Neil Diamond Television Appearances
- American Bandstand
("You Got To Me," "Solitary Man")
August 1 -
(I have a TV listing (in the midwest) for Neil on the Mike Douglas show. Other guests were Patty Duke, Tessie O'Shea, Ronnie Martin, and Louis Font. - Bev)
("The Boat That I Row," "Raisin Cane," "Solitary Man")
- From The Bitter End
(Other guests were Odetta and the Lovin' Spoonful. Fred Weintraub was the host. - Bev)
16 - Popendipity
(Neil was on a TV special called "Popendipity" which aired on Thursday night, November 16, 1967. I don't remember the network; it may have been ABC. It was scheduled at the last minute because of some kind of strike at the network that prevented regular programming from being shown. Neil sang "Shilo". The hosts were Flip Wilson, the well-known U.S. comedian, and Robie Porter, an Australian, whom I think was also a comedian. There were many other guests, including the Buffalo Springfield and Aretha Franklin. - Regina Litman)
(I know that I saw Neil at least once on a show called "Where The Action Is". I only watched this show regularly between December 12, 1966, and the time the show went off the air in late March 1967, so it was in that time period. (I am posting this under 1967 because this time period contains more 1967 dates than 1966 dates.)
"Where The Action Is" was a show produced by Dick Clark, who had also done "American Bandstand". It was shown on ABC-TV Monday through Friday in the after school time period. Many of the hitmakers of the day were guest stars. There were several regulars on the show, too, most notably Paul Revere and the Raiders, who got their big break as a result of this show. The regulars often did their own versions of the big hits of the day (see last paragraph of this message). This show was ostensibly shot on location in the "hot spots" of the world, but the shows mainly seemed to come from Hollywood, probably on sets made up to look like these hot spots.
When Neil was on, the host, who may have been Dick Clark himself, interviewed him about his songwriting. "I'm A Believer" by the Monkees was a big hit during this time period, and of course, Neil had written this song, so it got mentioned during this interview. They also mentioned "Sunday And Me" by Jay and the Americans, which had been a hit a year or two earlier. I believe that Neil sang (or, more likely, lip-synced to) "I Got The Feeling (Oh, No, No)", a hit record he had around that time. If his appearance was in February or March of 1967, he may have also done "You Got To Me" and/or "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon".
I also remember two of the regular acts on "Action" doing covers of songs written by Neil on other shows (not ones on which Neil appeared). Steve Alaimo did "I Got The Feeling (Oh, No, No)", and a group called The Hard Times did "I'm A Believer". - Regina Litman)
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