Neil Diamond to Donate ‘Sweet Caroline’ Royalties to Boston Bombing Charity

From The New York Times:

Neil Diamond says he will donate the royalties from this week’s surge in sales of his song “Sweet Caroline” to a fund for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. He made the announcement on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.

The 1969 hit song is regularly played at Boston Red Sox games and became an unofficial anthem for the rattled city in the aftermath of the bombings on April 15. Sales of the single rose nearly 600 percent last week, to 19,000 copies, up from 2,800 the week before.

Last Saturday Mr. Diamond visited Fenway Park and led fans in singing the tune during the team’s first home stand since the attacks. He told Rolling Stone magazine he is working on new songs inspired in part by the bombings.

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