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Neil Diamond’s iconic Sweet Caroline warms the cockles with rather epic singalong to see out 2020

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In a pretty, er, sweet move, Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline has had a viral makeover, with a global singalong released today warming even the coldest of cockles.

To raise the spirits and really end 2020 on a musical high, 79-year-old Neil – whose latest album, Classic Diamonds, is just tailing Taylor Swift’s Evermore in the charts – released a supercut of fans singing his biggest hit, alongside a TikTok challenge.

Oh, and would you look at that – you now also have the ‘so good, so good, so good’ of the chorus ringing around your head, don’t you? Funny that.

The icon – who revealed he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2018 – recently set a challenge to fans around the world, in which they were tasked with coming together for a global singalong.

And just to make sure it was in everyone’s faces, not just die-hard Diamond fans, a Tik Tok campaign using the original version of the banger was also launched, in which influencers including Grandad Joe, The Harfin Family, Rosie & Harry, Sherice Banton, Callum Martin & Harvey Dudley flexed their Sweet Carolines.

What has been pushed out the other side is a rather heartwarming supercut rendition of the 60s hit, if we do say so ourselves.

Clearly, the tune is still going strong, decades later, after being written in 1969 and owning the UK charts in 1971.

It comes as Neil’s new studio album Neil Diamond With The London Symphony Orchestra, Classic Diamonds, smashed its way into the UK Top 5 on its first week of release at the start of the month, and as Christmas approaches, has risen to number two, ahead of Michael Buble, Gary Barlow and Ball & Boe’s festive offerings.

The album features new vocals from Neil paired with a new interpretation of his most celebrated chart-topping hits – yes, Sweet Caroline is in there, too – performed by The London Symphony Orchestra, recorded at both the world famous Abbey Road Studios.

Recently speaking to Forbes about reworking his best-known song, Neil said of the song remaining a staple of his repertoire: ‘I do it pretty much every show.

‘But I haven’t done it like this and it changes also a little bit also with each show.

‘I add things, I take things away, I change the arrangement, I sing it a little different, the audience response is pretty much the same. They know it’s a party and they join in.’

Credit: Original article published here.

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