Sales of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” Spikes After Boston Bombing

Anyone who’s been to a Red Sox game since 2002 knows that it’s tradition to sing Neil Diamond’s 1969 hit, “Sweet Caroline” during the eighth inning.  In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, the tradition became a symbol of the city’s resiliance.

Back on April 20, Diamond himself led the crowd in the song during the first Red Sox home game since the bombing.  This helped the song record a 597% increase in sales.

But Diamond will not be profiting from this.  He’s vowed to donate all royalties to One Fund Boston, an organization set up to help victims of the bombings.

Meanwhile, the Dropkick Murphys have raised more than $100K with their own efforts.

The full story at Billboard.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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