The Jazz Singer (soundtrack)

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The Jazz Singer
Soundtrack album by Neil Diamond
Released November 10, 1980
Recorded 1980
Genre Pop, rock
Length 40:11
Label Capitol (original)
Columbia (reissue)
Producer Bob Gaudio
Neil Diamond chronology
September Morn
The Jazz Singer
On the Way to the Sky
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

The Jazz Singer is an album by Neil Diamond from 1980, which served as the soundtrack album to the 1980 remake of the film The Jazz Singer. The soundtrack was released in November 1980 originally on Capitol Records, instead of his then-usual Columbia Records, because the film was produced by EMI Films, owned by the parent company of the label for which the soundtrack was released. The soundtrack was re-released in February 1996 on Columbia Records in the United States and Sony elsewhere.

The film's reviews were negative, earning Diamond the first Razzie for Worst Actor at the 1st Golden Raspberry Awards, and bombed at the box office. However, its soundtrack was a huge success and became Neil Diamond's biggest selling album in the United States, selling over 5 million copies there and reaching #3 on the pop albums chart. This would mark the second time a Neil Diamond soundtrack outperformed the movie it came from (after Jonathan Livingston Seagull). Three of the songs from the album became Top 10 pop singles, with "Love on the Rocks", "Hello Again" and "America" reaching #2, #6, and #8 respectively.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "America"   Neil Diamond 4:18
2. "Adon Olom"   Traditional 0:32
3. "You Baby"   Neil Diamond 3:01
4. "Love on the Rocks"   Neil Diamond, Gilbert Bécaud 3:40
5. "Amazed and Confused"   Neil Diamond, Richard Bennett 2:53
6. "On the Robert E. Lee"   Neil Diamond, Gilbert Bécaud 2:03
7. "Summerlove"   Neil Diamond, Gilbert Bécaud 3:17
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hello Again"   Neil Diamond, Alan Lindgren 4:04
2. "Acapulco"   Neil Diamond, Doug Rhone 2:48
3. "Hey Louise"   Neil Diamond, Gilbert Bécaud 3:00
4. "Songs of Life"   Neil Diamond, Gilbert Bécaud 3:32
5. "Jerusalem"   Neil Diamond 3:03
6. "Kol Nidre/My Name Is Yussel"   Trad. adapt Neil Diamond, Uri Frenkel/Neil Diamond 1:38
7. "America (Reprise)"   Neil Diamond 2:22


  • Neil Diamond - guitar, vocals
  • Richard Bennett, Doug Rhone - guitar
  • Reinie Press - bass
  • Alan Lindgren - synthesizer, piano, conductor, arranger
  • Dennis St. John - drums
  • King Errisson, Vince Charles - percussion
  • Donny Gerard, H.L. Voelker, Linda Press, Luther Waters, Marilyn O'Brien, Oren Waters, Tom Hensley - background vocals