Sweet Caroline

Neil Diamond held onto the secret for decades, but he has finally revealed that President Kennedy’s daughter was the inspiration for his smash hit “Sweet Caroline.”

Diamond was a “young, broke songwriter” when a photo of the president’s daughter in a news magazine caught his eye.

“It was a picture of a little girl dressed to the nines in her riding gear, next to her pony,” Diamond recalled. “It was such an innocent, wonderful picture, I immediately felt there was a song in there.”

Years later, holed up in a hotel in Memphis, he would write the words and music in less an hour.

{November 20, 2007 article}

Diamond is a symbol of American culture and he was the most profitable touring act of the Nineties, earning $182m. Today, this tall, lean figure talks in a calm, methodical manner.

extract from Neil Diamond interview

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