If you made a bet that rock legend Neil Diamond's real name was Neil Diamond, well, you'd win. Neil Leslie Diamond was born on this date in Brooklyn, New York in 1941.

His Polish immigrant parents gave him his first guitar when he was five, he wrote his first song at 15 and the rest, as the cliche goes, is history.

With dozens of million selling hits to his credit including 'Cherry Cherry', 'Solitary Man', I am, I Said' and numerous others, we say 'Happy Birthday' to Akeeba and Rose Diamond's little boy, Neil, turning 73 years old today!