June 28, 1969 Neil Diamond releases Sweet Caroline.
I’m the kind of guy who will play a song to death if I love it. I drive everyone around me crazy and they beg me to please stop playing that song. (except for my wife – she’ll never tell me to stop playing a song!)
Sweet Caroline was one of the first songs I became addicted to. I was 13 years old. It was the summer. I was hanging out at my Aunt Fran and Uncle Jack’s house in Brooklyn on East 38th Street between Avenue I and the cut. The “cut” stood for the railroad tracks, so this block was a dead end which made it great for softball and punchball. There were about fifteen families on that block, each with four or more kids, so it was an amazing hang and my cousins had the pool in the backyard that we jumped into from the roof.
If you ask my Aunt Fran she will tell you I played Sweet Caroline on a 45 record on their crappy little turntable all day long that whole summer. They still have East 38th Street reunions more than forty years later because of all the friends we had on that block.
I think I’ll make a list of all the songs that I wore out.
Sweet Caroline will be number one.