Neil Diamond – “Red Red Wine” Live
Music So Good Even Cover Versions Became Chart-toppers!
Neil Diamond isn’t just legendary for the songs the wrote or those he sang. In fact, he’s had quite a number of original songs which were further popularized by other musicians. THIS IS ONE OF THEM. “Red Red Wine” is his composition in 1967 to be included in his album, “Just For You” which was released a year later. One of the artists who recorded their cover was the band UB40 who actually had no idea that it was originally from Neil since their rendition was inspired by Tony Tribe’s reggae version.
Theirs was a lighter style of reggae but it peaked at number 1 in the US Billboard Hot 100. This was also said to be Neil’s favorite cover version and he even performed it during his concert tour.
Lead singer Ali Campbell recalls in the book 1000 UK #1 Hits: “The funny thing about the song is we only knew it as a Reggae song. We had no idea that Neil Diamond wrote it.” Terence “Astro” Wilson, confirmed: “Even when we saw the writing credit which said N. Diamond, we thought it was a Jamaican artist called Negus Diamond or something.”
The song is basically about someone who finds relief in drinking red wine and sees it as the only way of forgetting his problems. After Neil left Bang Records, they continued releasing his songs. “Red Red Wine” was released with the addition of a background choir. The sad part is that, Neil neither knew of this nor did he give his permission.