Saturday, July 09, 2005

Spotlight on Neil Diamond

While our friends at Pitchfork listen to the latest Sub Pop record with a few hundred copies in circulation, we pay tribute to one of the best selling singer/songwriters of all time: Neil Diamond, who has sold more than 120 million records worldwide.

He started his career writing hit songs for The Monkees, like "I'm a Believer." Other songs that are still playing on oldies radio include: "Cracklin' Rosie," "Solitary Man," "Sweet Caroline," and "Cherry Cherry."

On "Cracklin Rosie," he manages to stay on the same chord (D) for four whole measures of the verse, before repeating the feat with the G chord.

The Tonics sort of do that on the chorus of "The Clapping Song," but, in general, they are currently not as good as Neil Diamond.

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