Neil Diamond – “Cherry Cherry” Live
“Cherry Cherry” Began With A Guitar Lick!
In most sites, Neil Diamond was the only one who received credit as the songwriter. BUT he actually had some help from the producers Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. This track was considered as Neil’s FIRST massive hit.
- 6th in the Billboard Hot 100
- 6th in the Cash Box Chart
- Sold more than 1 million copies worldwide
- Labeled by the Rolling Stones magazine as “one of the greatest three-chord songs of all time.”
In an interview with Melody Maker, Jeff Barry said that this song was originally “Money, Money,” but that he and Bang records owner Bert Berns convinced Diamond to make it lighter and more teen-friendly.
Over the years, Neil Diamond has proven how much of a music icon he is. He continues to be such an influence to other musicians. With his characteristic charm and powerhouse vocals, he is simply legendary.
Ever notice that there are no drums in this song? That’s because the version you hear was intended as a demo, with hand claps providing the drum beat. Diamond recorded the demo with Barry and Greenwich on backing vocals and Artie Butler on piano and Hammond organ. When they recorded the song in an official session complete with horns and drums, they couldn’t capture the exuberance of the demo. The drum and horn version was included on Diamond’s 1996 anthology In My Lifetime.