Neil Leslie Diamond was born January 24, 1941 in Brooklyn, New
York. He grew up in several homes in the New York City borough of
Brooklyn, attending Erasmus Hall and Abraham Lincoln High Schools. At
Erasmus Hall, he took part in SING! and sang in the school choir with
Barbra Streisand. At Lincoln, the school from which he received his high
school diploma, he was a member of the fencing team. Diamond spent his
early career as a songwriter in the Brill Building. His first success as
a songwriter came in November, 1965 with the song "Sunday and Me"
performed by Jay and the Americans.
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