WATCH | Born Jan. 24, 1941, Neil Diamond turns 76 today, and there are many reasons why the singer-songwriter makes his fans feel so good. (So good! So good! So good!)
The singer with the nickname "The Jewish Elvis" has sold more than 125 million records. And at one point, he was Elvis Presley's neighbor. "We had a running joke where if people would come to my house, I would send them to Elvis' house," Diamond said. "And he would send people looking for him to my house."
Diamond's buddy Paul Simon once joked that, at many synagogues, "Elvis was considered a bogus Neil Diamond."
Diamond was months away from an NYU diploma when he dropped out to write songs for pay.
Best known for singing the anthemic "Sweet Caroline," he is heard in the eighth inning of every Red Sox game.
He's a hit-making machine: 56 of his singles have charted on Billboard's Hot 100 list.
That's on top of his 48 albums to crack Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart.
His other hits include The Monkees and Smash Mouth's covers of "I'm a Believer," and UB40's "Red Red Wine."
He became even more of a legend when Will Ferrell impersonated him on "Saturday Night Live."
Elton John never forgot Diamond's support early in John's career: "You have no idea what that meant to me."
Some rock stars project a gritty image; Diamond has said, "I've never tried to be what I'm not."
During Diamond's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2009, he wasn't afraid to tweak Bruce Springsteen.
When Springsteen sang part of the chorus of "Sweet Caroline," Diamond joked, "You keep practicing! You're going places!"
This year marks a milestone for Diamond: He's kicking off his 50 Year Anniversary World Tour.
As five-time Emmy Award winner John Lithgow said of Diamond's fans at 2011's Kennedy Center Honors event, "We're all believers."