Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the year-old shared an updated version of his hit single with his acoustic guitar in hand and his dog nearby. Switching up the third verse of the fan-favorite tune, Neil encouraged everyone to wash their hands and practice social distancing during the COVID pandemic — both approved recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Give it a try, okay? Thank you Neil for being a national treasure, and being the breath of fresh air we need in these trying times. For can't-miss news, expert beauty advice, genius home solutions, delicious recipes, and lots more, sign up for the Good Housekeeping newsletter. Help save lives. Product Reviews. Home Ideas. United States.
Neil Diamond wrote ‘Sweet Caroline’ with his wife in mind
So who was Neil Diamond singing about in this legendary tune? Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline. And in , Diamond revealed that the rumors were partly true. Diamond was inspired to write the song after seeing a picture of 9-year-old Caroline Kennedy in a magazine while staying in Memphis.
In a interview, Diamond stated the inspiration for his song was John F. Kennedy 's daughter, Caroline , who was eleven years old at the time it was released. The song reached No. In the autumn of , Diamond performed "Sweet Caroline" on several television shows. It later reached No. There are three distinct mixes of this song. In the original mono 45 mix, the orchestra and glockenspiel are more prominent than in the stereo version on the Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show LP. It has a longer fade as well. I won't touch you. The song has been played at Fenway Park , home of Major League Baseball 's Boston Red Sox , since at least ,  and in the middle of the eighth inning at every game since
The carefree singable track debuted in May , becoming the ultimate summer hit, spending 14 weeks on the charts, peaking at No. The Caroline whose sweetness has charmed audiences for decades remained a mystery until Diamond revealed the inspiration in a childhood photo of Caroline Kennedy , daughter of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The unlikely inspiration came from a photo of Kennedy when she was about seven years old — even though Diamond was 17 years her senior. Most songs take planning and thought. And the song pretty much spilled onto the page. The most challenging part of the song was finding the right name to dedicate the simple love song too. At the time, he was married to Marcia Murphey, and had promised her a song. He had been taken by a photo of Kennedy in a news magazine. While it remained in the back of his head, the name finally found its lyrical match about five years later in that Memphis hotel room.