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Neil Diamond by Any Other Name Would Still Be a Hitmaker

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By    |   Monday, 20 Oct 2014 10:23 AM

Neil Diamond once considered using a stage name, for fear his real name was underwhelming. Two of his top choices were Noah Kaminsky and Ice Charry. 

"I actually did have a couple of stage names that I wanted very much to use because, although Neil Diamond may sound cool now, when I was about to put my first record out, it was just my name and [it was] pretty boring. Nothing particularly interesting about it," the hitmaker revealed during a recent Q&A session on Reddit.com, MSN News reported Saturday.

"My first name was the one the kids around the street made fun of, because there was hardly anybody around who had that name, and I was anxious to get rid of that name on my first record, but I chickened out for personal reasons and stuck with my own name, and it worked out pretty good."

Diamond's new album, "Melody Road," debuts Tuesday. It is the 73-year-old's 32nd album, and follows 2008's well-received "Home Before Dark" which charted at number 1 upon its release.

"The story of 'Melody Road' is the story of my life," Diamond told AFP reporters ahead of the album release. "It takes us through my experiences over a period of years, my observations, my impressions . . . It's a journey, a musical journey."

According to Yahoo News, The Guardian (UK) newspaper called the Brooklyn native's latest creation a "schmaltzy but well-crafted honeymoon album," inspired by his 2012 marriage to his third wife Kate McNeil, three decades his junior.

Detailing the pen-names his megahit "Sweet Caroline" could have been released under, Diamond teased his fans during the Q&A.

"You wanna hear the other choices?" he asked.

"My two other main choices were: Noah Kaminsky, which had biblical underpinnings and great character, and secondly Ice Charry, which I thought was pure rock 'n' roll. But both those names are relegated to the dustbin of rock 'n' roll history and I'm so glad that they are."

We are too, Mr. Diamond. We are too.



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