Diamond: 'Sweet Caroline is about Kennedy's daughter'

Veteran singer Neil Diamond has confirmed speculation his classic song 'Sweet Caroline' was inspired by late US President John F Kennedy's daughter.

Diamond performed the 1969 track live via satellite at Caroline Kennedy's 50th birthday party last week, and gave the hostess a magical gift - revealing she was his muse for the song.

He explained how she had inspired him, as a girl, after he saw a picture of her riding a pony.

Diamond says: "I've never discussed it with anybody before - intentionally. I thought maybe I would tell it to Caroline when I met her someday.

"I'm happy to have gotten it off my chest and to have expressed it to Caroline. I thought she might be embarrassed, but she seemed to be struck by it and really, really happy."

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