Neil Diamond has added a very unique twist to the project. He’s recorded a shared version with the Bellamys of the Diamond classic hit “Sweet Caroline.” “What can you say about the inclusion of a song and an artist like ‘Sweet Caroline,’ and Neil Diamond,” noted David. “Howard and I have loved this man and this song before either of us ever found our first grey hair!”

November 9, 2003

Michael Stipe of REM has a nice compliment for Neil

I don’t actually ask him about his favourite songwriters (that would be a Desert Island question), but at some point in the conversation, the following list emerges: Jimmy Webb, Roger Miller, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Neil Diamond. “It’s easy to write a guy like Neil Diamond off,” Stipe adds, “but you shouldn’t dismiss great songwriting.”

November 7, 2003

From crooners to outlaws, Xmas albums have you covered

Various, “Treasury of Christmas: Evergreen” (Time Life Records) – Who doesn’t want to go on a “Sleigh Ride” with Neil Diamond? Or shake some “Jingle Bells” with Willie Nelson? This diverse comp gives you them and more – Martina McBride, John Denver, Wham!, Luther Vandross, Mariah Carey, Donna Summer – across 18 tracks. File this under Unlikely to Offend at a Christmas Gathering.

November 5, 2003

Democrats consider the unconventional

It’s a setup that has worked for everyone from William Shakespeare to Neil Diamond. Now, organizers of the Democratic National Convention are considering a theater-in-the-round stage that would place the presidential nominee smack in the middle of the FleetCenter floor at July’s gala…

November 2, 2003