Holly Holy

Album: Touching You Touching Me (1969)
Charted: 6
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Songfacts®:

  • In an interview with the BBC, Diamond said of this song: "What I tried to do was create a religious experience between a man and a woman, as opposed to a man and a god."
  • This features a gospel choir and a string section arranged by Lee Holdridge.

Comments: 19

  • Charlie The Trucker from Glasgow, ScotlandHolly Holy.. what a powerful song! I`m sure I heard him say in an interview a long time ago that when he heard it back with the strings, he knew he had written something special
  • Charles Watts from New Castle De You want a spiritual experience listen to Brother loves travelling salvation show
  • Victor from Miami, Florida This is a great site. Thank you very, very much to everyone on this post for teaching me so much about this song. I have been a Neil Diamond fan since 1976.
  • Holly from UsaI recently discovered this version of Holly Holy and I think it's brilliant; I may, however, be a bit biased. LOL! I imagine it as a love song from my late husband to myself. Tragically he ended his life years ago, but I still feel his love. Even if you're not named Holly, this is a moving rendition. Love and light to all.
  • David J. Brumbaugh from Brockport, NyI have so many favorites from "Forever in Blue Jeans", "Holly Holly", especially "Sweet Caroline" As I happen to have a very dear and sweet lady by that name!!! Stay well And he's always been my favorite singer so stay well Neil!!!
  • Patsy Cuthbertson from Indiana Trail, NcNeil Diamond & Holly Holy have always been my favorite. Everything about him. Being front& center @ his last concert in Charlotte was the best gift from my dtgs( other than a picture of my grands with me). Stay well Mr Diamond
  • Helen Lois Owens from Hayden, Idahogreat site!
  • Damian Lopez from Sacramento This Song is a religious experience, but all Neil Diamond Songs touch people of all ages
  • AnonymousAwesome song. Love Neil Diamond
  • Emily from Georgia Thank you Sandy from FL
  • Melinda from AustraliaThe closest thing to a religious experience you’ll ever get. Even if you are an atheist. This song is just majestic. The choir singing is just incredible. And how the whole thing builds. It’s so underrated this song. And so sad that recent generations will never know the moving depth of it. Cause they jus won’t hear it. My parents owned most Neil Diamond records so I don’t understand how I rarely heard this song in the 1970’s. Nancy Sinatra did a cover of Holly Holy. And she knocks it out of the park. Her voice is perfect for it. And clearly Frank Sinatra paid for the orchestra and choir to back her. Result: unbelievable. She sang the James Bond theme You Only Live Twice also. with equal perfection.
  • Karan from Napoleon, OhioAbove it says he was trying to create a religious experience between a man and a woman as opposed to man and a god---yet Holly can be used to represent Jesus and the line "Sing a Song of songs-- Song of Songs is the book in the Bible after Ecclesiastes and it is supposed to be about your love relationship with Jesus. So- I think this is a deeply spiritual song!
  • Sandy from FlNo way is this his best song -- sorry. Try "September Morn" for piquant lyrics, memorable melody, evocative emotions and just plain greatness.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn November 30th 1969, Neil Diamond performed "Holly Holy" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
    At the time the song was at #16 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and twenty-one days later on December 21st, 1969 it peaked at #6 for 1 week... {See next post below}
    On the same 'Sullivan' show he also performed "Sweet Caroline"; it reached #4 for two weeks on July 31st, 1969.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 21st 1969, "Holly Holy" by Neil Diamond peaked at #6 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on October 26th and spent 14 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #5 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and #3 on the Australian RPM Top Singles chart...
    Mr. Diamond with celebrate his 73rd birthday next month on January 24th.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 20th 1970 "Holly Holy" by Jr. Walker and the All-Stars entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart for a five week stay, peaking at #75...
    It reached #33 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    R.I.P. Mr. Walker, born Autry DeWalt Mixon, 1931 - 1995.
  • Coy from Palestine, TxDiamond loves melody and believes that words are subject to interputation by the listener. He has given several "versions" of the meaning of "Holly Holy" but it may not mean anything at all except what you wish it to mean. The bass notes on the song are terrific and the song is a blazing paean.
  • Rick from Belfast, MeThe first time I heard this song was from the album...."Touching You Touching Me".....great song, great album!!!!!!
  • Mixermatt from Bloomington, MnNeil Diamond's Best Song "Holly Holy"
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