Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow Lead 'Capitol Fourth' Celebrations in DC
... Thousands of Americans flocked to the National Mall to celebrate the Fourth of July with a fireworks display, performances by Neil Diamond
and Barry Manilow and selections from the "Lincoln" score played by the National Symphony Orchestra.20 Awesome 'America' Songs Diamond sang "Sweet Caroline" in tribute to victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing, while composer John Williams conducted portions of his "Lincoln" score following a video introduction from the movie's director, Steven Spielberg.Born in the U.S.A.: The Top 50 Artists by State Manilow closed out the annual "Capitol Fourth" concert Thursday night with "Let Freedom Ring" before the crowd streamed away from the Capitol's west lawn to see the fireworks at the other end of the Mall. Covered in scaffolding for repairs following an earthquake nearly two years ago, the Washington Monument provided the backdrop for the 17-minute display. Neil Diamond
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Neil Diamond to debut song for Boston Marathon victims on July 4
... expressed my love for this country and its two greatest assets: the spirit of its people and the freedoms it has afforded us all by law." America's National Independence Day concert will be broadcast live by PBS on July 4 from 8:00 to 9:30 PM EDT. Hosted by Tom Bergeron, the event will also include Barry Manilow, American Idol winners Scotty McCreery and Candice Glover, Darren Criss, Jackie Evancho, Megan Hilty, the cast of Motown: The Musical and conductor John Williams. More from VVN Music Have Your Say Click here to win an iPhone5! Neil Diamond
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Neil Diamond Sings 'Freedom Song' For Boston
... doesn't happen very often but when it does you have to follow that muse and I did." Diamond will perform the patriotic song for the first time on July 4th, first at the Nationals-Brewers game in Washington D.C. and again in his special appearance at the PBS-broadcast "A Capitol Fourth." The Independence Day celebration is beamed live from the U.S. Capitol and can also be heard over NPR affiliate radio stations. more on this story Radio.com is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright Radio.com/CBS Local - Excerpted here with permission. Neil Diamond
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Neil Diamond (January 24, 1941)
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Diamond is probably the most famous Jewish male musician. He is known in some circles as "The Jewish Elvis."
He began his career as a songwriter, working in New York City near the end of the Tin Pan Alley era in the mid-'60s. His songs were recorded by Jay and the Americans, Cliff Richard and The Monkees.
He went to Erasmus high school in Brooklyn, New York, where he sang in the chorus with Barbra Streisand (they never spoke). He later went to Abraham Lincoln High, which is where he graduated. Carole King and Neil Sedaka also went there.
Unlike many Rock Stars, Diamond tends to stay out of trouble. Will Ferrell used to imitate him on Saturday Night Live, poking fun of his mild demeanor in bits where he would use crude language and talk about things like hanging his agent out of the Brill building.
Neil Diamond is his real name, but despite this good fortune, he considered using that stage names Eice Cherry and Noah Kaminsky.
He wears shiny shirts adorned with beads on stage. This can come off as cheesy, but he does it to make himself easier to see.
In 1968, Neil Diamond and Bert Berns, founder of Bang Records, had a disagreement about the path Neil Diamond's career was to follow, and as a result, Berns refused to release the song "Shilo" as a single. After a heated confrontation, Neil Diamond left Bang Records and signed on with Uni Records.
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