Chart Position: 4

  • #22 bestseller for 1969
  • Written by Neil Diamond
  • Guitar: Neil Diamond
  • The song’s inspiration was a magazine picture of John F. Kennedy’s daughter Caroline
  • Neil Diamond wrote the song in 1 hour in a Memphis TN hotel room
  • Recorded at the same Memphis TN recording studio where Elvis Presley made his legendary 1969 recordings
  • Produced by Chips Moman and Tommy Cogbill
  • Recorded in Memphis TN
  • This song was recorded 4 months after original issue of the 1969 LP Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show’, but was included on all post-1970 pressings of the LP
  • Diamond performed the song for Caroline Kennedy at her 50th birthday celebration in 2007
  • Three different mixes of the song have been released
  • Sweet Caroline is always played at Boston Red Sox home games in Fenway Park in Boston MA
  • A number of sports teams in the U.S. and U.K. have adopted this song as their official anthem
  • Later recorded by Bobby Womack and Peace (1972), Andy Williams, Brendan Bowyer and Royal Showband (1970), Elvis Presley (1970), Ventures (1970), Ray Conniff (1971), Frank Sinatra (1974),  Anthony Armstrong (1970), Waylon Jennings, Guster, Boots Randolph, Bobby Darin, Bobby Goldsboro, Tommy Steele (1979), Roy Orbison (1973), Joe Dolan, Me First and Gimme Gimmes (1997), Homer Louis Randolph III (1971), Angelo Venuto, Railbenders (2003),  and Langley Schools Music Project (2001)

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