Friday, May 16, 2008
The Hills, pt. 3
With his album Home Before Dark landing at the top of the Billboard album charts, Neil Diamond has become the oldest living performer with a Number One album. Diamond, 67, beats out the record held by The Artist Formerly Known As Zimmy, whose Modern Times went to Number One (deservedly so) a little less than two years ago, when he was 65. Diamond, believe it or not, is exactly four months older than Dylan, if you know what I mean. (Thanks to OPC friend GAK for alerting us to this bit of trivia.)
Ray Charles and Johnny Cash both had posthumous Number One albums when they were in their seventies, if Diamond wants to go for that mark. (Like Cash, Diamond hit the top spot with a Rick Rubin-produced outing.) The Gentile Elvis, for the record, would have been a mere whelp of 67 when his ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits went to Number One late in 2002.