Any suggestions that “Sweet Caroline” be retired from Red Sox tradition were quickly forgotten this month when the song suddenly became a rallying cry for people looking to support Boston.
The song has taken on added meaning, comforting the city and its fans. It’s been played around the country, and even its creator, Neil Diamond, put together an impromptu visit to Boston to honor the city with a firsthand singing of his song.
Now, all the money the song made throughout the week will be handed over to help the victims of the tragedy, a representative of Diamond told The Associated Press.
“Sweet Caroline” sales are up 597 percent, with 19,000 tracks being sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The song, written in 1969, has sold 1.75 million tracks altogether.
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