After five years of struggle, Neil Diamond finally hit the big time when he signed with the Bang label in early 1966. His first four singles all reached the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Hot 100 with three reaching the top 20. All were up-tempo pop/rock songs with catchy hooks.
He went in a different direction with his fifth single for the label. “Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon” was his first true ballad to become a hit. Released during early January of 1967, it reached number ten on the Hot 100. It was the first of dozens of ballads that would define his career.