Elvis Presley has included many songs dedicated to the curse of his career, including Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline”. During the interview, his friend Marty Lacker explained why the King of Rock-n-Roll decided to close the song. Laker said he was very clearly disappointed with Elvis’s “Sweet Caroline.”
Marty Lacker felt that Elvis Presley had lost the plot after these famous studio sessions
According to Goldmine, Lacker was Elvis’s friend, confidant and employee. He attended the American Sound Studios sessions from January to February 1969, where the King of Rock and Roll performed four of his most recent hits: “In the Ghetto,” “Suspicious Minds,” and “Kentucky Rain.” reached and “Dad, don’t cry.” Lacker described these sessions as an artistic rebirth of the Heartbreak Hotel singer after years of singing. Lacker saw this rebirth short-lived.
“I think, after the 69th American session, he lost again in the 1970s,” Laker said. “It’s a good example,” he said. What does he do when Elvis finally starts singing on stage? He chose American songs.
Why Marty Laker felt Elvis Presley’s “Sweet Caroline” cover by Neil Diamond was missing
Laker was disappointed with Elvis ’two cover songs in the early 1970s. “She performed BJ Thomas’s‘ I Can’t Help Believe ’and Neil Diamond’s‘ Sweet Caroline ’,” Laker recalls. “He heard these songs on the radio and performed them because he liked them. However, when he worked with the TCB band, ‘Sweet Caroline’ and ‘I Just Can’t Help Believin’ didn’t come close to the originals because they lost their senses. American I can’t emphasize the creativity of the studio musicians. “
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How the public reacted to version 2 of Sweet Caroline
The original version of Sweet Caroline was a huge success. The track peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained on the table for 14 weeks. Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” gained some immortality because of its connection to the Boston Red Sox. This association became the plot point in Seth McFarlan’s comedy Ted.
Elvis’s song version, on the other hand, remains unknown. His performance appeared on the album On the stage, also known as On stage: February 1970. On the stage many keyboard songs, including Elvis’s “The Beatles’ “Night,” Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary,” and Joe South’s “Walk a Mile in My Shoes.”
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Elvis’s song “Sweet Caroline” didn’t come out as a single, so it didn’t come out on the Billboard Hot 100. It hasn’t become an anthem for Red Sox fans like the Diamond performance, although Elvis is much more popular. than diamonds. On the stagehowever, it was a modest success. He finished 13th on the Billboard 200 and remained on the table for 20 weeks. While Lacker isn’t a fan of Elvis’s “Sweet Caroline,” it has fallen into the hands of a large audience.