ATLANTA • In the late 1960s, Neil Diamond (left) stated he was “about to go hungry” and that he had a brand new child.
With his profession stalling, he wanted a success to herald the bacon.
“I simply had an hour to do it. We had rented house, and in these days, you used to file three songs in three hours, and I had solely two songs.
“I had to write one more song,” he advised Billboard journal.
That music turned out to be Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good), which peaked at No. four in America in 1969.
“That sweet girl… saved me from a fate worse than death – which would’ve been working as a civilian somewhere,” he added.
Diamond, who went on to develop into one in all pop music’s most iconic performers, with different hits similar to You Don’t Bring Me Flowers (1977) and Song Sung Blue (1972), will probably be feted with a prime award on the Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in New York on June 14.
But was there a real-life Caroline behind the music that bailed him out of robust instances?
Diamond, 77, stated in 2007 that American president John F. Kennedy’s daughter Caroline had offered the inspiration.