Saturday, 3 February 2018
Solitary Man/I Got The Feeling (Oh No No)/Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon/Cherry Cherry
Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor. With 38 songs in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts, he has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time.
Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Additionally, he received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and in 2011 was an honoree at Kennedy Center, he will be honoured by The Recording Academy with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. On the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts, he has had ten No. 1 singles: "Cracklin' Rosie", "Song Sung Blue", "Longfellow Serenade", "I've Been This Way Before", "If You Know What I Mean", "Desiree", "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", "America", "Yesterday's Songs", and "Heartlight". In January 2018, it was announced that Diamond would receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
"Solitary Man" was written by American musician Neil Diamond, who recorded the song for Bang Records in February 1966. It has since been covered many times by such artists as Billy Joe Royal, B.J. Thomas, Jay and the Americans, T. G. Sheppard, Gianni Morandi, The Sidewinders, Chris Isaak, Johnny Cash, Johnny Rivers, HIM, Crooked Fingers, Cliff Richard, Ólöf Arnalds, Theuns Jordaan, and Farhad Mehrad.
Recorded in February 1966 and initially released on Bang Records in April 1966, "Solitary Man" was Diamond's debut single as a recording artist, having already had moderate--but accidental--success as a songwriter for other artists; their versions of the songs he had already written and composed were released before his own versions of them were. By July, the track had become a minor hit rising to #55 on the U.S. pop singles chart. It would then be included on Diamond's first album, The Feel of Neil Diamond, released in August 1966.
"Cherry, Cherry" is a song written, composed, and recorded in late January 1966 by American musician Neil Diamond. The song (originally intended as a demo) was arranged by Artie Butler and produced by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. It was issued as a 45 single in 1966 and became Diamond's first big hit, reaching #6 on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart, in October 1966, and the Cash Box chart. Ellie Greenwich came up with the chorus and can be heard as the prominent background voice, accompanied by Jeff Barry. Neil Diamond has stated that the song was inspired by an early relationship with a significantly older woman.
"Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" is a song written by American musician Neil Diamond, whose recording of it on Bang Records reached number 10 on the US pop singles chart in 1967. The song enjoyed a second life when it appeared on the 1994 Pulp Fiction soundtrack, performed by rock band Urge Overkill. Other versions have been recorded by Cliff Richard (1968), Jackie Edwards (1968), the Biddu Orchestra (1978), and 16 Volt (1998). The song first appeared on Diamond's album Just for You. The mono and stereo versions of this song differ slightly. On the mono "Just For You" LP as well as on the 45, the strings do not come in until the second verse. It also has a slightly longer fade. The stereo "Just For You" LP version has a shorter fade and the strings come in on the first chorus.
I Got the Feelin' (Oh No No)" charted at #16 in the U.S. and #67 in Australia “I Got the Feelin’ (Oh No No)” was released as Neil Diamond’s third single for Bang Records and gave him his third chart entry Taken from his debut album The Feel of Neil Diamond. The track may not have been intended to be a single initially. It was first released on Diamond’s debut album, The Feel of Neil Diamond (August 1966). As his second single, “Cherry, Cherry,” rose to a peak at number six in October, Diamond probably was touring to support it and may not have been available to record a proper follow-up, or Bang may have rejected the idea of using the not-yet-issued “The Boat That I Row,” another uptempo number similar to “Cherry, Cherry.” But the label needed something to follow “Cherry, Cherry” quickly to maintain Diamond’s momentum, so “I Got the Feelin’ (Oh No No)” was pressed as a 45 in October. (“The Boat That I Row” was relegated to the B-side.) It entered the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending November 12 and peaked at number 16 on December 17. Unlike “Solitary Man” and “Cherry, Cherry,” it has not generated cover versions, though Diamond’s original recording has turned up on many of his charting compilations.
Thanks to Sunshine