Brooklyn Roads

Album: Velvet Gloves and Spit (1967)
Charted: 58


  • "Brooklyn Roads" was Neil Diamond's first single for MCA records. The song introduced an epic, storytelling, orchestrated sound that Diamond would become known for.
  • The song was released as a single by MCA at the same time Diamond's old record label, Bang, released "Red Red Wine" as a single.
  • Diamond performed this on his 2008 tour with video clips from his Brooklyn, New York childhood on the video screen. Neil got teary eyed singing it at Madison Square Garden in New York City (as well as many in the crowd,who's story echoes that of "Brooklyn Roads").
  • Fellow Brooklynite singer Jane Olivor covered this on her Safe Return album. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Micky - New York, NY, for all above

Comments: 5

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyPer: {03-21-2018}...
    The Songwriters Hall of Fame announced Tuesday (March 20th, 2018) that their annual Johnny Mercer award (for a songwriter or songwriting team whose body of work is of such high quality and impact that it "upholds the gold standard set by the legendary Johnny Mercer”) will go to Neil Diamond. Neil will receive the award June 14th, 2018 in New York City...
    Personal Note: "Brooklyn Roads", my favorite of all his great records!!!
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaBarry, wasn't to good of a student either. can totally related to the Dreamer in the story.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 5th 1968, "Brooklyn Roads" by Neil Diamond entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #98; three weeks later on May 26th, 1968 it would peak at #58 {for 2 weeks} and spent 6 weeks on the Top 100...
    Was track five of side one from his first MCA's UNI album, 'Velvet Gloves and Spit'...
    Two other tracks from the album also made the Top 100 chart; "Two-Bit Manchild" {#66} and "Sunday Sun" {#68}.
  • Susan from Atlanta, GeorgiaI absolutely love this song. Makes me homesick, and I'm not even from Brooklyn.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyGreat, great song!!! {My favorite Diamond record}.
    What young boy can't related to the lyrics: "And report cards I was
    always afraid to show, Mama'd come to
    school; And as I'd sit there softly
    crying, Teacher'd say, "He's just not
    trying; He's got a good head if he'd apply
    it" But you know yourself, It's always
    somewhere else." (Boy did they hit home with me!!!}
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