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"Sweet Caroline" brings sweet relief

Neil Diamond donates all proceeds to bombing victims

By Mark C. Brown Apr 24, 2013 5:34PM
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"Sweet Caroline" has been in the news of late when the Neil Diamond classic was taken up as a song of victorious resilience against the carnage in Boston. The city had a long relationship with the song, and Diamond cemented it when he flew in to sing it specially at a Boston Red Sox game, where it has been a virtual anthem for the team for more than a decade. Other teams around the league played the song this week as well in tribute to the people of Boston.

In the wake of any tragedy connected with a song, the song sales inevitably soar. "Sweet Caroline" was no exception; the AP reported earlier today that according to Nielsen Soundscan, sales of the song had jumped nearly 600%, with 19,000 downloads this past week.

What's not inevitable is what happened next. The moment Diamond learned of the sales he immediately took to his Twitter feed @NeilDiamond and donated every penny of the royalties to the One Fund, the new charity set up by Massachusetts officials to help victims of the tragedy. It got $20 million in donations in the first week alone; Diamond's contribution will add to that. And it's another small yet huge gesture in getting life back to normal.
Apr 27, 2013 9:39AM
Was at a Neil Diamond concert in Seattle many years ago and he did that sone with something like 20 was unreal - he finally stopped and said enough...what a class act - always and always will be.  We in Canada are with you Boston!
Apr 27, 2013 8:08AM
He always did have CLASS, He just proved he is a Humane Person and not Greedy like a lot are. Too bad olthers have not followed his lead.
Apr 24, 2013 9:06PM
Nice move for a nice guy from New York.
Apr 24, 2013 8:17PM
The generosity and sensitivity of Neil Diamond are no surprise to me.

I took the Nevada Poster Boy for the Muscular Dystrophy Association to meet Neil before they filmed "America" for "The Jazz Singer."  Bobby was a HUGE N.D. fan (as am I -- one of the reasons we bonded at the MDA summer camp) and he drew a picture of Neil.  When Bobby gave the portrait to Neil, it was obvious the superstar was choked up.  He then literally gave Bobby the jacket off his back -- from the Neil Diamond Road Racing team.

Bobby treasured the jacket and was eventually buried in it.

Apr 24, 2013 8:01PM

The song was originally wrote for Caroline Kennedy years ago.

So appropriate since her family has ties in Massachusetts. 

Way to go Neil!  I am sure the Kennedy family is proud too...


Apr 24, 2013 7:46PM

Very sweet of Mr. Diamond...Flying into Boston...Love singing sweet Caroline at Fenway.

Very Classy Neil!

Apr 24, 2013 7:12PM

It's an American anthem now.  Way to go, Neil.  What a generous man.  It was announced at Fenway this week that he flew from California at his own expense so he could be there.  It was one of the most moving signs of hope and strength all week.  He sang that in Boston a couple of weeks after 9/11 at a concert I attended (warily as I was afraid to be in a crowd) and it felt so good even then...he did eight encores of it as we were brought back to the time before that awful day. 


Apr 24, 2013 7:12PM
Good Man Mr. Diamond

You've done more than raise the souls of a mourning city and nation, you've exemplified, by your generous actions, the essence of Boston Strong!! Sweet, oh so sweet, Caroline.

Apr 24, 2013 7:11PM
This is totally awesome.  Neil Diamond thank you for your heartfelt contribution.  For the people of Boston, your courage and strength is a reminder to all of us to stand strong no matter what happens. 
Apr 24, 2013 7:09PM
That's wonderful.  The nation's response to this horrendous terrorist attack has been tremendous.  Shows how decent and caring Americans are.  God Bless everyone who has contributed to mitigating the terrible effects of this horrid attack on our Country.  Hope all victims who survived can return to a normal life and their chances are better since so many generous people have donated so much time and money to make that happen.
Apr 24, 2013 6:53PM
Apr 24, 2013 6:52PM
That song always reminds me of when I met my husband because it played over and over again on the radio at that time.  It was a happy, magical time that I prefer to remember over the latter years and the divorce.  Whenever I think of my ex, my mind always seems to go back to the time when we met and were happy, before work, bills, kids and everything else got in the way.
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