The Jewish Elvis: Pop Singer: Neil Diamond was JEWISH…
These days, whenever I listen to music, especially, I am much more perceptive. I often look at singers with "new eyes" so to speak, singers, actors, actresses and other famous people, even comedians, and I ask myself, WERE THEY JEWISH?
It is shocking how many famous names were Jewish. Just shocking.
I was listening to a nice song by Neil Diamond, being quite certain, he can’t be Jewish. Then I looked more closely at him, and I thought, is there a possibility he is Jewish?
Then I went to wikipedia and… can you believe it? JEWISH!!! The question is, whether these Jews really have talent, or whether their rise is due to The Tribe assisting each other, and I’m convinced it is the latter. Anyone in the West, who has even partial Jewish heritage is assisted upwards. There’s no question that the tribe functions as a racially united team as Alex Linder points out.
I’m just slicing out the parts that tell you of his Jewish links:-
Diamond was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Jewish family descended from Russian and Polish immigrants. His parents were Rose (née Rapoport) and Akeeba "Kieve" Diamond, a dry-goods merchant. He grew up in several homes in Brooklyn, having also spent four years in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where his father was stationed in the army. In Brooklyn he attended Erasmus Hall High School and was a member of the Freshman Chorus and Choral Club, along with classmate Barbra Streisand;:155 Diamond recalled they were not close friends at the time: "We were two poor kids in Brooklyn. We hung out in the front of Erasmus High and smoked cigarettes." After his family moved, he then attended Abraham Lincoln High School, and was a member of the fencing team. Also on the team was his best friend, future Olympic fencer Herb Cohen.
For his 16th birthday, he received his first guitar. When he was 16 and still in high school, Diamond spent a number of weeks at Surprise Lake Camp,:21 a camp for Jewish children in upstate New York, when folk singer Pete Seeger performed a small concert. Seeing the widely recognized singer perform, and watching other children singing songs for Seeger that they wrote themselves, had an immediate effect on Diamond, who then became aware of the possibility of writing his own songs. "And the next thing, I got a guitar when we got back to Brooklyn, started to take lessons and almost immediately began to write songs," he said. He added that his attraction to songwriting was the "first real interest" he had growing up, while also helping him release his youthful "frustrations".
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The film’s failure was due in part to Diamond never having acted professionally before. "I didn’t think I could handle it," he said later, seeing himself as "a fish out of water.":85 For his performance, Diamond became the first-ever winner of a Worst Actor Razzie Award, even though he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the same role. Critic David Wild noted that the film showed that Diamond was open about his religion: "Who else but this Jewish Elvis could go multi-platinum with an album that featured a version of ‘the Kol Nidre?’" Diamond later told the Los Angeles Times, "For me, this was the ultimate bar mitzvah.":85