Australian singles charts:
Sweet Caroline entered the Kent charts on 6 September 1969 and peaked at #3. The song was #33 on the Top 100 of 1969.
Sweet Caroline was originally a non-album single but was added to later pressings in the USA of Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show.
Diamond wrote this song about his second wife, Marcia Murphey, whom he married in 1969 (they divorced in 1995). He needed a three-syllable name to fit the melody, however, so “Sweet Marcia” didn’t work. The name Caroline is one he had written down, and it fit the song perfectly, so that’s what he used.
There was longtime speculation that the song is about Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the American president John F. Kennedy. Diamond has since revealed that this Caroline gave him the idea for the name, but had nothing to do with the song’s inspiration.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/neil-diamond/sweet-caroline
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