AP Photo, Michael Dwyer NEW YORK (AP) - Neil Diamond is donating this week's…
- Posted on Sep 28th 2010 3:00PM by Steve Baltin
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"I was thrilled and surprised to hear that I was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," Diamond tells Spinner.
Already a member of the Songwriting Hall of Fame, Diamond has enjoyed success in more than six decades with such hit singles as 'Sweet Caroline,' 'Solitary Man,' 'Forever in Blue Jeans' and countless more. On top of that, several of his songs, including 'I'm a Believer,' 'Red Red Wine' and 'Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon,' have become smashes for other artists. More recently, he's enjoyed critical acclaim for his two collaborations with producer Rick Rubin, '12 Songs' and 'Home Before Dark.'
Despite all that success, Diamond has frequently been the classic example of how a beloved artist can be written off by critics as too populist. But today, Diamond and his fans have found a measure of vindication.