Cherry, Cherry

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"Cherry, Cherry"
Single by Neil Diamond
from the album The Feel of Neil Diamond
B-side "I'll Come Running"
Released July 1966[1]
Format 7-inch
Genre Pop rock
Length 2:39
Label Bang
Writer(s) Neil Diamond
Producer(s) Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich
Neil Diamond singles chronology
"Solitary Man"
(1966)
"Cherry, Cherry"
(1966)
"I Got the Feelin' (Oh No, No)"
(1966)

"Cherry, Cherry" is a song written, composed and recorded by Neil Diamond. The song was arranged by Artie Butler and produced by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. It was issued as a 45 single in 1966 and became Diamond's first big hit,[1][2] reaching #6 on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart,[2] in October 1966,[1] and the Cash Box chart. Worldwide sales were said to have reached over one million copies. Ellie Greenwich came up with the chorus and can be heard as the prominent background voice.

In 1973 a live recording of "Cherry, Cherry" was issued as a 45 single from the Neil Diamond live album Hot August Night (1972). The live version hit #24 on the Cash Box chart and #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[2]

Rolling Stone would later label "Cherry, Cherry" as "one of the greatest three-chord songs of all time."[3][dead link]

Session guitarist Al Gorgoni (who later played on "The Sound of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel and "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison) contributed to the song.

Two versions of "Cherry, Cherry" have been released. The version familiar to most listeners was released by Bang Records in 1966. The other version, with different lyrics and originally intended to be released as the single, was finally released by Diamond and Sony Music Entertainment in 1996 on the compilation album In My Lifetime.

Cover versions[edit]

  • Jonathan King recorded a cover of this song in 1970 and it became a hit all over Europe, especially in the Netherlands, Belgium and France.
  • Kramer recorded a cover of this song for his 2012 solo LP, The Brill Building (on Tzadik Records). Sung entirely in Spanish/Cubano, it is the first known version of the song to have not been sung in English.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c William Ruhlmann. "Neil Diamond: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-04-30. 
  2. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (1983). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: 1955 to present. Billboard Publications. ISBN 0-8230-7511-7.  p. 88.
  3. ^ Dan Epstein (2005-11-03). "Neil Diamonds' Jewels". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-05-08.