Longfellow Serenade

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"Longfellow Serenade"
Longfellow Serenade cover.jpg
Single by Neil Diamond
from the album Serenade
B-side"Rosemary's Wine"
Released1974 (US)
Format7" (45 rpm)
Songwriter(s)Neil Diamond
Producer(s)Tom Catalano
Neil Diamond singles chronology
"Longfellow Serenade"
"I've Been This Way Before"

"Longfellow Serenade" is the title of a 1974 song by the American singer-songwriter Neil Diamond. It was written by Diamond, produced by Tom Catalano, and included on Diamond's album Serenade.

"Longfellow Serenade" spent two weeks at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in November 1974.[1] It was Diamond's second #1 on the Billboard Easy Listening chart, following his 1972 single, "Song Sung Blue".[2] The song reached #1 in Switzerland and #2 in Germany.

Diamond described "Longfellow Serenade" in the liner notes to his 1996 compilation album, In My Lifetime: "Occasionally I like using a particular lyrical style which, in this case, lent itself naturally to telling the story of a guy who woos his woman with poetry."[2] The title of the song is a reference to the 19th-century American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.[2] Diamond chose to reference Longfellow specifically after recalling an instance in which, while in his teens, Diamond had used one of the poet's works to successfully seduce a significantly older woman.[3]

Chart history[edit]

Cover Versions[edit]

Petr Spálený - Velký Muž Serenád

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 177.
  2. ^ a b c Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications), page 150.
  3. ^ Jackson, Laura (2005). Neil Diamond: His Life, His Music, His Passion (ECW Press), page 112.
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1974-11-23. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  5. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1974-12-21. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  6. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  7. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  8. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, November 30, 1974
  9. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  10. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (January 16, 2018). "Image : RPM Weekly".
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
  12. ^ "Top 20 Hit Singles of 1975". Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  13. ^ Swiss Year-End Charts, 1975
  14. ^ Top 50 Adult Contemporary Hits of 1975

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