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Diana Nyad said she wasn't assisted on her swim from Cuba to Florida

MIAMI, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Swimmer Diana Nyad, who successfully completed the 110-mile journey from Cuba to Florida, said she is defending her accomplishment to her peers.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.
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'Babel' tops U.S. album chart

'Babel' tops U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Mumford & Sons' "Babel" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart for a second week, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 31, 2012.
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Montrose's death deemed suicide

LOS ANGELES, April 11 (UPI) -- Rock musician Ronnie Montrose's death last month from a gunshot wound to the head has been declared a suicide, the San Mateo County Coroner said.

Guitarist Ronnie Montrose dies

DENVER, March 4 (UPI) -- Colorado guitarist Ronnie Montrose, who played with an A-list of musicians when not fronting his own band, has died at the age of 64, his Web site said.

Court record details Morrison's love life

LONDON, April 17 (UPI) -- A British newspaper said Sunday that rock legend Van Morrison was not entirely truthful when he said he didn't know the woman claiming to have had his baby.
Fallon begins 'Late Show' stint

Fallon begins 'Late Show' stint

NEW YORK, March 3 (UPI) -- Robert De Niro, Justin Timberlake, Van Morrison and Conan O'Brien appeared on the inaugural episode of "Late Show with Jimmy Fallon" early Tuesday.
Timberlake to be a guest on 1st 'Fallon'

Timberlake to be a guest on 1st 'Fallon'

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. pop star Justin Timberlake is to join Robert De Niro and musical guest Van Morrison for the premiere episode of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," NBC said.
De Niro to appear on first 'Fallon' show

De Niro to appear on first 'Fallon' show

NEW YORK, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. film star Robert De Niro and rocker Van Morrison have agreed to appear on the premiere episode of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," NBC said Thursday.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008.
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Rhys Meyers, Russell reunite for 'Rush'

NEW YORK, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Keri Russell said she was happy to reunite with her "Mission: Impossible III" co-star Jonathan Rhys Meyers on the film "August Rush."

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 31, 2007.
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Irish take over the world

DUBLIN, Ireland, March 17 (UPI) -- All the world was Irish Saturday as Saint Patrick's Day was marked by parties and parades in Ireland and across the globe.
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Van Morrison opens the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest at Lebreton Flats in Ottawa, Canada on July 4, 2007. This is his first performance in the nation's capital after forty years. (UPI Photo/Grace Chiu).
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Van Morrison, OBE (born George Ivan Morrison; 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. His live performances at their best are regarded as transcendental and inspired; while some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance, and the live album It's Too Late to Stop Now, are widely viewed as among the greatest ever made.

Known as "Van the Man" to his fans, Morrison started his professional career when, as a teenager in the late 1950s, he played a variety of instruments including guitar, harmonica, keyboards and saxophone for various Irish showbands covering the popular hits of the day. He rose to prominence in the mid-1960s as the lead singer of the Northern Irish R&B band Them, with whom he recorded the garage band classic "Gloria". His solo career began under the pop-hit oriented guidance of Bert Berns with the release of the hit single "Brown Eyed Girl" in 1967. After Berns' death, Warner Bros. Records bought out his contract and allowed him three sessions to record Astral Weeks in 1968. Even though this album would gradually garner high praise, it was initially poorly received; however, the next one, Moondance, established Morrison as a major artist, and throughout the 1970s he built on his reputation with a series of critically acclaimed albums and live performances. Morrison continues to record and tour, producing albums and live performances that sell well and are generally warmly received, sometimes collaborating with other artists, such as Georgie Fame and The Chieftains. In 2008 he performed Astral Weeks live for the first time since 1968.

Much of Morrison's music is structured around the conventions of soul music and R&B, such as the popular singles, "Brown Eyed Girl", "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)", "Domino" and "Wild Night". An equal part of his catalogue consists of lengthy, loosely connected, spiritually inspired musical journeys that show the influence of Celtic tradition, jazz, and stream-of-consciousness narrative, such as Astral Weeks and lesser-known works such as Veedon Fleece and Common One. The two strains together are sometimes referred to as "Celtic Soul".

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