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Neil Diamond – Entertainer, Singer, Songwriter

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Neil Leslie Diamond was born on January 24, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York. He received his high school diploma from Abraham Lincoln High School and later attended New York University on a fencing scholarship.

He had aspirations of pursuing a life in medicine, specifically as a laboratory biologist. However, during his senior year at NYU a music publishing company offered to pay him $50 per week to write songs. That was his beginning. Read more »

TOP 10 AEROSMITH SONGS OF THE ’70S

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Whether it be a sick Joe Perry riff or a signature Steven Tyler howl, there’s always something extraordinary on the Top 10 Aerosmith songs of the ’70s. After breaking onto the scene in 1973, the group churned out classic track after classic track to become one of the decade’s biggest bands. With stellar albums like ‘Rocks,’ ‘Toys in the Attic,’ ‘Night in the Ruts,’ ‘Get Your Wings,’ ‘Draw the Line,’ and their self-titled debut, there was no shortage of tracks to choose from. See what made the cut on our Top 10 Aerosmith Songs of the ’70s list.

10 ‘You See Me Crying
From: ‘Toys in the Attic’ (1975)
For a band known for their gritty, in-your-face attack, Aerosmith did occasionally show restraint. ‘You See Me Crying’ is such a track for the band, with Tyler showing a knack for rock ballads that would serve him well in the decades to come. The song finds the group utilizing piano and a backing orchestra, and due to this complex arrangement, it’s rarely played live. The track is also notable for the fact that Brad Whitford plays lead guitar, while Perry takes a step back.

9 ‘Remember (Walking in the Sand)’
From: ‘Night in the Ruts’ (1979)
While Aerosmith took this Shangri-La’s song and definitely made it their own, they did so with a nod to the past, hiring Mary Weiss from the Shangri-La’s to provide backing vocals. ‘Remember (Walking in the Sand)’ was the lone single off the ‘Night in the Ruts’ album, and came during a turbulent time for the band. While in the studio, the band’s label sent them back on the road to offset some of their growing debt. Joe Perry left the band during the tour after an argument, and ‘Remember’ became one of the tracks recorded after his exit.

8 ‘Draw the Line’
From: ‘Draw the Line’ (1977)
Aerosmith is in fine form on this one, with guitarists Perry and Whitford working off each other to create some nasty guitar interplay, while Joey Kramer’s drumming kicking things off with a jolt. In concert, the song has transformed with Perry getting an extended solo to utilize either his guitar or a theramin. Meanwhile, Tyler sings about a night out with a woman named Carrie and trying to keep up with how far the partying will go.

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