1972 Neil Diamond – Walk On Water
Neil Diamond recorded and released his first single of 1972 in May, and Song Sung Blue quickly topped the Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary (AC) chart. He followed that in July with the release of his eighth studio album, Moods.
The album reached the top five and spawned two more hit records.
Play Me came out in August and the record reached #11 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the AC chart.
His last single in 1972 was Walk On Water. While the single stalled at only #17 on the Hot 100, it did even better than its predecessor on the AC chart (where it reached #2).
Neil spent the better part of 1972 making live appearances, often in smaller venues. They recorded his performance on August 24, 1972, and released it as the album Hot August Night in December.
The album contained the live recording of Walk On Water.
His live rendition of an old classic, Cherry, Cherry, became a single in early 1973 that reached #31 on the Hot 100.
Neil spent most of 1973 creating the soundtrack for the film Jonathan
Livingston Seagull. While the album sold well and received critical acclaim, Neil was very disappointed in the way they treated his music in the film and insisted he would never again work on a soundtrack unless he had complete control.
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