In the 1970s, Oprah says she had an obsession…with music legend Neil Diamond! She awoke every morning to the sweet sounds of "Song Sung Blue" and fell asleep every night to his hit "Cracklin' Rosie."
While she was working as a news anchor in Nashville, Oprah attended a benefit where Neil was performing. When she walked into the green room backstage, she spotted him and strolled right over.
"I say, 'Mr. Diamond, would you like some shrimp?'" Oprah says. He accepted a shrimp and then went across the room…where Oprah followed!
"I ask, 'Would you like another shrimp?'" she remembers. After taking a second helping, he walked away and Oprah says she made the mistake of following him again!
Finally, as she approached him for the third time, he raised his hand and said, "Enough already." Oprah says she was mortified!
The audience can't help singing along!
Neil says the critical acclaim has made him feel great. "I don't think I've received reviews like this for 30 years," he says. "For it to come out of the blue like this is amazing. I never expected it and there it was."
Oprah brings out three costumes that Neil's stylist, Bill Whitten, designed for him years ago. Neil says he keeps all his outfits stored in a Los Angeles warehouse, and he's not sure what to do with them!