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, 1974 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) Rufus, Tell Me Something Good ~ #2 (5) Eric Clapton, I Shot The Sheriff ~ #1 (1) Paul Anka with Odia Coates, (You're) Having My Baby


Van Morrison ~ Ranked #24 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Singers in 2008 ~ John Lee Hooker called Van Morrison “my favorite white blues singer.” Morrison has left his mark on over 40 years' worth of rock, blues, folk, jazz and soul, as well as several genres that only really exist on his records. ~ 2008 © Rolling Stone

In 1999 two Van Morrison albums made it to the VH-1 R&R's All Time Top 100 Albums ~ #40 Astral Weeks (1968) ~ #32 Moondance (1970

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