Did You Know: Neil Diamond's "Cherry, Cherry" was Something Else?

Todays ‘Tickets @ Two’ song is “Cherry, Cherry,” by [lastfm]Neil Diamond[/lastfm]. He¬†wrote the song with Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, who worked with him after he signed with Bang Records. Barry and Greenwich were part of the Brill Building songwriting community, and had written many major hits, including “Be My Baby” and “Chapel Of Love.” They mentored Diamond early in his career.

“Cherry, Cherry” started out with a guitar lick Diamond came up with that caught Barry’s ear. He and Greenwich loved it and encouraged Neil to finish the song, but it started out with a different title and lyrics from what we know now.

The Original lyrics and title was “Money, Money,” but Bang records owner Bert Berns convinced Diamond to make it lighter and more teen-friendly.

They may have started something with the original title: In 1968, Tommy James and The Shondells¬†released “Mony Mony.” When this became a hit, Diamond’s songs were in demand, leading to The Monkees recording Diamond’s “I’m A Believer.”

When we play it between two and three be caller #5 and you’ll win tickets to the Tiger Woods Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in nearby Thousand Oaks…1-800-232-KRTH. (5784)


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