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Sweet Caroline: Was the Song For Caroline Kennedy?
By Allison Moore

Washington, D.C. (July 17, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Woman, aka Allison Moore, takes your questions regarding TV stars and shows. If you have a question about TV entertainment, ask TV's Answer Woman by sending an e-mail to

Q. I heard Neil Diamond last night at the baseball game singing Sweet Caroline. Who is the Caroline in the song? -- Hazel, Detroit.

Hazel, Neil Diamond wowed the fans at last night's baseball All-Star game with a rousing rendition of his 1969 hit, Sweet Caroline.

The song has become a favorite at Major League Baseball over the last few years, particularly at Fenway Park. Which is fitting because Diamond has revealed that Caroline Kennedy, the daughter to the late president, John F. Kennedy, was the inspiration for the tune.

Neil said he saw a magazine photo of a young Caroline on a horse and it inspired him to write the song. Caroline was one of two children to the late president; her brother John was later killed in an airplane crash.

Interestingly, the song was not a huge hit when it was released almost 45 years ago. But it has become a cultural favorite over the years, again in large part because of its frequent airing at those baseball games.

By the way, Neil sang the song to Caroline Kennedy at a party for her 50th birthday.

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