This was the song that changed my opinion of Neil Leslie Diamond
When I first heard "Solitary Man" (via the mid-80s cover by the Ups & Downs) I was astounded to find out it was a Neil Diamond song. I picked up Neil's Classics album, and was surprised that (a) Most of the songs were really great and (b) I knew many of them from other artists -- "Kentucky Woman" by Deep Purple, "I'm A Believer" by the Monkees, "Red Red Wine" by UB40, etc. And his original versions .. rocked!
Who knew Mr. "Love On The Rocks" used to be a real rocker?