The Monkees’ song “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” was one of two hit songs that Neil Diamond presented to The Monkees. During an interview, Diamond said that the success of one of his songs opened the door for The Monkees to record his songs. Listeners in the US and UK reacted similarly to “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You”.
These songs changed Neil Diamond’s life
During an interview on CNN, Larry King asked Diamond if his song “Solitary Man” was a hit. “It happened in two cities,” Diamond said. “In Toronto and Los Angeles it was ranked 10th at 10th, and the rest of the country, no. But it was a graphic record. It was — it separated me from, you know, just being a guy who’s going around trying to get into — you know, the office.”
Diamond said his song “Cherry, Cherry” changed his life. “The next record, which was something called ‘Cherry, Cherry,’ was my first major national success,” Diamond recalls. “It was top five records. And world records as well. And you know, that broke the dam.”
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This conversation led to Neil Diamond giving The Monkees “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” and another hit
According to NPR, Diamond said that the song “Cherry, Cherry” opened the door for The Monkees to record his songs. “I recorded two songs, including ‘Solitary Man’ and ‘Cherry, Cherry,’ which were a huge hit,” Diamond recalls. Because of that, the people who were producing The Monkees called and said ‘we love’ cherry, cherry. Do you have any other songs? “
Diamonds will have a tremendous impact on the Monkees. Diamond said, “I said, ‘Well, I don’t have anything like ‘Cherry, Cherry’ but I have an album coming out soon and I’m going to send it out and pick it up.’ Me, A Little Bit You.”
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The way the world reacted to the Monkees’ song “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You”
“A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song lasted for 10 weeks on the chart. The Monkees released it with “The Girl I Knew Somewhere” as the B side. The song “The Girl I Knew Somewhere” reached number 39 on the chart and remained on the chart for five weeks.
“A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” became popular in the UK as well. According to The Official Charts Company, the song reached number three in the UK and remained on the chart for 12 weeks. Meanwhile, “The Girl I Knew Somewhere” was not a hit there. “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” was a huge hit for The Monkees and their song probably wouldn’t have been without “Cherry, Cherry.”
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