument. It doesn't matter. Sex Pistols, Velvet Underground, Leonard Cohen... all never had a Hot 100 hit in the U.S., not to mention Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy didn't make the Pop charts ever either. Hit records are not that important, especially when innovation and influence more than make up for them.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 17:48pm


I stand corrected, "Misirlou" wasn't until 1962. But it was still a highly influential record, despite having never charted.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 17:58pm


You're going strictly by hits... not smart. Dick's version of Misirlou is a hugely influential record, despite having never charted. And that song, I believe was 1959.

Sorry 1962 same year as WIPE OUT...ps he didn't write the tune but yes it a some influance on musicians in Calif such as the Beach Boys and Surfaris but so did Sandy Nelson, Fireballs Champs ,Wray ,Eddy .. etc...
I like ND better than the Ventures

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 18:00pm


Uh, "Wipe Out" was 1963, dude. They started work on it in late '62, but it didn't come out until late '63.

And yeah, I know he didn't write "Misirlou", that's why I said his version.

But I'm sorry, I have never heard/read anyone citing the Fireballs or Champs.

The Surfaris are a funny case: you'd be hard-pressed to find a surf instrumental more influential than "Wipe Out", but even though they had songs other than that, the Surfaris over the long haul were not as influential as Link Wray, Dick Dale, or the Ventures.

As far as Hal Blaine goes... a piece of an interview I found. They're discussing TV Themes.

Source:
http://derrickbostrom.com/bostrom/2006/10/06/interview-with-hal-blaine/

"BWM: Have you done much television?
Hal Blaine: God, I couldn’t tell you all the TV shows. A lot of the “Happy Days’ we did. “Laverne and Shirley”, and “Dynasty”. “Hotel”…”WKRP” is showing really big. “Three’s Company” was one of my big shows. ‘The Brady Bunch”, It just goes on and on and on and on. We did “The Partridge Family” In those days. Just so many shows I can’t even think of ‘em.
BWM: “Hawaii Five O”?
Hal Blaine: No, I never did as far as I know. Wasn’t that the Ventures’ record or something? ‘Cause I did do a lot of Ventures records. We used to do Ventures, you know, when they were on the road."

So he played on some of their records, but not Hawaii Five-O... and according to that same interview, he was clean and sober throughout the 60s.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 18:17pm


So he played on some of their records, but not Hawaii Five-O... and according to that same interview, he was clean and sober throughout the 60s.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 18:17pm

Your are right on Wipe Out

Funny since I know Hal {a little}some of the Beach Boys musicians , Surfaris and Dick I do speak with some Knowledge..

There is by burden of proof
Surfs Up RU

I like ND better than the Ventures
YEs to Neil

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 18:26pm


Sorry if I have trouble believing you. But you even say you only know Hal a little. Do you know anyone from the Wrecking Crew or the Ventures? Those are the important ones, since you're claiming the Wrecking Crew played it instead of the Ventures. Anyone from the Wrecking Crew say "Yes we did," or anyone from the Ventures say, "No we didn't"? You're still not really citing influence that I've been able to find. Despite you having the burden of proof, I tried looking it up, and I found the piece that I cited there. You've given me... nothing... nothing tangible really. Just "Trust me! I know them!" Not really substantial.

And just because you like ND better than the Ventures doesn't mean the Ventures didn't deserve their spot.

I like ND more too. But liking an artist doesn't mean they should be inducted. In Neil's case though, he should be inducted.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 18:33pm


The Surfaris are a funny case: you'd be hard-pressed to find a surf instrumental more influential than "Wipe Out", but even though they had songs other than that, the Surfaris over the long haul were not as influential as Link Wray, Dick Dale, or the Ventures.


LOL Wipe Out even has a TV show named after as I write..the HIT.... Wipe Out is the drum solo all rock solos are judge by.. Surfer's Anthem etc etc...
Dick is a big influence the Surfaris would say yes and the Beach Boys but I like Neil better than the Ventures

Here is something fun to do
Check Jims other band "Jim Fuller and the beatnik "on youtube .. Tell me what you think Surfs UP!

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 18:37pm


Oh, I know about the show "Wipeout" I love it. It reminds me of another show I love: "MXC". Again, like I said, there are probably no surf rock songs more influential than Wipe Out, but there are surf rockers more influential than the Surfaris. That's the point.

Again, your liking Neil more than the Ventures really isn't that important.

If I get on a computer where Flash actually WORKS, I'll check it out.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 18:45pm


like I said, there are probably no surf rock songs more influential than Wipe Out, but there are surf rockers more influential than the Surfaris. That's the point.

Hmmm I guess the Beach Boys would be

If Wipe Out is the most influentail surf song then they would be the most influental surf musician since they wrote a played the HIT....
one would think lol
I don't know what flash is I go on youtube often ..I am sure you can get it for free on a low down or is that a down load LOL you're missing some fun stuff on youtube..

YES TO NEIL




Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 19:09pm


"If Wipe Out is the most influentail surf song then they would be the most influental surf musician since they wrote a played the HIT....
one would think lol"

Look at this mathematically. Let's say Wipe Out's influence is worth 10, and the only surf rock record that is a 10. But the other 2 or 3 Surfari songs of note are worth 2 or 3 at best. That gives them at most a total of 19, but probably closer to 13-14.

Now say Dick Dale's three major records each rate about a 7. That gives Dick Dale a total of 21. More than the Surfaris.

Walk Don't Run probably gets a 9, the second version of it, maybe 6, Hawaii Five-O about a 6 as well. 21 again. More than the Surfaris.

No, having the most influential record does not make you the most influential artist. There is a difference.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 19:15pm


Now say Dick Dale's three major records each rate about a 7. That gives Dick Dale a total of 21. More than the Surfaris.

Walk Don't Run probably gets a 9, the second version of it, maybe 6, Hawaii Five-O about a 6 as well. 21 again. More than the Surfaris.

No, having the most influential record does not make you the most influential artist. There is a difference.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 19:15pm

I can only think of 2 hits kinda for Dick Lets go Trippin none of them made the national top 50
Surfaris had Wipe Out , Surfer Joe, Point Panic Waikiki Run ,Shatter Shield... and they wrote them top
Ventures had 2 hits Walk Don't Run, Five O neither of them they wrote

I like Neil better than the Ventures ..Heck I like Dick better than the Ventures heck I like the Surfaris better than the Ventures
Yes to Neil





Now The Beach Boys really have the HIts


Ya know Hal was Neils drummer also LOL

YES TO NEIL

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 19:41pm


This thing about "Wipe Out" being influential is still baffling to me...how??? Let's start with the drumming on that song...that sort of backbeat had been heard before;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S2ugOB0p8M

Even at a young age, I kinda liked it, but I wasn't moved to want to play guitar because of it (when I started playing it took me about 10 minutes to figure it out and then I got bored with it...about like I did with "Walk, Don't Run").

Dale's influence is hard for me to put a finger on, because no one before (or since, that I know of) has ever played with the guitar upside down AND about the most weird string configuration I've ever heard of...he is definitely one of a kind.

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 19:45pm


"I can only think of 2 hits kinda for Dick Lets go Trippin none of them made the national top 50 "

Chart position does not matter. "Let's Go Trippin'", "The Scavenger," and "Misirlou" are all important surf rock records and rate about a 7 or 8 each in terms of influence, imo.

Ventures: Two renditions of Walk Don't Run... one gets a 9, one gets a 5-6. Five-O gets a 6-7, plus their versions of Perifidia, Lullaby Of the Leaves, Wild Angels, Diamondhead, 2000 Pd Bee, Roadrunner, Silver City, all of which had some presence, around 3-4 each. You don't deduct points because they didn't write them.

And you don't add points to the Surfaris because they did write theirs. That's all unimportant when discussing the influence of the records themselves.

Wipe Out- 10
Surfer Joe- 3
Point Panic - 2
Waikiki Run - 1
Shatter Shield - 1
Total: 17

The Surfaris had one massively influential record, but that isn't enough to make them the most influential surf rock band ever. That's like calling Los Del Rio the second biggest act of the entire decade of the '90s because they had the second biggest hit of the decade: Macarena. It's just not true.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 19:49pm


Diamond is another artist kind of like Glen Campbell in the sense that they both have resumes above and beyond being performers (Diamond a songwriter, Campbell a session guitarist) that would make a lot of current inductees GREEN with envy...

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 19:49pm


The Surfaris had one massively influential record, but that isn't enough to make them the most influential surf rock band ever. That's like calling Los Del Rio the second biggest act of the entire decade of the '90s because they had the second biggest hit of the decade: Macarena. It's just not true.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 19:49pm

Gosh I have not even heard Dicks The Scavenger

when was that even a hit ..was I out of town Same with the Ventures except Diamond Head I doubt it made the top 100 it may of.. Dick Lets go Trippin ... didn't hit top 100 mational that I know of WOW that is to funny
any whos Neil DIamond I like better that the Ventures and he has more hits I bet he still can draw more that Dick, Surfaris and Ventures put together ..

LOL Surfer Joe is still big in the Music world
who rates this stuff ..lol DIck Dale..?

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 19:59pm


"LOL Surfer Joe is still big in the Music world
who rates this stuff ..lol DIck Dale..?'-mrxyz

Whoops!!! The cat's out of the bag...!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 20:01pm


Let's Go Trippin' and The Scavenger were both Hot 100 hits.

But again, chart placement doesn't really mean a whole lot. Look at Pat Boone. Close to 60 Hot 100 hits. 6 #1 hits. Not in the R&RHoF.

Surfer Joe still important in the music world? Who decides that? Ron Wilson?

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 20:10pm


Pat Boone was recently inducted into the "Hit Parade Hall of Fame", which is about as appropriate as I can imagine...he was a little more Frank Sinatra and Perry Como than Elvis. Of course a lot of those early raw R&B songs would've never had a mainstream audience if he hadn't covered them...

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 20:20pm


PC gods be damned... fact is if racial harmony is going to happen, there have to be whites who want it to happen too. That's what Pat Boone was... a white guy who tried to show the world that R&B and rock'n'roll wasn't evil. And his covers of a lot of those R&B tunes were actually quite good. "Two Hearts", "Wonderful Time Up There", "Don't Forbid Me," "I Almost Lost My Mind". He wasn't Elvis, but he wasn't Al Martino or Jerry Vale either.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 20:24pm




Let's Go Trippin' and The Scavenger were both Hot 100 hits.

But again, chart placement doesn't really mean a whole lot. Look at Pat Boone. Close to 60 Hot 100 hits. 6 #1 hits. Not in the R&RHoF.

Surfer Joe still important in the music world? Who decides that? Ron Wilson?

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 20:10pm

"Miserlou, made it to 60 for a short time the others would be off the chart as in over 100 if that lol with no global at all unless 1000 counts


any who Dick is a great guitar player and better at tooting his own horn ..
Again Neil is better than the Ventures on a global star /musician writter etc than the Ventures..And he should be in









Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 20:25pm


Come to think of it, the closest artist I'd compare 50's/early 60's Pat Boone to is Ivory Joe Hunter. A smooth R&B style. He could have been quite a charmer if he wasn't already married and wanted to have that persona.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 20:25pm


Dayamn! mrxyz yor a reel trip!!! now yor at it again messin up Neil Diamonds' page with yor putdowns of the King of Surf Guitar -- yes, thats right, nobody other than Dick Dale. you think his only claim to fame was Lets' Go Trippin'? and (you think) that cant hold a candle to The Surgari's world-changer (in yor mind) Wipeout? C'mon we've been thru this! Go back to the Dick Dale page, and re-read everything I tried to tell you before - please! I cannot endure anymor of this nonsense. Miserlou is 10x more potent and influential than the sophomoronic Wipeout. (IMO)

Posted by Telarock on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 20:26pm


ome to think of it, the closest artist I'd compare 50's/early 60's Pat Boone to is Ivory Joe Hunter. A smooth R&B style. He could have been quite a charmer if he wasn't already married and wanted to have that persona.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 20:25pm

Pat should of been in before the Ventures


without a doubt...

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 20:27pm


mrxyz, in between shifts, I'll run and get my copy of the Joel Whitburn books. Plain and simple: you're wrong. Let's Go Trippin' and The Scavenger were Hot 100 hits. Misirlou was #1 in LA, but didn't make the Billboard Hot 100.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 20:29pm


rxyz, in between shifts, I'll run and get my copy of the Joel Whitburn books. Plain and simple: you're wrong. Let's Go Trippin' and The Scavenger were Hot 100 hits. Misirlou was #1 in LA, but didn't make the Billboard Hot 100.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 20:29pm


LOL please spare the time and get real yes In LA it was on KFWB I know I was around LOL I also was at KRLA all of the Time hangin around with the DJ;s etc.. Dick was hot in LA but So was Pat Boone.... So was Dylan ,Peter Paul and Mary, Kingston Trio, Beach Boys etc Dick was not a national top 10 or even 50 less global hit.. The Venture were and so were the Surfaris Fireballs, Link Wray ,Champs ,Booker T and the MGs etc etc... Sandy Nelson was hotter than Dick in my opinion and years before Dick even had a song out

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 20:37pm


ayamn! mrxyz yor a reel trip!!! now yor at it again messin up Neil Diamonds' page with yor putdowns of the King of Surf Guitar -- yes, thats right, nobody other than Dick Dale. you think his only claim to fame was Lets' Go Trippin'? and (you think) that cant hold a candle to The Surgari's world-changer (in yor mind) Wipeout? C'mon we've been thru this! Go back to the Dick Dale page, and re-read everything I tried to tell you before - please! I cannot endure anymor of this nonsense. Miserlou is 10x more potent and influential than the sophomoronic Wipeout. (IMO)

Posted by Telarock on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 20:26pm


lol I know better I was there .....
I think Neil should of been in before the Ventures that is wh t started with.. How we got Dale who knows LOl


Maybe I said I like him bettr than the Ventures But I like Neil better than both of them as far as RRHFer .. Dale is your king I don't have Kings just GODFATHERS such as Brown and Fuller
Yes to ND

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 21:08pm


alright mrxyz, we do agree on Neil Diamond. he is probably one of the biggest glaring 'omissions' out there ... will even put him on my wishlist when I get around to it.

Posted by Telarock on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 21:15pm


Please spare you? No, I don't think so. Get your facts straight:

Dick Dale's hits:
1. Let's Go Trippin' peaked at #60
2. The Scavenger peaked at #98
3. King Of The Surf Guitar peaked at #124

Other classic non-charted songs for Dick Dale:
1. Misirlou
2. Surf Beat
3. Hava Nagila


Surfaris hits:
1. Wipe Out peaked at #2 in '63, #16 in '66, #110 in '70
2. Surfer Joe peaked at #62 (lower than Let's Go Trippin')
3. Point Panic peaked at #49

non charted classic by the Surfaris:

1. I Wanna Take A Trip To The Islands (with the Honeys)
2. Hot Rod High

no mention of Shatter Shield.


Ventures hits:
1. Walk Don't Run peaked at #2
2. Perfidia peaked at #15
3. Ram-Bunk-Shush peaked at #29
4. Lullaby Of The Leaves peaked at #69
5. (Theme From) Silver City peaked at #83
6. Blue Moon peaked at #54
7. Instant Mashed peaked at #104
8. Lolita Ya-Ya peaked at #61
9. The 2,000 Pound Bee (Part 2) peaked at #91
10. Skip To M'Limbo peaked at #114
11. The Ninth Wave peaked at #122
12. Fugitive peaked at #126
13. Walk Don't Run '64 peaked at #8
14. Slaughter On Tenth Avenue peaked at #35
15. Rap City peaked at #135
16. Diamond Head peaked at #70
17. Secret Agent Man peaked at #54
18. Blue Star peaked at #120
19. Green Hornet Theme peaked at #116
20. Wild Thing peaked at #116
21. Theme From "The Wild Angels" peaked at #110
22. Theme From Endless Summer peaked at #106
23. Hawaii Five-O peaked at #4
24. Theme From "A Summer Place" peaked at #83
25. Joy peaked at #109
26. Superstar Revue peaked at #17 on the Disco charts.

Other non-charted classics by the Ventures:
1. Journey To The Stars
2. Sleigh Ride

The point? Even though he didn't have as many charted hits, the non-charted classics (which are not based in author's or my opinion, but research of what songs are still widely popular despite not charted) levels the playing field for Dick Dale, because he had the influence. Furthermore, you can't extol the Surfaris over Dick Dale because Dick Dale never made Top 40 and then turn around and put down the Ventures who have triple the hits of the Surfaris just because they weren't the songwriters. You're trying to have it both ways. You can't. I won't let you, and neither will others here.

As for Fireballs, Champs, and Nelson.... I will say it again... THEY WERE NOT SURF!

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 21:28pm


*should have said "more than triple... in fact more than octuple"

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 21:30pm


As for Fireballs, Champs, and Nelson.... I will say it again... THEY WERE NOT SURF!
Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 21:28pm

what is surf nstant Mashed peaked at #104
8. Lolita Ya-Ya peaked at #61
9. The 2,000 Pound Bee (Part 2) peaked at #91
10. Skip To M'Limbo peaked at #114
11. The Ninth Wave peaked at #122
12. Fugitive peaked at #126
13. Walk Don't Run '64 peaked at #8
14. Slaughter On Tenth Avenue peaked at #35
15. Rap City peaked at #135
16. Diamond Head peaked at #70
17. Secret Agent Man peaked at #54
18. Blue Star peaked at #120
19. Green Hornet Theme peaked at #116
20. Wild Thing peaked at #116
21. Theme From "The Wild Angels" peaked at #110
22. Theme From Endless Summer peaked at #106
23. Hawaii Five-O peaked at #4
24. Theme From "A Summer Place" peaked at #83
25. Joy peaked at #109

these are surf LOL



Hard to believe most of these ever charted was that in Japan.... ? anything over 100 is hype.. If they charted it was for a week LOL They did get much air play on most of them if any...

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 21:38pm


No, those were all in America. And BS about hype. The Bubbling Under chart is a bona fide chart that measures the "almost made it"s And yes, many of those in that edited out list are surf. All you need is EARS!

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 21:41pm


No, those were all in America. And BS about hype. The Bubbling Under chart is a bona fide chart that measures the "almost made it"s And yes, many of those in that edited out list are surf. All you need is EARS!

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 21:41pm

On many of those "charted HITS" they would come out with there take on the HIT as the real hit was hitting .... like I said the biggest copy band.. Most of them had play for a few weeks .. They sold lots of records.. A boring band selling to boring people is MY Guess ...Donny an Marie out sold the Beatles one year LOL
I Like Neil better

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 21:55pm


Your guess is wrong then. Biggest copy band: the Searchers. Second, the Ventures' albums weren't about boring music for boring people. It was about teaching other people to play the guitar.

And you must really be clueless. It doesn't matter if theirs wasn't the original.. if it charted, that makes it... guess what? a CHARTED HIT for them! Wow! What stunning logic! Can you follow along? MY guess is no, you can't.

And you're trying to pull that hypocritical trick out of your bag again. "They sold a lot of records. Boring band selling to boring people." And yet when the Surfaris sell a lot of copies of Wipe Out, it's ultimate validation that they are the true monoliths of surf music! Wrong. You're trying to have it both ways again. One or the other. Make your pick.

I like Neil better too. But that doesn't mean the Ventures didn't deserve their induction.

And really, discussing with you borders on the pointless. Your measuring stick is one question tall: "Do I, mrxyz, like them?" If the answer is yes, then "Yes to (insert artist name here)! All you need is EARS!" If no, then "No! They're all HOLLYWOOD HYPE!" Your decision making process has a sign that says "No diving" by it.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 22:14pm


And really, discussing with you borders on the pointless. Your measuring stick is one question tall: "Do I, mrxyz, like them?" If the answer is yes, then "Yes to (insert artist name here)! All you need is EARS!" If no, then "No! They're all HOLLYWOOD HYPE!" Your decision making process has a sign that says "No diving" by it.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 22:14pm

LOL well thank you

I know they sold lots of records and sheet music They were good teachers .That I give credit for that and "walk don't run" was hot in its day..A true classic. I still love the song, it has past the time test... Know one plays it better than the Ventures

They were better at promo than playing.. I like their Drummer Mel he was hot...The rest of the band reminded me of my music teacher in JR high school band.. a good player but took no chances . Nothing wrong with that! I can see why Japan just loves them...Ya have give them credit they sold lots of vinyl...slow and steady wins the race





Yes to ND

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 22:42pm


Sorry, but just calling that one how I see it. I mean, we all get that way with certain bands, but I've yet to see you say "I like them, but they don't merit induction" or "I don't like them, but they do deserve it."

Re: Ventures: Fair enough. I see them as putting unique twists to everything they did. Taking a song and making it theirs, the way other bands did, like the Four Seasons, the Beatles, even Johnny And The Hurricanes.

Yes to Neil Diamond

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 22:48pm


Solitary Man ...

Posted by Cokey on Wednesday, 08.19.09 @ 11:28am


It is outrageous the Neil Diamond is not in the Hall of the Fame. Have they rocks in their heads??? He is the KING. He is an all round writer, performer, poet. A genius

Posted by susan on Tuesday, 08.25.09 @ 08:51am


Jeez! Philip and mrxyz get a room!

Posted by Michael on Thursday, 09.3.09 @ 16:44pm


I would like to point out that Neil Diamond mentioned Caryl Chessman in his song "Done Too Soon" four years before Genesis mentioned Caryl Chessman in "Broadway Melody of 1974" from "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 10.8.09 @ 14:01pm


Each year I am so disappointed that the RRHOF has neglected the nomination of Neil Diamond. What are they thinking? Many had thought Neil would inherit the Rock and Roll crown from Elvis when he first emerged. There have been too many groups and artists who do not belong in the Rock Hall, and they choose to ignore a true Rock legend? Not fair...not fair at all.

Posted by Kariann on Friday, 10.23.09 @ 01:19am


When will Neil Diamond and Fans realize he does not cut it...the fans whine and moan about how the RRHOF sucks, and then turn around and whine that he is not voted in...lets face it he is on the list he belongs on the torture list of musicians for the government...doesn't that say it all? The main fan base for Neil Diamond is lame...just look at the other groups and names not voted in...don't you people get it...Ill bet if he got voted in, all of a sudden RRHOF would hold some weight, and his fans would be gushing...give up......doesn't belong with some of the heavy-weights performing this past weekend

Posted by Gonka on Monday, 11.2.09 @ 07:03am


Just take a look at Neil Diamonds fan base on Youtube, Neil Diamond Fans...that should pretty much explain his following...Neil birthday parties, Neil Bingo and decorating hotel doors with Neil pictures in their hotel rooms? Oh, yes, real rock and roll base....or Neil diamond birthday party pictures posted on the web...yes, right up there with The Stones and Eric....gheeeeez lots of elderly folk playing Neil of Fortune....there is the following...

Posted by Gonka on Monday, 11.2.09 @ 07:09am


It's too late now. I don't want him to be inducted. He was deserving years ag, has substantialy influenced American music for years. Now the Hall of Fame is a bunch of wannabees who have done nothing influential, but have a few hits. Neil deserves better.

Posted by Dave on Wednesday, 11.25.09 @ 07:38am


If Elvis the king of rock covers your song, you must be pretty good right? I think everyone who has posted in the past few years about Neil Diamond not getting into the hall of fame is pretty much spot on. Performers like Madonna and Beastie boys being nominated for rock and roll hall of fame doesn't even make sense to me.

Posted by Erick on Monday, 12.14.09 @ 17:04pm


To me, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is irrelevent until Neil Diamond and Little Anthony and the Imperials are in it.

Posted by rahill on Sunday, 12.27.09 @ 19:26pm


Little Anthony and the Imperials are in!

Posted by QAZ on Sunday, 12.27.09 @ 19:35pm


Did you know in late 1980/early 1981 Neil Diamond and Bruce Springsteen were running neck and neck in the top five of Billboard's Hot 100. Both their respective songs would hit their peak positions on January 10, 1981. Springsteen's "Hungry Heart" would peak at #3 while Diamond's "Love on the Rocks" would peak one notch higher at #2. (John Lennon's "(Just Like)Starting Over" was in its third week at
#1) Springsteen had a number one hit only as a songwriter when Manfred Mann's Earth Band recorded "Blinded By The Light" Diamond had FIVE number one hits as a songwriter and three of those he also sang: "Cracklin' Rosie" "Song Sung Blue" and "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" The other two number ones: "I'm A Believer" and "Red Red Wine" were recorded by the Monkees and UB40, respectively.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 02.3.10 @ 01:36am


And he still sucks.

Posted by Ralph on Wednesday, 02.3.10 @ 06:35am


"Hot August Night NYC" is set for a mass market distribution on Feb. 9, 2010. It was distributed exclusively by Wal-Mart for the past six months. This is the third album to use the phrase "Hot August Night." There was the original 1972 album and "Hot August Night 2" in 1987. (It is the opening phrase in "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show") Bruce Springsteen did not name any of his live albums "One Soft Infested Summer" (the first four words in the song "Backstreets")

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 02.3.10 @ 14:42pm


Rock & Roll Jeopardy

Category: If They Collaborated

If Neil Diamond were to do an album with the Counting Crows, it would be called...

What is "Hot August Night and Everything Else"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 02.3.10 @ 14:48pm


They already considered him, yet he isn't in yet. Let him in.

Posted by Matt Love on Monday, 03.22.10 @ 19:11pm


Did you know the melody line for Bruce Springsteen's "Racing in The Streets" sounds very similar to Diamond's "Captain Sunshine" Also their track numbers are the same. ("Captain Sunshine" is the fifth track on Diamond's "Moods" while "Racing" is the fifth track on "Darkness On The Edge of Town") I don't know if this was conscious or subconscious in both ragards.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 05.8.10 @ 20:58pm


"Hot August Night" was the number one album for the 1970s in Australia, spending 29 weeks at the top during 1973 and 1974. I looked up the chart positions for Springsteen's "Live 1975-85" at Wikipedia and its position on the Australian chart is not even mentioned. "Live 1975-85" spent seven weeks at number one on the Billboard album chart, but that's 1/4 of the time "Hot August Night" spent at the top of the Australian chart.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 06.13.10 @ 10:28am


Eligible for 22 years- don't expect it anytime soon. I can listen to Neil's music just fine, but he's mostly been on the light side, which often does not sit well with analyzing music's power players.

Posted by JR on Friday, 07.16.10 @ 16:09pm


Neil deserves to be in the R&R Fall of Fame. How may other artists from the sixties are still rockin, packing concert halls, and writing, rocording and selling albums. While he has covered many musical styles over his career, Neil is primarily a rock artist. Sweet Caroline is rock. Holly Holy, Cherry Cherry, I'm a Believer, America, Primitive, Love on the Rocks - they are all examples of great contributions to modern rock. Neil just does not hang out with the clicks, is not politically correct, and sings positive songs, not shock negative songs. But Neil is not only a geat rock singer, he is one of the greatest rock performers of our time and his concerts continue to sellout multiple dates around the world, and he has written the songs that have made him popular. May artists have covered Diamond, including Elvis (the king of rock) UB 40, Sinatra, Deep Purple (a hard rock band), U2, and Sweet Caroline always rocks the crowd during the 7th inning stretch at a Red Socks home game. Any one that does not think Neil rocks is either biased or tone deaf. Listen to Holly Holy live, or Crunchy Granola Sweet, or Brother Love. Neil is in a category by himself, but he does not belong lumped with Barry Manilow (image Barry singing any of the above songs?), or other pop artists. Neil is a rock artist. Even ask Rick Ruben and Robby Robinson (The Band), two rock producers who produced Neil's great 12 Songs and Beautiful Noise albums. Dylan (who is more folk than rock) is in the RR Hall of Fame, and he has covered Sweet Caroline and is friends with Neil. So come on guys, get your act together and vote Neil Diamond in to the RRHOF.

Posted by Eric on Thursday, 08.19.10 @ 07:59am


Neil Diamond should have been inducted years ago. I just looked up some of his early performances from the mid/late 60's and watched. How anyone could deny him the honor is beyond me.

There is a concert he did on BBC around 1971, and he is only rock and roll, and he was magnificent. I'm not even a huge fan of his, I grew up in the '80's and yes, by that time his music had changed a bit...but his roots are firmly planted in rock.

Induct Neil Diamond!!!

Posted by Dana on Friday, 09.17.10 @ 17:41pm


http://rockhall.com/inductees/nominees/neil-diamond/

Neil Diamond’s half-century as a prolific singer, songwriter, recording artist (nearly four decades on Columbia Records) is one of the eternal verities of American popular music. He attended to pre-med studies at NYU, but was interrupted in 1962 by an offer to write songs for $50 a week at 1619 Broadway, the Brill Building. Like many writers there, including fellow Brooklynites Neil Sedaka and Carole King, Diamond was writing as much for himself as for others. Thus, “I’m a Believer” was grabbed up for the Monkees, who turned it into the top song of 1966 (followed three months later by their take on Neil’s “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You”). No matter, because Bert Berns had already signed Neil to his new Bang Records indie label. He rocked the Hot 100 in 1966 with “Solitary Man” and “Cherry, Cherry,” followed in ’67 by “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon,” “Thank the Lord for the Night Time” and “Kentucky Woman” (a Top 40 hit for Deep Purple in ’68). Produced by Brill-mates Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, these acoustic-guitar-driven rock and roll songs were the first notches in Neil’s singles discography. There are more than 70 U.S. chart entries to date including “Sweet Caroline,” “Holly Holy” and “Cracklin’ Rosie” (along with some 48 charted albums). He has stayed true to his roots as a rocker onstage, including a performance at the Band’s Last Waltz concert. Diamond continues to be a world-class, top grossing concert draw, slinging his custom Gibson flat-top with a fury that remains undiminished at age 69.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 15:08pm


Both, Bert Berns and Deep Purple are mentioned in Neil Diamond's bio at the Rock Hall. I guess this means Bert Berns & Jerry Ragavoy will be inducted this year in the non-performers category, and Neil Diamond needs to be inducted before Deep Purple, who covered Neil Diamond's Kentucky Woman.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 15:19pm


The Monkees and Neil Sedaka too!

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 15:26pm


FROM THE DIGITAL DREAM DOOR

Neil Diamond

The Hall Of Fame has rightly taken the approach the Rock 'n' Roll is a multi-faceted and diverse music, with artists and influences that span many fields. At its core of course rock 'n' roll is popular and populist music and even as cult-favorites with few hits and low record sales get the critical acclaim and fan support the bulk of nominees for the Hall should represent the peak of success within the rock field. Yet the rock field is not where Neil Diamond always plied his trade and that makes him this year's most controversial and perplexing artist on the ballot. To be fair, Diamond the songwriter is well-respected within rock, even if his biggest hits came writing for the Monkees, a group well-deserving of consideration themselves but unlikely to ever be given a nod because of their even lower image among rock critics. But Diamond's massive success as a singer, 56 hits including 13 Top Ten smashes, came squarely in the pop/adult contemporary field, making him only tangibly connected to the music the Hall is supposedly spotlighting. As an overall artist of popular music few in American history have the credentials that Diamond can boast, and regardless of his almost caricature-like image that is easily mocked by many, his career has touched upon rock enough for him to be given consideration, a la Miles Davis or Bobby Darin, both of whom got in. Yet when the primary output of his career was in a style that was seen at the time and ever since as the antithesis of rock 'n' roll, the full weight of those credentials can not easily be applied to his candidacy for a Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame.

Qualifications: 4 - Modest Accomplishments

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 19:45pm


If Neil Diamond is inducted, L have THREE possible choices for presenters:

Elton John-Neil helped arrange EJ's first stateside gigs at the Troubadour in Hollywood. Neil had recorded his first live album "Gold" at the Troubadour.

Robbie Robertson- Produced Neil Diamond's 1976 album "Beautiful Noise" and cowrote the album's final track, "Dry Your Eyes" which Neil performed at The Band's "Last Waltz"

Rick Rubin- Produced "12 Songs" and "Home Before Dark" albums.

Robbie once said of Neil In Rolling Stone, "He could probably sell more seats than Bruce Springsteen, you know not because it's the hip thing to do, but there are people out there who still need this fix." The Bay Area proved Robertson's theory right on June 8, 1992 when tickets to FOUR Diamond shows went on sale and he kept adding more until there was a total of SEVEN sold out shows. Springsteen wouldn't even book one show in the Bay Area until August 23, 1992. (The two played within a week of each other, but by the time Springsteen got around to selling tickets, Diamond already had a clean sweep)

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 09.30.10 @ 00:42am


Barbra Streisand hasn't been nominated or inducted, but one of her duet partners, Barry Gibb was inducted in 1997 along with his brothers RObin and Maurice as the Bee Gees. This year, there are TWO duet partners of Streisand on the same ballot. Neil Diamond (You Don't Bring Me Flowers) and Donna Summer (No More Tears [Enough is Enough])

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 10.1.10 @ 15:00pm


Congratulations to Neil! There is no doubt that Neil Diamond belongs in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Simple as that. He should have been inducted a dozen years ago. I simply do not understand why some say he is this year's most controversial and perplexing artist on the ballot. To me, he is the MOST qualified artist on the ballot. His list of accomplishments are proven fact.

Anyone around in the 1960's and 70's had to be absorbed by his rock beats and beautiful ballads. Bobby Darin, Del Shannon, and a list of others are in the Rock Hall. I hope voting members will give Neil his due. Yes, I feel Donna Summer also belongs there!

I am already imagining the final jam session opening up with "I'm A Believer," or maybe "Sweet Carolina," or the magic of gospel rock in Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show. Please let it be.

Posted by Kariann1 on Saturday, 10.2.10 @ 12:17pm


Diamond was first eligible in 1988. I can't understand why it took him so long to be nominated.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Monday, 10.4.10 @ 16:48pm


In my perpetual puzzlement over Rock Legend Neil Diamond not yet having been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I figured I had better go to their website and see the list of these supposed ‘better than Diamond’ gods that HAVE qualified for induction. I thought..."that would have to be a damn short list not to have Diamond...wouldn’t it?". To my amazement, there are over 600 who have been inducted!!??...what, and no Neil Diamond??!! And, only a handful even come close to Diamond’s fame and success...or, perhaps, fame and success aren’t factors in their assessment? I believe Neil Diamond is one of four Rock acts to have the most gold albums ever (Beatles, Elvis, Stones and Neil Diamond). As great as many of the other lesser accomplished inductees are, even a Diamond-hater would have to acknowledge he Rocks more than many of them...Leonard Cohen?, Chet Atkins?, Pete Seger?, Woody Guthrie?, Nat King Cole?....all those guys may be institutions in their own respective genres, but don’t tell me they Rock more than Neil Diamond! If he never walked onto a stage, Neil Diamond could have qualified the day “I’m a Believer” became one of the best selling Rock and Roll songs of all time...and, maybe they forgot that Diamond wrote “Red Red Wine”? I read some things about Diamond being ‘on top’ but not being Rock and Roll....anyone who thinks that hasn’t seen him in concert. How about this example: Could the guy who wrote and hoarsely bellowed the following first line in a Rock album that went multi-platinum not qualify as a Rocker?: “Lady she got painted eyes, have a way of taking to ya...Cut your heart out for the prize, while the bitch sings Halleluyah....Lordy, ya know I’m made of blood and bone...Lordy, ya know I bleed when I get stoned”. If they ain’t Rock lyrics people, I don’t know what is! So, in summary the Hall of Fame is loaded with people who don’t Rock as much, sell out concerts as much, sell records as much, or who have penned as many hits (Rock hits that is!...I ain’t talking about September Morn here). So, is the whole thing politics or don’t the decision-makers know what Rock and Roll is?

Posted by Danny Abbamonte on Saturday, 10.16.10 @ 19:40pm


Neil Diamond's induction is in preparation for the inductions of the Monkees, Neil Sedaka, Deep Purple, and Barbra Streisand.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 10.17.10 @ 04:58am


The induction of Neil Diamond is in preparation for the inductions of the Monkees, Neil Sedaka, Deep Purple, and Barbra Streisand.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 10.17.10 @ 05:11am


The induction of Neil Diamond is in preparation for the inductions of the Monkees, Neil Sedaka, Deep Purple, and Barbra Streisand.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 10.17.10 @ 05:11am

you forgot The Carpenters

Posted by akeem on Sunday, 10.17.10 @ 08:46am


What's the difference between Neil Diamond, Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck?

Posted by Qaz on Thursday, 11.4.10 @ 02:47am


I don't know, let's ask Aaron O'Donnell, who felt the need to bash Springsteen in order to boost Diamond (forgetting that Springsteen is far more influential and considered to be far better than Diamond will ever be.) Tom Jones did a great cover of "Burning Down the House" with The Cardigans, I know that much.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 11.7.10 @ 10:45am


Sam,

Tom Jones also did a cover of "Kiss" with The Art of Noise. Tom Jones and Prince have the same birthday, June 7. (TJ was born in 1940, while Prince was born in 1958) Neil Diamond shares his birthday, January 24, with two deceased legends. Warren Zevon and John Belushi. Diamond was born 1941, Zevon 1947 and Belushi 1949. Diamond has outlived both Zevon and Belushi.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 11.10.10 @ 01:37am


"Dry your eyes, take your song out/It's a new born afernoon/If you can't recall the singer/You can still recall the tune"

"Dry Your Eyes" written by Neil Diamond and Robbie Robertson

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 12.15.10 @ 02:04am


My first concert was Neil Diamonod on March 12, 1985. Twenty-six years and two days later he['[s going into rhe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 12.15.10 @ 03:29am


A Hall w/o Neil is a joke. His induction is great, but there is still a Looooooong list of artists deserving that should be coming in shortly. Congrats, though.

Posted by Dr. W on Monday, 12.20.10 @ 15:42pm


With Neil's induction, adult contemporary genre is already considered and in the future we will have Frank Sinatra and Neil Sedaka for early influence but it seems they seldom induct someone for EI.

Posted by Mr. Wong on Saturday, 12.25.10 @ 10:39am


Do you know that Neil Diamond and Nick Drake have the same initials? Also they have songs with similar titles. Neil Diamond had a song called "Sunday Sun" on his 1968 album "Velvet Gloves and Spit" A year Later (1969). Nick Drake would have a song called "Saturday Sun" on his "Five Leaves Left" album

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 01.13.11 @ 03:20am


Happy 70th Birthday, Neil Diamond

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Monday, 01.24.11 @ 01:54am


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu5Vw3Xla8I&feature=related

Neil Diamond performing at Rock Hall

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 03.20.11 @ 07:27am


Solid speech.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 03.21.11 @ 11:25am


Solid is not the word I'd use. He did indeed seemed to be pretty crocked.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 03.21.11 @ 13:24pm


Woops, my mistake, should have hinted at the sarcasm better, sorry Philip!

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 03.21.11 @ 13:29pm


Ah, okay. lol

Posted by Philip on Monday, 03.21.11 @ 13:31pm


Not a problem, I'm glad you brought attention to my post or else hordes of other people would come on here and think I was crocked out of my mind as well, lol

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 03.21.11 @ 14:22pm


I think the fact that he showed up drunk winged his speech shows how much respect he has for the rock hall. Still, easily the best speech of the night. My favorite part was when he told all the critics and rock hall heads that he loved all of them, even though they didnt vote for him. Plus it as awesome when he made Bruce sing Sweet Caroline. (Mainly because Bruce looked sooooo uncomfortable doing it.)

Posted by Jim on Monday, 03.21.11 @ 15:48pm


Maybe Bruce would have been more uncomfortable singing "Brother Love." That song was not performed at the ceremony. Backstreets.com reviewed a Springsteen & Seeger Sessions Band show at LA's Greek Theatre in 2006, and the headline read "BROTHER SPRINGSTEEN'S TRAVELlING SALVATION SHOW" I said this many times before, Springsteen complained of a sore throat after one performance in the Bay Area in 1992 and this was the day after Neil finished his Bay Area run.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Monday, 03.21.11 @ 18:47pm


http://www.youtube.com/user/OttawaNow?feature=mhum#p/f/5/TagcglAgZSE

Paul Simon inducting Neil Diamond

Song that plays while Paul Simon walks out on stage: You Can Call Me Al

Song that plays while Neil Diamond walks out on stage: Song Sung Blue

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 03.22.11 @ 19:34pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyNNGPbyxTA

The 2011 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Neil Diamond induction video finally surfaces on YouTube.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 06.7.11 @ 14:50pm


Why did Paul Simon say the great state of Brooklyn?

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 06.12.11 @ 06:07am


CR=Cracklin' Rosie (Neil Diamond), Candy's Room and Cadillac Ranch (Bruce Springsteeen)
HH=Holly Holy (Neil Diamond) and Hungry Heart (Bruce Springsteen)
SC=Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond) and Stolen Car (Bruce Springsteen)
Glory Road (Neil Diamond)
Glory Days (Bruce Springsteen)
Jungleland (Springsteen)
Jungletime (Diamond)
SP=Soggy Pretzels (Diamond) and Spare Parts (Bruce Springsteen)

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 06.26.11 @ 11:19am


CR=Cracklin' Rosie (Neil Diamond), Candy's Room and Cadillac Ranch (Bruce Springsteeen)
HH=Holly Holy (Neil Diamond) and Hungry Heart (Bruce Springsteen)
SC=Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond) and Stolen Car (Bruce Springsteen)
Glory Road (Neil Diamond)
Glory Days (Bruce Springsteen)
Jungleland (Springsteen)
Jungletime (Diamond)
SP=Soggy Pretzels (Diamond) and Spare Parts (Bruce Springsteen)

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 06.26.11 @ 11:19am


It was just announced today that Neil Diamond is among the five Kennedy Center honorees for 2011. Bruce Springsteen received his Kennedy Center honor two years before Neil Diamond did and was inducted into the RRHOF 12 years before Diamond. Diamond won a Golden Globe award in 1974 for his "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" soundtrack, many years before Springsteen would receive a GG. Springsteen has not received a MusiCares Person of the Year Award yet, but Neil Diamond HAS!

Posted by Aaron O on Wednesday, 09.7.11 @ 19:50pm


http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/specialevents/honors/

The 2011 Kennedy Center Honors

Barbara Cook
Neil Diamond
Yo-Yo Ma
Sonny Rollins
Meryl Streep

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 09.7.11 @ 20:42pm


ARTISTS WHO WERE INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND RECEIVED THE KENNEDY CENTER HONOR IN THE SAME YEAR:

01. 1986 - Ray Charles
02. 2011 - Neil Diamond

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 09.7.11 @ 20:47pm


Yesterday (January 24) was Neil Diamond's 71st birthday and Bruce Springsteen announced his North American tour dates. Neil Diamond announced his North American tour dates on November 22, 2011, Steve Van Zandt's 61st birthday and my 42nd birthday.

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To commemorate the 40th anniversary of his landmark "Hot August Night" album, Neil Diamond is playing FIVE nights at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, where the original album was recorded back in 1972. The dates are: August 11,16,18,23 and 25. He has FOUR additional dates in California during the month of August. August 7 in San Jose (which I'm going to), August 14 in Chula Vista, August 21 in Anaheim, and August 27 in Sacramento. By comparison, Bruce Springsteen has a measly THREE dates in California during the month of April. April 24 in San Jose and April 26-27 at the
L.A. Memorial Coliseum. June 8 will mark the 20th
anniversary of Neil Diamond's so-called "Springsteen massacre" in the Bay Area. Springsteen just waited until it was too late to compete with Neil Diamond.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 04.7.12 @ 16:06pm


I too have a ND story, or rather a ND cover band story. Cherry Cherry has been to Missoula 3 years in a row and as Fake Neil said on stage, Neil sttead that we're his 4th favorite cover band! Talk about dubious distinction. But not so dubious as the second year when he asked for a volunteer to sing a duet with him and all of my 30-something friends made him pick me. You Don't Bring Me Flowers was the song and believe, I'm no Barbara Streisand. The worst part though was that I don't know the song except for the melody on the chorus, so I had to be Fake Barbara and don't think I pulled it off quite as well as Fake Neil did. It was pretty cool singing to a 10-piece orchestra though. When I left the stage, Fake Neil told me quietly, learn the song and when we come back next year, we'll do it again . Sadly, I didn't make it to the next year's show. . .BTW, Rick ROCKS the Neil! His performance accessory is darned cute, too![]

Posted by Bulutza on Tuesday, 04.24.12 @ 17:04pm


Today is the 20th anniversary of Neil Diamond's UNINTENTIONAL "Springsteen massacre" in the Bay Area. I know a lot of people complained when I said that Neil Diamond beat Springsteen in Bay Area ticket sales, but no one knew it was going to happen, although Robbie Robertson had a little prediction. How it happened was that Neil Diamond beat Springsteen to the Bay Area box office by 11 weeks and Neil Diamond didn't know his own strength. Neil Diamond didn't intend to create a roadblock in the Bay Area that Springsteen had to navigate around to avoid a "head-on collision racing in his guts." IT JUST HAPPENED THAT WAY!!!!

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 06.8.12 @ 18:25pm


HEIL DIAMOND-GITCHY GOOMY (1972)

Been there one time
Been there two times
Been there three times
More than I care to be

FLEETWOOD MAC-NEVER GOING BACK AGAIN (1977)

Been down one time
Been down two times
Never going back again

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 07.14.12 @ 14:10pm


I love Neil Diamond! Really want him to receive the respect and recognition he deserves!!! Long Live Neil!!!

Posted by Amelita Reyes on Monday, 10.8.12 @ 22:34pm


I think the Rock Hall plans certain things to happen in a certain way. Sometimes they actually use seniority. Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Genesis, Deep Purple, The Moody Blues, The Monkees, Chicago, Kiss and Rush are the artists that the public complains about the most for not being in the Rock And Roll Halll Of Fame.

Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper and Genesis are now in. So, the Rock Hall inducts Neil Diamond first in 2011. Neil Diamond wrote and performed the original Kentucky Woman. Kentucky Woman was covered by Deep Purple. Deep Purple is mentioned in Neil Diamond's Rock Hall biography. Deep Purple gets nominated for the Rock Hall two years after Neil Diamond, and Neil Diamond will be mentioned in Deep Purple's Rock Hall bio. Neil Diamond also wrote songs for The Monkees. The Monkees pre-date Deep Purple by three years, but Deep Purple was more Rock than The Monkees, so Deep Purple gets inducted first. The Monkees will be inducted next.

Neil Diamond ---> Deep Purple ---> The Monkees

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 12.8.12 @ 21:54pm


when is Neil Diamond gonna meet James Taylor

Posted by Evan on Monday, 08.5.13 @ 08:19am


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