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The sheer concentration of hits, from "I'm a Believer" and "Red Red Wine" made famous by the Monkees and UB40 respectively, to "Girl, You'll Be a Woman, Soon" and "Monday, Monday", is astonishing when you consider the brief period over which they were written.
Diamond may have rarely been the critics' choice, but these songs are as embedded in our cultural consciousness as anything by Bob Dylan.
He has sold around 125 million records and was the most profitable live act of the 1990s.
Right now he is in the midst of one of his biggest tours in years.
I am well aware that there are people who would trade vital organs to be in my shoes.
Sure, life on the road can be hard going, but there's always a friendly face around somewhere, there's always a poker game to be had, or someone to take a walk with out of my hotel. I've been doing it a long time." Last month Diamond also released The Bang Years, an album of his songs covering the brief period between 19, when he was making the move from being a writer-for-hire on Tin Pan Alley to a performer in his own right.
Then there was 2008's Glastonbury, where he was a huge hit among the muddy masses, and proved that, whether or not the songs are to your taste, he is one hell of a showman. It's how this business works." Curiously, Diamond talks just as he sings.
Finally, in March this year, in a mark of acceptance from the critical elite, Diamond was finally inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame. It's fine," he says, a little flatly, back at his hotel. His rich, tremulous voice would sound wracked with melancholy reading the football results.
On the eve of a UK tour, Fiona Sturges meets Neil Diamond, the septuagenarian singer for whom the show really must go on In a cavernous concert hall on the outskirts of Rotterdam, Neil Diamond stands centre stage, bathed in a deep blue light.
With music murmuring quietly behind him, he tells the tale of how his grandmother made a gruelling journey by boat to New York in 1912, and how she had begun her voyage in this Dutch city.