Billboard #1 Hits: #243: “Cracklin’ Rosie”- Neil Diamond. October 10, 1970. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: “Cracklin’ Rosie”- Neil Diamond
- Record Company-Uni
- Genre: Pop
- Written by-Neil Diamond
- Time: 2:54
- B-side: “Lordy”
- Album- Tap Root Manuscript
- Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. #3 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.
Neil Diamond’s first #1 hit- and third million selling single. Backing Neil -the famous Wrecking Crew- and Hal Blaine- on another #1 hit playing drums.
The stories about how Diamond was inspired to write the song are apocryphal. “Crackling Rosé” is the name of an inexpensive sparkling wine once produced by Andres Wines of British Columbia, Canada, which was popular among the indigent population. One story suggests that Diamond heard a story about a native Canadian tribe while doing an interview in Toronto, Canada—the tribe had more men than women, so the lonely men of the tribe would sit around the fire and drink their wine together—which inspired him to write the song. Another more likely version is that he saw homeless men drinking Crackling Rosé while on tour in western Canada