Irish poet Van Morrison
Singer ~ Songwriter
birth name: George Ivan Morrison

Van Morrison

August 31, 1945, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Van Morrison remains one of the most elusive rock stars of the modern age. Despite the fact that he has released an album every year for three decades, he does not do many interviews. This elusiveness and his moodiness during live appearances often make Morrison seem distant, even gruff. His music is not easily defined by critics; he certainly will never be pigeon-holed. Morrison himself is often at a loss for words when asked to describe one of his songs. His blend of spirituality and mysticism in his lyrics suggests that maybe he has divine intervention. One of his band members, Georgie Fame, suggested that people don't need to know everything about Morrison. He told Jeff Gordinier of Entertainment Weekly, “He's a wonderful Irish poet and a great musician. What else do you want?” The song ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ is perhaps Morrison's best known, but critics agree that Astral Weeks is one of the best albums in rock history. ~ Musicianguide: Van Morrison ~ retrieved August 31, 2013 © Musicianguide

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August 31, 1985 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (5) Aretha Franklin, Freeway Of Love ~ #2 (4) John Parr, St Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion) ~ #1 (1) Huey Lewis, The Power Of Love


Van Morrison ~ Inducted in the 1993 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ~ An obvious influence on fellow musicians ranging from Bruce Springsteen and Bob Seger to Sinead O'Connor and U2, Morrison has been a singular beacon of artistic integrity, soulful conviction and musical excellence. With a minimum of hype or fanfare, working with the discipline of a craftsman and the creativity of a driven artist, he has amassed one of the worthiest and most massive bodies of recorded work in modern times. ~ 1993 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Van Morrison ~ Moondance (1970) ~ #21 Spin 25 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 1989.

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