Neil Diamond will donate royalties from his song "Sweet Caroline," which has been played at every Boston Red Sox home game for more than a decade, to the One Fund Boston, the singer said on Twitter on Wednesday.
The song was downloaded more than 19,000 times this week, with sales up 597%, Neilsen SoundScan said.
Diamond told Rolling Stone earlier this week that he will write a song about the bombings and other tragedies.
"I'm writing now and obviously affected by this situation in Boston, so I'm writing about it just to express myself," he told the magazine.
Diamond was at Fenway Park on Saturday to lead the crowd in what has become a stadium tradition of singing the tune during the break in the eighth inning before the Sox come to bat.
"What an honor it is for me to be here today. I bring love from the whole country," he told the Sox faithful.
The singer recorded the song in 1969 as an homage to Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy. It has nothing to do with the Red Sox.
According to the Boston Globe, Amy Tobey, who chose the music played at games, is responsible for bringing the tune to Fenway. In 2002, new management requested the song become an eighth-inning staple.
The fund has raised more than $23 million as of Wednesday. The fund was formed to "help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013," the website says.
Good for him!
Yes boston bombings was a tragedy, but only 3 people died. There was a way bigger tragedy in West, TX a couple of days after the Boston bombings. The tragedy in West, TX was bigger with way more casualties, but yeah Who vares about people in Texas. jeez FBI should have kept this guy in Check, they interviewed him a couple of years back, they should have watched him. West, TX blast had to be a terror attack but the government is hiding. Please stop talking about Boston bombings, it is sad but come on, people die every day, in fact 5 people got shot in Illinois and one child got wounded. lets get real America, we need to stop talking about Boston bombings already. We should be concentrating on whos trying to attack us and not Who attacked which was two losers from Chechnya. Get real.
Sultans of Swing is too riffy and too long for an eighth-inning bathroom break, eh? Okay.
Better choice of song, if ya ask me...
Wow, had no idea it was about Caroline Kennedy, but have always loved this song! Thanks, Neil Diamon! Feelin ya@TvNyC!!
GREAT!! I appauld Mr. Diamond. Americans taking care of Americans!
Good press for Neil Diamond.
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Who is that guy with the beard.cant be neal.
Yes. Og mandino,sweetheart.