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With Theron's incredible resemblance to the real Neil Diamond's vocals, it's no wonder the Black Diamond Show makes headlines!        
April 7, 2011

When Theron Denson was growing up in Fort Leonard Wood and Columbia, ladies at church would tell him he sounded like Neil Diamond.

"I was like 'Who's Neil Diamond?' I thought I was going to church with him for a long time," said Denson. "After like the 500th caucasian lady said it me, I figured out that he didn't go to my church."

When he was 15, Denson bought a Neil Diamond album and fell in love with the music.

"The madness began at that point. Unbeknownst to me, every day for the rest of my life I was going to hear or utter the words Neil Diamond," Denson said.

Denson, an African-American Neil Diamond impersonator who calls himself Black Diamond, will perform from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at City Grill & Blue Room, 5384 W. U.S. 54, Osage Beach. Tickets are $10.

Denson has performed for U.S. presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, opened for the Pointer Sisters and appeared on Jimmy Kimmel's talk show.

He landed the one-night gig at the lake after Darin Bricker saw Denson perform in Columbia. Bricker owns Pick's Gallery at the lake, which sells fireplaces, including one with a black diamond burner, and he thought it would be fun to have a "Black Diamond" week.

Once the Blue Room was on board, Denson had a venue. While based in Las Vegas, Denson said he's happy to be back in Missouri.

Donna Rue Boatright remembers him from junior high in Waynesville.