Di­a­mond’s mys­tery muse was JFK’s daugh­ter Caro­line

The Sunday Guardian - - Young & Restless -

Song: Sweet Caro­line Artist: Neil Di­a­mond La­bel: Saregama Pro­ducer: S.D Bur­man A pic­ture of an in­no­cent lit­tle girl in­spired Amer­i­can singer-song­writer Neil Di­a­mond to pen one of the big­gest songs of his ca­reer. But the woman in the pic­ture re­mained a mys­tery for 40 long years, un­til Di­a­mond re­vealed in 2007 that Caro­line Kennedy, the daugh­ter of Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy, was the inspiratio­n be­hind this song. It took Di­a­mond less than an hour to pen the lyrics of this chart top­ping num­ber a few years af­ter he found a pic­ture of Caro­line, aged nine, pos­ing next to a pony in her rid­ing gear in a mag­a­zine.

Di­a­mond is said to have per­formed the song for his muse on her 50th birth­day. She was smit­ten by the song, con­trary to Di­a­mond’s be­lief that she would be dis­com­fited by its ro­man­tic words. Sweet Caro­line took Di­a­mond’s abat­ing ca­reer to new heights, sell­ing more than 2 mil­lion copies. It also be­came a sing-along rage at sport­ing events for Fen­way Park, home to the Bos­ton Red Sox base­ball team and the New York Rangers. It was first played at the games in the hon­our of a Red Sox em­ployee who named her daugh­ter Caro­line in 1998.

Ranked as the most prof­itable solo per­former of 1986 by Bill­board mag­a­zine, Di­a­mond’s Sweet Caro­line is one of the most fa­mous karaoke num­bers in Amer­ica. Though it has been ‘cov­ered’ by artists like Elvis Pres­ley, Way­lon Jen­nings and The Drifters; Frank Si­na­tra’s ver­sion is Di­a­mond’s per­sonal favourite. He said in an in­ter­view, “He did it his way. He didn’t cop my record at all. I’ve heard that song by a lot of peo­ple and there are a lot of good ver­sions. But Si­na­tra’s swing­ing, big band ver­sion tops them all by far.” — Sh­weta Sharma

Di­a­mond re­vealed the name of his muse af­ter 40 years

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