Cracklin' Rosie

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"Cracklin' Rosie"
Cracklin Rosie.jpg
Single by Neil Diamond
from the album Tap Root Manuscript
ReleasedAugust 1970
Format7" 45 RPM
GenreSoft rock, pop
Songwriter(s)Neil Diamond
Producer(s)Tom Catalano

"Cracklin' Rosie" is a song written and recorded by Neil Diamond in 1970, with instrumental backing by L.A. session musicians from the Wrecking Crew,[1] including Hal Blaine on drums, Larry Knechtel on keyboards, Joe Osborn on bass, Al Casey on guitar and Gene Estes on percussion - arranged by Don Randi, and was included on his album Tap Root Manuscript. In October 1970;[2] the song became Diamond's first American #1 hit on The Billboard Hot 100, and his third to sell a million copies.[2] It was his breakthrough single on the UK Singles Chart, reaching #3 for four weeks in November and December. Billboard ranked the record as the No. 17 song of 1970.[3] It also reached #2 on both the Australian Singles Chart[4] and the Irish Singles Chart. Its best performance was in New Zealand, where it stayed at number one for 5 weeks at the end of the year.[5]

The single version released by Uni Records was in mono, while the album version from Tap Root Manuscript was in stereo.

Song meaning[edit]

Married to a catchy and dynamic melody and arrangement, the lyrics suggested to some a devotion to a woman of the night:[2]

Oh, I love my Rosie child —
You got the way to make me happy.
'You and me, we go in style ...
Cracklin' Rose, you're a store bought woman
But you make me sing like a guitar hummin' ...

But in actuality, Cracklin' Rosie is a type of wine. Diamond heard a story about a native Canadian tribe while doing an interview in Toronto, Canada—the tribe had more men than women, so the lonely men of the tribe would sit around the fire and drink their wine together—which inspired him to write the song.[2]

The title has also been interpreted to be a misspelling of a rosé wine which is "crackling"—a U.S. term equivalent to pétillant or lightly sparkling.[6]

Many Diamond fans have traditionally believed the crackling wine he was referring to was Sparkling Mateus Rose, a medium-quality, low-priced artificially carbonated wine favored by college students on the West Coast of the U.S. during the late 1960s and early 1970s, or Richards Wild Irish Rose, an alcoholic beverage produced by Centerra Wine Company, which is part of the Constellation Brands organization.[citation needed]

Chart history[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d Jackson, Laura (2005). Neil Diamond: His Life, His Music, His Passion. ECW Press. ISBN 1-55022-707-6. pp. 70–71.
  3. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1970
  4. ^ "Go-Set Australian charts - 5 December 1970". 1970-12-05. Retrieved 2012-01-10.
  5. ^ The official New Zealand music chart;RIANZ website
  6. ^ The New Wine Lover's Companion, 2nd edition, by Ron Herbst and Sharon Tyler Herbst, published by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Cracklin' Rosie". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  9. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 1970" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Hung Medien. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  10. ^ "Flavour of New Zealand". 1970-12-21. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  11. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Neil Diamond: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
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  14. ^ "Neil Diamond Chart History (Easy Listening)". Billboard
  15. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, October 17, 1970[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Archived from the original on 2016-10-20. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  17. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada".
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  22. ^ "Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 26, 1970". Archived from the original on July 22, 2019. Retrieved January 13, 2018.

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