Neil Diamond – “Love On The Rocks” Live

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From Reggae To Ballad — A Chart-topping Soundtrack!

“Love On The Rocks” was written by Neil Diamond and Gilbert Bécaud for the movie, “The Jazz Singer” which was released in 1980. Aside from being a soundtrack, it was also released as a single and received several praises both times:

  • Number 2 for four weeks in the Billboard Hot 100
  • Number 3 in Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart
  • Number 26 as a Pop Single Overall for the year 1980
  • Number 17 in the UK Chart

Billboard Magazine critic Vicki Pipkin called “Love on the Rocks” a “powerful ballad in true Diamond style.” Billboard also called the song “one of Diamond’s more powerful readings.” Neil Diamond biographer Laura Jackson describes the lyrics as taking “a sometimes cynical look at a man who is trapped in a relationship and is disillusioned with life.” Allmusic critic Johnny Loftus calls it a “lite FM favorite” and “classic, raw-throated Neil.”

Before finally making it into a ballad, it originally had a reggae feel and was titled “Scotch on the Rocks.”

Diamond quotes this song in the movie Saving Silverman, where he played himself. When the lead characters explain that their best friend broke up with the love of his life, Diamond replies: “Love on the rocks. Ain’t no big surprise.”



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