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Published:April 26th, 2013 12:20 EST

Neil Diamond Donating 'Sweet Caroline' Royalties To Boston Charity: Videos

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Neil Diamond says he will donate the royalties from this week`s soaring sales of his song "Sweet Caroline` to a Boston Marathon bombing victims fund.


The soft-rock hit, released as a single June 28, 1969, has been played at Boston Red Sox baseball games as an eighth-inning staple since 2002 and became an unofficial Boston anthem after the April 15 bombings that killed three people and injured 264 others."


Neil Diamond is a staple on radio stations with a soft-rock format; the ageing pop star has the hipness factor of a Richard Simmons or a Pat Boone.

But I`m old enough to remember when Diamond rocked, one of the first songs I remember hearing on my transistor radio I got for my birthday when I was a child was "Solitary Man" by Neil Diamond.

It`s a kick to see one of my boyhood pop heroes be embraced by a new generation. Rock on Diamond, and kudos for helping out the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Here`s a video of the old crooner singing "Sweet Caroline" in Fenway Park


Here`s a video of the young Neil Diamond singing "Sweet Caroline"


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