This American singer-songwriter and musician whose career began in the 1960s has sold over 100 million records worldwide, and is the second most successful adult contemporary artist ever on the Billboard charts. What is his name?
Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and musician with a career that began in the 1960s. Diamond has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. He is the second most successful adult contemporary artist ever on the Billboard charts. His songs have been covered internationally by many performers from various musical genres.
Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Additionally, he received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and in 2011 was an honoree at Kennedy Center. On the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts, he has had eleven No. 1 singles: "Cracklin' Rosie", "Song Sung Blue", "Longfellow Serenade", "I've Been This Way Before", "If You Know What I Mean", "Desiree", "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", "America", "Yesterday's Songs", "Heartlight" and "I'm a Believer". "Sweet Caroline" is played frequently at sporting events, and has become an anthem for the Boston Red Sox.
Alan J was first and correct with:
Total, off-the-wall guess:
Who was popular when I was in Jr and Sr High?
The one that I'm going with here is Bob Dylan (though some would argue
that he doesn't sing so much as nasally drone along to the music).
Personally, I preferred Paul Simon.
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There's a big fire NW of here, near Clear Lake, where a huge fire burned last year. This is new burn. People were evacuated. I hope CalFire has it under control by now.
Joe S answered:
It's Neil Diamond, i knew that. Carla told me about Diamond a few years ago, I didn't believe her at the time. But, as always, she was right.
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The hot weather has returned, and the ants are back for an encore.
CBS opens the night with a RERUN'Mom', followed by a RERUN'2 Broke Girls', then a RERUN'Mom', followed by a RERUN'The Gawd-Awful Odd Couple', then a RERUN'Scorpion'.
On a RERUNStephen Colbert (from 7/21/16) are Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Billy Eichner, and Jon Stewart.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 6/21/16) are Jeff Bridges, David Duchovny, and the Last Shadow Puppets.
AMC offers the movie 'GoodFellas', followed by the movie 'True Grit', then a FRESH'The Making Of The Mob: Chicago'.
[6:00AM] THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Hide And Seek - Jungles
[7:00AM] THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Hunger At Sea - Oceans
[8:00AM] THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Nowhere To Hide - Plains
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-Daleks In ManhattanPart 1.
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO: VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED
[11:30AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-Chain of Command (Part 1)
[12:30PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-Chain of Command (Part 2)
[1:30PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Ship in a Bottle
[2:30PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 20-Heart of Glory
[3:30PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 21-The Arsenal of Freedom
[4:30PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 22-Symbiosis
[5:30PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 23-Skin of Evil
[6:30PM] DRIVE (2011)
[9:00PM] CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS - SEASON 1 - Episode 6
[9:30PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 23 - Episode 6
[11:00PM] DRIVE (2011)
[1:30AM] CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS - SEASON 1 - Episode 6
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 20-Heart of Glory
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 21-The Arsenal of Freedom
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 22-Symbiosis
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 23-Skin of Evil (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', another 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of OC', then a FRESH'Odd Mom Out', 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
[6:00AM] SHAUN OF THE DEAD
[8:15AM] THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT
[10:00AM] DAWN OF THE DEAD
[12:30PM] SHAUN OF THE DEAD
[2:45PM] TRUE LIES
[6:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-That Disco Episode
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Drive-In
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Thanksgiving
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Sunday Bloody Sunday
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Buddy
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Best Christmas Ever
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Ski Trip
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Stolen Car
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-That Wrestling Show
[10:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The First Date
[11:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-That Disco Episode
[11:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Drive-In
[12:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Thanksgiving
[12:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Sunday Bloody Sunday
[1:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Buddy
[1:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Best Christmas Ever
[2:00AM] TRUE LIES
[5:15AM] THAT '70S SHOW-That Wrestling Show
[5:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Thomas Middleditch (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] Cape Fear
[11:00AM] The Warriors
[1:00PM] The Express
[9:00PM] The Fugitive
[12:00AM] Gran Torino
[5:30AM] The Writers' Room-Dexter (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'The Bourne Supremacy', followed by the movie '2 Lava 2 Lantula'.
British singer Adele shut down rumours Saturday that she could be next year's performer for the Super Bowl Halftime show.
"I'm not doing the Super Bowl," she told the audience at her sixth of eight sold-out concerts in Los Angeles yesterday. "I mean, come on, that show is not about music. And I don't really - I don't dance or anything like that."
The 28-year-old songstress, who's currently on a world tour following the release of her latest album 25, was rumoured a week ago in a British tabloid to be performing at the 2017 sporting event.
Adele said she was approached but turned down the offer.
"They were very kind, they did ask me, but I did say no."
Members of the Tobas dance troupe perform during the traditional "Fiesta de la Virgen de Urkupina" in Quillacollo, Bolivia, Sunday Aug. 14, 2016. Thousands of dancers and faithful gather every August, to parade and join religious processions, to show their devotion to the virgin.
Photo by Juan Karita
With the state's iconic citrus industry reeling due to a so-far incurable bacterial disease, some Florida farmers are eyeing a new niche crop that can tap into the country's burgeoning beer-brewing business: hops.
Hops are vining plants that produce pungent flowers or buds that for hundreds of years have been used by brewers as the building blocks of a beer's flavor and aroma. The acids in hops produce bitterness, and the plants' oils give beer a floral or citrusy aroma, depending on the plant.
Traditionally, Florida was considered too hot and humid to grow hops - most varieties are grown in Germany and other European countries with cooler climates, while 95 percent of hops grown in the U.S. come from Washington and other Pacific Northwest states. An explosion of craft breweries in the U.S. has pushed demand sky high, and as a result, shortages of popular hop varieties are common for smaller breweries, which compete with much larger ones for the same supply.
Three years ago, home-brewing horticulturist Brian Pearson of the University of Florida decided he wanted fresh hops and began doing his own research on what he could grow. He started with a few plants in a small wooden shed, and that has since grown into hundreds of plants and a hope that Florida may have found a new cash crop.
Protesters display umbrellas spelling out "Marcos is no Hero" as they join hundreds of protesters denouncing the planned burial of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroe's Cemetery) during a protest at a park in metro Manila, Philippines August 14, 2016.
Photo by Romeo Ranoco
The U.S. Marine Corps is looking for a few more good women.
And this time the campaign is a bit different. Marine recruiters are turning to girls high school sports teams to find candidates who may be able to meet the Corps' rigorous physical standards, including for the front-line combat jobs now open to women.
Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller says he wants to increase the number of women in the Corps to 1 in 10.
"I've told them that 10 percent is where we want to go and they're working on it," Neller told The Associated Press in an interview. "Go recruit more women. Find them. They're out there."
For years, only about 7 percent to 8 percent of the Corps, which numbers 184,200, has been women. It's the smallest percentage of women among all the military services. But on the heels of the Pentagon decision to allow women who qualify to serve in combat jobs, thousands of new infantry, armor and other front-line posts are now open.
The sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix refused during a recent deposition to accept responsibility for bringing a failed animal cruelty case against the college-age son of a U.S. senator over the heat-exhaustion deaths of 21 dogs at a kennel operated by his in-laws.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio (R-Above The Law) gave the pretrial testimony in a lawsuit by Sen. Jeff Flake's son, who alleges the lawman injured his reputation by repeatedly publicizing trumped-up accusations over the 2014 animal deaths. A copy of the July 14 depositions was publicly released this week by Flake's lawyer, despite objections from the sheriff.
Austin Flake and his then-wife, Logan, were in charge of the dogs while his in-laws were out of town. The in-laws initially said the animals died after a dog chewed through an air conditioning wire.
But prosecutors dismissed the felony animal cruelty charges against the couple after an expert determined the kennel's AC unit failed because it wasn't properly maintained. Prosecutors have said the case presented to grand jurors didn't take into account the potential for problems with the air conditioner. The in-laws have since pleaded guilty to an animal cruelty charge.
The younger Flake's malicious-prosecution lawsuit alleges that Arpaio pursued the investigation to gain publicity and do political damage to the senator, who criticized an investigation by a sheriff's volunteer posse into the authenticity of President Barack Obama's birth certificate. Arpaio has denied the allegations.
A so-called 'Burdistosser', a man who throws a ball of hay, pratices during a training session of the 'Wildheuerfest' festival in the landscape of Laentigen above Sisikon and Lake Lucerne in canton Schwyz, Switzerland, Aug.14, 2016.
Photo by Urs Flueeler
The Wyoming Supreme Court is set to hear arguments next week on whether a Pinedale judge who has said she wouldn't perform same-sex marriages because of her religious beliefs should be removed from office.
Ruth Neely in April filed a petition asking the court to reject a recommendation from the Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics that she lose her posts as a municipal judge and circuit court magistrate.
The commission started an investigation of Neely after she told a reporter in 2014 she would not perform same-sex marriages because of her religious beliefs. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that same-sex couples nationwide may marry.
Attempts to reach Neely and her attorneys, including the Alliance Defending Freedom, an Arizona religious advocacy law firm, were not successful on Friday. Neely is not a lawyer.
In fighting removal, Neely argues that she has a constitutional right to voice her opinion. Her lawyers have said no same-sex couples have asked her to preside over their weddings. She's currently suspended from the circuit court post.
Devotees light firecrackers as an idol of the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesh is transported through a street to a place of worship ahead of the Ganesh Chaturti festival in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. The annual festival celebrating the birthday of the Hindu god, will be held in early September.
Photo by Rafiq Maqbool
Sales at a famed horse auction on a remote state-run farm in eastern Poland on Sunday were much lower this year, with some potential buyers staying away after the country's right-wing government carried out a controversial political purge of managers in the respected Arabian horse breeding program.
An 11-year-old grey mare, Sefora, sold for 300,000 euros ($335,000) at the Pride of Poland auction, but many of the 31 horses in the sale at all found no buyers at all, failing to reach required minimum prices.
Organizers raised about 1.3 million euros ($1.45 million), far below the 2-2.5 million they had sought, money critical to the survival of the enterprise. At last year's auction, one mare, Pepita, sold for 1.4 million euros alone and the sale raised 4.6 million euros - though that was a highly unusual result and not the norm.
The farm at Janow Podlaski is set amid lush meadows near the border with Belarus and has for decades drawn film directors and rock stars, Arab sheikhs and other millionaires seeking some of the world's finest Arabian horses.
The firing of three managers came as the ruling Law and Justice party has brought other widespread changes to the country, including a weakening of the judiciary that has brought international concern over the state of Poland's democracy, and the fate of the prized Arabian breeding program had come to stand as a symbol of those deep changes.
Candidates for political office typically want to show voters who they are and where they stand. But if they don't belong to a traditional political party, demonstrating their ideology and political principles on the ballot can be a challenge.
A mayoral candidate in Pawtucket, Rhode Island will have the phrase "Sick of Scandals" next to his name on the ballot this fall. Rhode Island is one of several states that give unaffiliated candidates some space on the ballot to list a political organization or philosophy. In other states, candidates have gone as far as legally changing their names to express their views.
The state of Washington gives a lot of leeway to candidates in how they define themselves, which is how a candidate was once able to run on the Salmon Yoga Party.
New York's Rent is Too Damn High Party ran into trouble because of the state's 15-letter limit on party labels. After state officials dropped the word 'damn,' which the party's founder thought was needed for emphasis, the party restored its full name in 2010 by using "2'' instead of "too."
Chief Wana Dubie lost his bid to be a U.S. senator from Missouri. Perennial presidential candidate Vermin Supreme, who wears a boot on his head and has advocated for free ponies, came in fourth in this year's New Hampshire's Democratic primary. A perennial anti-abortion candidate in Idaho has legally changed his name to "Pro-Life."
The Airlander 10, part plane, part airship, goes through pre-flight checks at Cardington airfield in Bedfordshire, England, Sunday Aug. 14, 2016. The makers of a blimp-shaped, helium-filled airship billed as the world's biggest aircraft postponed its maiden flight at the last minute on Sunday.
Photo by Joe Giddens
The colorful crew of "Suicide Squad" got duller in their second weekend in theaters, with audiences hungry for the raunchy fare of animated "Sausage Party."
Sony's raunchy R-rated comedy "Sausage Party," co-written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, debuted in second place with $33.6 million, outpacing its reported production budget of $19 million.
The film that was actually for children this weekend, "Pete's Dragon," debuted in third place with a measly $21.5 million. Disney's live-action/CG remake of its 1977 film stars Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard and cost a reported $65 million to produce.
Paramount's Meryl Streep-starrer "Florence Foster Jenkins" also got off to an inauspicious start, taking in $6.6 million from 1,528 locations.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1."Suicide Squad," $43.8 million ($58.7 million international).
2."Sausage Party," $33.6 million ($2.6 million international).
3."Pete's Dragon," $21.5 million ($5.1 million international).
4."Jason Bourne," $13.6 million ($18.6 million international).
5."Bad Moms," $11.5 million ($6.2 million international).
6."The Secret Life of Pets," $8.8 million ($40 million international).
7."Star Trek Beyond," $6.8 million ($2.5 million international).
8."Florence Foster Jenkins," $6.6 million.
9."Nine Lives," $3.5 million ($325,000 international).
&10."Lights Out," $3.2 million ($3.2 million international).
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