“Sweet Caroline” is a classic hit from the prolific American singer-songwriter Neil Diamond, released on June 28, 1969. The song was released as a single and later included in Diamond’s album, “Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show.” Diamond was inspired to write “Sweet Caroline” in just an hour in a Memphis hotel, initially sparked by a photograph of a young Caroline Kennedy, daughter of then President John F. Kennedy. Despite this inspiration, Diamond has emphasized that the song is about feelings evoked by the image, rather than the person in the picture.
Upon its release, “Sweet Caroline” was an immediate success, peaking at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. Its catchy chorus and engaging rhythm propelled the song to iconic status, securing its place in popular culture. Over the years, “Sweet Caroline” has become a beloved sing-along staple at various public events, especially at Boston Red Sox games, furthering its reputation as a communal anthem. Its enduring popularity and universal appeal have solidified “Sweet Caroline” as one of Neil Diamond’s most cherished and recognized songs.