Celebrate Neil Diamond’s 80th birthday with little-known facts about the singer

Lara Spencer reports the buzziest stories of the day in "GMA" Pop News.
3:46 | 01/25/21

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Transcript for Celebrate Neil Diamond’s 80th birthday with little-known facts about the singer
But right now, it's time for "Pop news" with Lara Spencer, ladies and gentlemen. Good morning, Lara. Did you have a good weekend? Yes, I shurd did, robin. Hello to you all. It's a special day because if you'll hear the music, we all love him so much. The one and only Neil diamond celebrating a big one, his 80th birthday yesterday and to celebrate someone we love so much, who's contributed so much to the music our lives, we thought we would share some fun facts about Neil. Like his real name, Neil diamond. He wanted to change it actually. While music was his calling there were a few other jobs that diamond considered. In 1958, he enrolled at nyu in their premed program, he went on a fencing scholarship, he dropped out to pursue music, that worked out, he was present with an honorary degree. Neil diamond who wrote this song -- I'm a believer, written by the one and only Neil diamond. He's been nominated 13 times for a grammy and last laughs on us, he's got 130 million albums sold worldwide. Neil diamond, you're a treasure. Happy birthday. Lara, Lara, Lara. Lara, that report was so good. So good. So good. Thank you, robin. Even with the delay it was perfection. Also this morning, a geological discovery that's -- take a look at this rock, found in Brazil. That's not manufactured, that's how it looked when it opened up. It bears a striking resemblance too the cookie monster. Discovered it in the agate in Brazil. Back in November. It's gained rock star status. Yeah, I said it, due to its unique formation. Because of that it may be worth some serious cookie Doug, north of $10,000. You don't believe me in. No, no. Do not. Believe that. Riva left. She was like -- Finally, it's girl scouts cookie season. One little girl that we predict big things for, check out this second grader, learned how to deliver a very convincing sales pitch. Hello. I'm selling cookies again. We have a new cookie. It's French toast flavored. How cool is that? Like, who would want a crumb -- how many cookies would you like to buy? Her mom posted that video to Facebook writing, cookie time, who wants to help this little girl meet her goal. But guess what, this morning, she's already halfway through and I have no doubt that she'll make her goal. Future CEO, I predict. Love her passion, Lara. Now to our "Gma" cover story, dance moms star jojo siwa

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