Dozens of Boston Red Sox fans joined Smokey Robinson in a sing-a-long of Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" at last night's taping of the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C.. The surprise guest was Sweet Caroline herself—Caroline Kennedy the daughter of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
As a chorus of Boston fans in Red Sox T-shirts and head-gear backed up Robinson and Lionel Ritchie with their Fenway Park anthem, Caroline got onstage and shyly sang the song which was written about her by Diamond in 1969 after he saw the young teen on a cover of Life magazine.
The song has become a staple at Red Sox home games and can even be heard by fearless "Sawx" fans trying to sing it through the Bronx cheers at Yankees/Red Sox games in New York too.
The "Sweet Caroline...bum, bum, bum" refrain has become as well known as the Yankees "New York, New York" anthem and has been featured in movies like "Fever Pitch."
Diamond was one of five honorees this year and sang from his featured spot in the audience.