Neil Diamond: 5 Songs That Influenced Me
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Recording artist Neil Diamond performs onstage at Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee at The Beverly Hilton on February 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Michael Kovac/Getty

Neil Diamond is currently on the road in the U.S., in the midst of a lengthy world tour celebrating his 50th anniversary as a recording artist. "It's been very heartening to me," the singer-songwriter told Rolling Stone in December after seeing the positive response to the initial shows that went on sale. "I've been doing this 50 years and to have an audience that's out there and anxious and enthusiastic is exciting." In the spirit of the tour, Diamond reminisced about five songs that shaped his musical direction.