Cherry, Cherry – Neil Diamond – 1972

First released in 1966, Neil Diamond’s Cherry, Cherry is best remembered for its inclusion on the classic 1972  live album Hot August Night.

the greatest live album of the 70s?

So, could this be the greatest live album of the 70s? Neil Diamond’s Hot August Night has been on high rotation on the radio around these parts lately. It’s just been re-released to celebrate its 40th anniversary and the advertisements boldly proclaim it to be “the greatest live album of all time.”

That’s a bold claim.

what could be better?

I wonder if the hype is a little over the top?? Hot August Night is a good album but there were some great live albums in the 70s. Check these out:

Yep, I think many people would agree, this is not THE best live album of the 70s but it is, considering it’s Neil Diamond, a very good one.

neil singer-songwriter extraordinaire

Love him or hate him, and there are plenty in both camps, Neil has been successful. His career spans over five decades from the 1960s until the present day. Even before the turn of the century he’d sold over 115 million records worldwide. He’s the 3rd most successful adult contemporary artist ever on the US charts. Only Barbra Streisand and Elton John are ahead of him.

He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. He’s had eight #1 US singles: Cracklin Rosie, Song Sung Blue, Desiree, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, Love on the Rocks, America, Yesterday’s Songs, and Heartlight.

There is no doubt in my mind, however, Hot August Night was a highpoint.

love him or hate him…?

I cannot make up my mind. Neil is something of an enigma. Suffice it to say, in my humble opinion, he’s written and sung (well, shouted) some great songs, (I’m a Believer, Solitary Man, Girl You’ll be a Woman Soon, Shilo) and some terrible songs, (Desiree, Forever in Blue Jeans, I am… I Said, with that terrible line,

“I am,” I said

To no one there

An no one heard at all

Not even the chair).

cherry, cherry fax

  • Cherry, Cherry was written, composed, and recorded by Neil Diamond, and first released in July 1966.
  • Cherry, Cherry was Neil’s first big hit reaching #6 on the US singles chart.
  • The release of the 1972 album Hot August Night saw Cherry, Cherry re-released. It peaked at #24.
  • Rolling Stone magazine called Cherry, Cherry “one of the greatest three-chord songs of all time.”
  • Two versions of Cherry, Cherry have been released. The most familiar is the 1966 version. A second version, with different lyrics, was released in June 1983 on the compilation album Classics: The Early Years.
  • In the original version there were no drums because it was intended as a demo, with hand claps providing the drum beat.
  • When the original became a hit, Neil’s songs were suddenly in demand. This led to The Monkees recording I’m A Believer which was the biggest hit of 1967.
  • Neil made his television debut performing this song on American Bandstand.

cherry, cherry – neil diamond – 1972 – video

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