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After Almost 40 Years, Neil Diamond Revealed The Story Behind "Sweet Caroline"

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Everyone knows the song. Over 40 years since it was officially released on September 16, 1969, Sweet Caroline is practically an anthem for every karaoke singer who every bravely stepped up to the mic.

Whether you're an artist or an engineer, inspiration to create can come from the simplest things. In Neil Diamond's case, it was a photograph that inspired the hit single. When he wrote the song, Diamond likely had no idea that it would go platinum for sales of one million singles.

Nearly 40 years later, Neil Diamond revealed the secret muse that inspired Sweet Caroline and it all started with a picture in a magazine he had spotted some years before putting pen to paper...

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