Neil Diamond – “Longfellow Serenade” Live
Serenading The Audience Since The Sixties!
“Longfellow Serenade” was written by Neil Diamond and produced by Tom Catalano. It was released in 1974 in the United States and was included in his ninth album, “Serenade.” It was his second album under Columbia Records and ranked number one in the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart.
- “Longfellow Serenade” stayed at number 5 in the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks
- After “Song Sung Blue,” this track became his second song to hit number 1 in the Billboard Easy Listening chart
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.” The title of the song is a reference to the 19th-century American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
It had great tune and arrangement but what made this song more unforgettable to me was the lyrics. Neil always had a way with words and it was both poetic and beautifully written. It’s hands down perfect!