Billboard ( Magazine ) have announced that singer/songwriter Neil Diamond will receive its prestigious Legend of Live Award at the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards on the 8th November at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.
Billboard’s highest accolade, the Legend of Live Award, recognises and celebrates solo performers and groups who according to Billboard “have made significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business”. A statement by Billboard continues: “Beyond success at the box office, the Legend of Live Award recognises professionalism and steadfast commitment to the art and craft of live performance and the fan experience at concerts”. Previous recipients of the Legend of Live Award include promoter Michael Cohl, promoter Jack Boyle, Sir Elton John, agent Frank Barsalona, the Allman Brothers, Ozzy Osbourne, Rush and Journey.
Neil Diamond is a Grammy winning artist who has sold over 128 million records, as well as being a member of both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame in the USA. Neil Diamond’s career longevity has in no small part been due to his charismatic live performances. Neil Diamond’s “Hot August Night,” is one of the most celebrated live albums of all time, so much so that Universal released “Hot August Night 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition”. The album is based on the recordings from Neil Diamond’s legendary run at the outdoor amphitheatre style Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in 1972.
Ironically Neil Diamond’s “Live at the Greek” was so nearly the very first vinyl album I bought. I remember having it in my hands in Woolworths in 1977, before opting for “The Best of the Stylistics”!! Even at the tender age of 14, I was aware of the allure and quality of Neil Diamond, inspired by these catchy early 1970s hits that make up the MyFirstRecord.co.uk Top 5 Best Neil Diamond Songs –
1) Sweet Caroline ( 1971 )
2) Cracklin’ Rosie ( 1970 )
3) Love On The Rocks ( 1980 )
4) Song Sung Blue ( 1972 )
5) Beautiful Noise ( 1976 )
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