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Diamond happy 'Caroline' offers comfort

This Thirsday, April 18, 2013 photo shows Neil Diamond at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Diamond said he's happy his "Sweet Caroline," a staple of Boston Red Sox games, can provide comfort after the Boston Marathon bombing. "There is a lot of comfort that music can offer," Diamond told The Associated Press. "In this particular situation, I'd much rather it not have happened than for `Sweet Caroline' to become part of it. But it's obviously offering comfort to people and I feel good about that." (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision)This Thirsday, April 18, 2013 photo shows Neil Diamond at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Diamond said he's happy his "Sweet Caroline," a staple of Boston Red Sox games, can provide comfort after the Boston Marathon bombing. "There is a lot of comfort that music can offer," Diamond told The Associated Press. "In this particular situation, I'd much rather it not have happened than for `Sweet Caroline' to become part of it. But it's obviously offering comfort to people and I feel good about that." (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Neil Diamond said he's happy his "Sweet Caroline," a staple of Boston Red Sox games, can provide comfort after the Boston Marathon bombing.

The New York Yankees, Toronto Raptors and other professional sports teams have played the song at games in the days after Monday's deadly blasts, with fans and players often singing along.

"There is a lot of comfort that music can offer," Diamond told The Associated Press. "In this particular situation, I'd much rather it not have happened than for 'Sweet Caroline' to become part of it. But it's obviously offering comfort to people and I feel good about that."

Two fans embrace while singing "Sweet Caroline" as a tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions after the third inning of a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. The song by Neil Diamond has been a longtime fixture as a fan sing-along during the bottom of the eighth inning of Boston Red Sox games. In big ways and small, New York is putting aside its heated and historical rivalry with Boston in a show of support after the Boston Marathon explosions. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)Two fans embrace while singing "Sweet Caroline" as a tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions after the third inning of a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. The song by Neil Diamond has been a longtime fixture as a fan sing-along during the bottom of the eighth inning of Boston Red Sox games. In big ways and small, New York is putting aside its heated and historical rivalry with Boston in a show of support after the Boston Marathon explosions. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Diamond spoke Thursday night at the Rock and Roll Hall induction ceremony. He said he intended the song, first released in 1969 and addressed to Caroline Kennedy, to offer solace.

"I wrote it in a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee," he said. "And I think there's a little bit of God in that song. I always have felt that. There's no accounting for what can happen to a song. But this one had something special to it."