However, he needed a three-syllable name to fit the melody ("Sweet Marcia" didn't work), and settled on the name Caroline after seeing a picture of John F Kennedy's daughter Caroline in a US magazine.
Released in the UK in 1971, it reached number eight in the charts, selling more than 1.2 million copies.
It has since become a wedding disco staple and an unlikely sports anthem, adopted by fans of the England football team and the Boston Red Sox.
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