Neil Diamond wrote, composed and recorded the song “Cherry Cherry.” The arrangement was by Artie Butler, who is a songwriter in his own right as well as an arranger and keyboardist. Butler at the time was working at the famous Brill Building in New York, where he worked for Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller as well the hit-making team of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. Barry and Greenwich produced “Cherry Cherry.” The song was released as a single in July 1966, and it became Neil Diamond’s first big hit. It went to #6 on the billboard Hot 100 and on Cash Box. The 1966 version of the song (there was another released in 1996), has Diamond on the lead vocal and Ellie Greenwich on background vocals. Butler is on keyboards. Session guitarist Al Gorgoni (who played on Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” and Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” contributed to the track as well.
Diamond was born Neil Leslie Diamond in 1941 in Brooklyn, New York. A singer, songwriter, and musician, Diamond is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.