Share this page. Tracklistings come from MusicBrainz. You can add or edit information about The Jazz Singer at musicbrainz. Find out more about our use of this data , and also our policy on profanity. Find out more about our use of this data. Chris Roberts It was a multimedia extravaganza. It was a social media blitzkrieg that, by all accounts, proved to be an innovative way to widen his fan base.
In October , Diamond released Acoustic Christmas , a folk-inspired Christmas album of original songs as well as acoustic versions of holiday classics. Produced by Was and Lee, who had produced Melody Road , the idea for the album began to take shape as the Melody Road sessions ended. To "channel the intimate atmosphere of '60s folk, Diamond recorded Acoustic Christmas with a handful of musicians, sitting around a circle of microphones, wires and, of course, Christmas lights.
In March , the career-spanning anthology Neil Diamond 50 — 50th Anniversary Collection was released. In , "Sweet Caroline" was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". On June 25, , The New York Times Magazine listed Diamond among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the Universal fire.
In January , Diamond announced that he would immediately retire from touring due to having been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. An announcement on his official website said he was not retiring from music and that the cancellation of the live performances would allow him to "continue his writing, recording and development of new projects.
In Diamond was featured on the 4th episode of the new detective drama " Mannix " as the "featured" artist in a small underground club called "The BAD SCENE" and was interrupted during his singing by one of many fights that took place weekly on the Mannix program. In the comedy film Saving Silverman , the main characters play in a Diamond cover band , and Diamond made an extended cameo appearance as himself.
Diamond even wrote and composed a new song, "I Believe in Happy Endings", for the film. In , Diamond gave filmmaker Greg Kohs permission to use his songs in a documentary.
Kohs followed them for eight years and produced the film Song Sung Blue , but he needed permission to use Diamond's songs. The movie was sent to the singer in January at the recommendation of Eddie Vedder, a supporter of the film and of the duo.
Though Sardina had died in , Diamond invited his widow and her family to be his front-row guests at his show in Milwaukee, where he told them he was moved by the film. Diamond has been married three times. In , he married his high-school sweetheart, Jaye Posner, who had become a schoolteacher. They had two daughters, Marjorie and Elyn. On December 5, , Diamond married production assistant Marcia Murphey.
In , Diamond began a lengthy, live-in relationship with Australian Rae Farley after the two met in Brisbane , Australia. The songs on Home Before Dark were written and composed during her struggle with chronic back pain. Diamond said that his album Melody Road was fueled by their relationship, explaining: "There's no better inspiration or motivation for work than being in love.
It's what you dream of as a creative person. I was able to complete this album — start it, write it and complete it — under the spell of love, and I think it shows somehow. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the American singer-songwriter. For the Cree-Canadian filmmaker, see Neil Diamond filmmaker. American singer-songwriter. Brooklyn, New York , U. Jaye Posner m. Katie McNeil m. Pop rock folk country soft rock. I have a love-hate relationship with songwriting.
I love it because it's so satisfying I hate it because it forces you to dig inside yourself. It is without question the most difficult thing I do. Performing, on the other hand, is the most joyful and happiest thing I do.
The bigger the audience the more anticipation, the more excitement. Main article: Neil Diamond discography. I wanted to study. And I really wanted to find a cure for cancer. My grandmother had died of cancer. And I was always very good at the sciences. And I thought I would go and try and discover the cure for cancer. Sky News. January 23, Retrieved January 24, Retrieved February 15, Rolling Stone.
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Linked Data More info about Linked Data. All rights reserved. The rift with the father is recast as upset over sex rather than jazz, something I think is a big mistake. And the script and production values other than the songs is horrible, Laurence Olivier embarrasses himself and us all every thing he speaks with some sort of faux stage accent.
Everyone is, save one, but he is the worst. The only good actor is on screen only a few times: he is the booker, played by Sully Boyar, and every time he shows up to speak, the sun shines. Doesn't kill the mold though. Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.
My wife loves this film. NB this is satire - I have nothing against wives,greeks or shopping centres. You don't have to be Jewish to hate this movie but I am a little concerned that "The Jazz Singer" is so inextricably bound up in that faith that to give it a bad crit might be considered somehow anti-semitic.
In fact you could transpose the plot into a Muslim musical or a Jehovah's Witness musical without too much effort,so I hope I am not going to offend too many faiths by saying that I found it very,very bad. So bad that it was not even so bad it was good,if you follow me. I have no feelings one way or the other well,not the other,actually about Neil Diamond who is obviously very popular.
Popular singers make movies - who's to blame them? Blame their agents if you like. They don't often make good movies. Some kind person ought to have told Mr Diamond that if you don't learn from the mistakes of history you are doomed to repeat them. They didn't and he did.
Laurence Olivier was cast as Mr Diamond's father. Presumably he was unavoidably detained elsewhere and the producers scoured the Old Folks Homes of west L. I hope he didn't give up his day job. The other possibility,that Olivier actually turned up,does not bear thinking about. It wouldn't be fair for me to comment on the songs,but a lot of people like them apparently. The original "Jazz Singer" was pretty dire,but at least it was innovatory.
Pity,it would have added a bit of class. The biggest mistake that Neil Diamond made in doing this film was calling it "The jazz singer",because it is not a remake of the classic Jolson film. That said, let me say that i really enjoyed this film. Diamond does and admirable job as the young would be cantor caught between his love of music and his love for his father, and he doesn't seem to be intmidated by the fact that Laurence Olivier plays his father.
The film moves fairly well once Yussel decides to follow his dream and pursue a career in music. It probably isn't the best movie ev er made, but it is certainly worth a look. And the music score is wonderful. Definitely worth a look. This is a terrible movie. Neil Diamond can't act Laurence Olivier was just looking to make a quick buck The plot is just too predictable and trite But worst of all, the music doesn't work.
How can we believe this Yussuf character has any talent at all let alone reaches stardom when the songs are all so Don't get me wrong.
I love a lot of Diamond's '70s classics. But the songs in this movie don't even come close. It would have been a far more interesting movie as a true-life biopic of Diamond's own story with himself in the starring role if we must , and with songs such as 'I am, I Said' and 'Daydream Believer' on the soundtrack. I admit it, I like Neil Diamond.
He's a great songwriter he's probably written a lot of your favourite songs too, you're just not aware of the fact , a great showman, a fine and distinctive singer and he's unfairly maligned by people who should know better.
But this film should never have been made. The soundtrack is great, of course - you get Love On The Rocks, you get Hello Again, you get America which is stirring and emotional even for a dyed-in-the-wool Brit who's never even been to the States , you get Hello Again But Neil's acting leaves a lot to be desired. Olivier, clearly going through his "any old crap as long as the money's right" phase, is hilarious for all the wrong reasons as his father.
The black-face scenes are just plain wrong - it's funny when Bill Oddie does black-face in The Goodies because his character's a child at heart and it's a surreal show anyway, but the idea of a Jewish rock wannabe blacking up to swindle a club crowd - only to have the ruse tumbled by a genuine black man shouting "that ain't no brother! Buy the CD, yes. Forget the film even exists. Critics are too hard on this film.
Yes, for a remake of a classic, this is nothing terrific. Still, the remake of the Jazz Singer has as many moments as the original did. The opening montage alone is worth renting this movie. Opening with the statue of liberty, the camera showcases all the different colors, faces and cultures that New York City is made of.
Yes Neil Diamond is not a terrific actor The amazing talent of Laurence Olivier helps cancel out the bad acting from Neil Diamond. Still, for a singer, Diamond does a good job in this role.
For fans of Neil Diamond, this is worth watching for the music alone. Still, I was hoping, out of respect for the original Jazz Singer, have some of the remake made into a silent film. All in all, a nice little movie with good music, even for Although one cannot escape their past, one can always dream, what if? And like an itch if you don't scratch it it just keeps growing and growing till you have to.
I don't know how historically "The Jazz Singer" is but every time I watch it I believe that there was that itch that Mr. Diamond had to scratch, regardless of whatever the future brought. My brother was hired as a junior at University of Kentucky to play 1st chair in the production "Hair" in He burned out some and became a broker in real estate there but the itch came back.
Now he moved to South Carolina on climate and is working hard playing again. His first wife said it was his horn or her, well we know who won, just like the itch. Diamond has the ability to bring up my soul and in the movie juggle the singer verses his religious role. To quit premed 6 month before graduation says that "I will do it or bust". The movie is a great role model for todays youth. Like the movie had in it a line "One musician can always find another".
I know with my brother it is true, from coast to coast. His instructors at UK became his students. I one time saw him talking to Charlie Dianels and said are you going to see him? He said no, why should he, he worked for me. My mother always called him poor little rich boy. Riches are in the heart and are not always confined to money. Diamond is indeed rich beyond words in my humble opinion. Good show Mr.
Kol Nidre. A Jewish cantor follows his dreams against his families wishes. You can add or Broken Bones - Karras - Karras 2011 information about The Jazz Singer at musicbrainz. I only have two complaints: one is that this is The Storm Before The Calm - Anathema - Universal only movie he's been in until Saving Silverman-- Sacramento - James Last - Non Stop Party 14 he had just a Blood Flood - Parsifall - Tears To Wine. Retrieved April 17, The Son Para Un Sonero - Quinto Mayor - Montuno Al Piso.! possibility,that Olivier actually turned up,does not bear thinking about. Diamond recalled: "Hot August Night" captures a very special show for me. Through the struggles of being a musician,and "finding himself",Diamond meets up with Lucie Arnaz,the talented daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. WorldCat is the world's largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online.
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