Neil Diamond donates this week's sales from "Sweet Caroline" to bombing victims

Neil Diamond sings "Sweet Caroline" during a game between the Kansas City Royals and Boston Red Sox in the 8th inning at Fenway Park on April 20, 2013, in Boston. Getty

Neil Diamond is donating this week's sales from "Sweet Caroline" after the tune became a source of comfort following the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

Sales from Diamond's song shot up by 597 percent, Nielsen SoundScan said Wednesday. Diamond's representative said the singer will donate the recent sales to marathon bombing victims.

The original version of "Sweet Caroline" sold 19,000 tracks this week. It sold 2,800 tracks the previous week and 1.75 million tracks to date.

On Saturday, Diamond performed "Sweet Caroline" at Boston's Fenway Park. "What an honor it is for me to be here today," he told the crowd. "I bring love from the whole country."

The crowd-pleasing song is a staple of Boston Red Sox games. It makes no specific mention of Boston or the Red Sox, but the team started playing it regularly at Fenway Park more than a decade ago and fans took to it.

The New York Yankees, Toronto Raptors and other professional sports teams also have played the song at games in the days after the deadly blasts April 15.

Diamond released "Sweet Caroline" in 1969. The song was inspired by Caroline Kennedy's name. The song appeared on the 1996 soundtrack to Ted Demme's "Beautiful Girls," starring Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman and Rosie O'Donnell.

  • CBS News Staff

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