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Singer and songwriter Neil Diamond wrote "I'm A Believer" for The Monkees, and peformed his own pop hits, including "Heartlight" and "Sweet Caroline."
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Other artists have also made the charts with their own renditions of Diamond's songs. The British band UB40 hit it big with "Red, Red Wine" in 1983, and Urge Overkill's cover of "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" was featured on the soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction (1994).
In 1996, Diamond released the album Tennessee Moon,
which marked his first foray into country music. He teamed up with Rick Rubin for 12 Songs (2005), which was heralded as a comeback for Diamond. "They call it a 'comeback.' For me, I never thought that I was away," Diamond later told Newsweek. While Diamond hadn't been on the charts in a while, he remained a very popular live act. 12 Songs put him back on the album charts, reaching as high as the No. 4 spot.
In 2008, Diamond reached the top of the album charts with Home Before Dark, his next effort with Rick Rubin. He even appeared on American Idol to help promote the release. Diamond's musical contributions were honored in 2011, when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He received the Kennedy Center Honor that same year. Diamond had previously been admitted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in the 1980s.
Diamond made headlines for his latest marriage in 2012; he wed his manager, Katie McNeil, in Los Angeles on April 20, 2012. They met in 2009, during the making of the documentary Neil Diamond: Hot August Night NYC. McNeil worked as an executive producer on the project. Diamond has been married twice before, and has four children from those marriages.
Now in his 70s, Diamond continues to tour extensively. He spent the summer of 2012 performing his greatest hits across the United States. As for the future, Diamond told Daily Variety that "I'd like just to continue to write songs that express my own life and feelings. Writing songs and performing for an audience is such a satisfying creative outlet that I can't think of anything else I could do to top it."
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