Thursday, December 24, 2009

Mazel tov

This year Neil Diamond joined musicians of Jewish heritage who have put out Christmas-themed collections with "A Cherry Cherry Christmas," an album for which he wrote five original songs, including the title track, to weave in with standards such as "Joy to the World," "White Christmas" and "Sleigh Ride."

Diamond closed the album with a raucous performance of comedian Adam Sandler's "The Chanukah Song," which name-checks Jewish entertainers, including Kirk Douglas, Dinah Shore and "Star Trek's" William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.

"I thought I'd throw one in there for my people too, because we always feel a little left out around this time of year," Diamond told the Telegraph in London recently. "Christmas music is amazingly evocative to people of all religions and cultures."

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