Song of the Day Jan 10

January 10, 2024

This month I’m focusing on some great hits from the 60s.

Today our song is:  Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond

Wikipedia tells us this about the song:

"Sweet Caroline" is a song written and performed by American singer Neil Diamond and released in May 1969 as a single with the title "Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)". It was arranged by Charles Calello, and recorded at American Sound Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Diamond has provided different explanations for the song's origins. In a 2007 interview, he stated the inspiration for the song was John F. Kennedy's daughter, Caroline, who was 11 years old at the time it was released. Diamond sang the song for her at her 50th birthday celebration in 2007. On December 21, 2011, in an interview on CBS's The Early Show, Diamond said that a magazine cover photo of Caroline as a young child on a horse with her parents created an image in his mind, and the rest of the song came together about five years after seeing the picture. However, in 2014, Diamond said the song was about his then-wife Marcia, but he needed a three-syllable name to fit the melody.



  1. I think he wrote it for Caroline and the lyrics, atvthat time were probably innocent making him think how her dad would pick up his little girl or hold hands so it was meant to be innocent. Now, though, it has that creepy vibe. I don't think he meant it like a Charlie Chaplin way but it's still eeeeeeewwww. Now, at least for me.


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