Van Morrison

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Legal name: George Ivan Morrison


Van Morrison (Sir George Ivan Morrison, OBE, born 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer and songwriter with a reputation for being at once stubborn, idiosyncratic, and sublime. His studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance, and the live album It's Too Late to Stop Now, are acclaimed as among the greatest recorded. In 2016 he was knighted for his musical achievements and his services to tourism and charitable causes in Northern Ireland.

Known as "Van the Man", 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 (1968). Even though this album would gradually garner high praise, it was initially a poor seller; Moondance (1970), however, established Morrison as a major artist, and he built on his reputation throughout the 1970s with a series of 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 the album Astral Weeks and lesser-known ones such as Veedon Fleece and Common One. The two strains together are sometimes referred to as "Celtic soul". He has received six Grammy Awards, the 1994 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987-06-21: Glastonbury Festival, Glastonbury, UK Van Morrison 1
1987‐06‐21: And If You Get It Right This Time: Glastonbury, Somerset, UK Van Morrison 1
1990-07-11: Live in Montreux: Montreux Jazz Festival, Casino de Montreux, Montreux, Switzerland Van Morrison 1
1991-04-01: Pagan Streams: Muziekcentrum Vrendenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands Van Morrison 1
1994-02-26: A Night in Oxford: Apollo Theatre, Oxford, UK Van Morrison 1
1995-12-17: From Dublin Up to Sandy Row: The Point Depot, Dublin, Ireland Van Morrison 1
1996-06-19: Wembley Arena, London, UK Ray Charles & Van Morrison 1
1997-12-03/04: An Esoteric Evening With Van Morrison: St. Davids Hall, Cardiff, UK Van Morrison 1
2000-04-20: A Night at the Opera: The Opera House, Blackpool, Lancs, UK Van Morrison 1
2001-05-25: Around the May Pole: TP Music & Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland Van Morrison 1
2003-07-15: Hoochie Coochie Van: Arena Santa Giuliana, Perugia, Italy Van Morrison 1
How Long Is a Piece of String? Van Morrison 1
I Like Candy Van Morrison 1
Live USA Van Morrison 1
Rocks His Gypsy Soul (Van Morrison Gets His Chance to Wail, Volume 3) Van Morrison 1
This Is Van Morrison Van Morrison 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 Bright Side of the Road Van Morrison 1
1989 Have I Told You Lately Van Morrison 1
1989 Whenever God Shines His Light Van Morrison with Cliff Richard 1
1990 4 Tracks From Enlightenment Van Morrison 1
1990 In the Days Before Rock 'n' Roll Van Morrison 1
1990 Real Real Gone Van Morrison 1
1991 I Can't Stop Loving You Van Morrison 1
1991 Why Must I Always Explain? Van Morrison 1
1993 4 Track CD Sampler Van Morrison 1
1993 Gloria Van Morrison and John Lee Hooker 1
1995 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? The Chieftains with Van Morrison 1
1995 Days Like This Van Morrison 2
1995 No Religion Van Morrison 1
1995 Perfect Fit Van Morrison 1
1997 Rough God Goes Riding Van Morrison 1
1997 The Healing Game Van Morrison 1
1997 The Healing Game Van Morrison 1
1999 Precious Time Van Morrison 3
1999 Philosophers Stone Van Morrison 2
1999 Back on Top Van Morrison 3
2000 I Wanna Go Home Van Morrison, Lonnie Donegan & Chris Barber 1
2000 Let's Talk About Us Van Morrison & Linda Gail Lewis 2
2002 Hey Mr. DJ Van Morrison 2
2002 Meet Me in the Indian Summer Van Morrison 2
2003 Once in a Blue Moon Van Morrison 1
2007 Cry for Home Van Morrison and Tom Jones 1
2008 That's Entrainment Van Morrison 1
2012 Open the Door (To Your Heart) Van Morrison 1
Celtic New Year Van Morrison 1
Gloria Van Morrison feat. John Lee Hooker 1

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 That's Life Van Morrison with Georgie Fame & Friends 1

Other + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Live at Montreux 1980 Van Morrison 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Edinburgh Castle Van Morrison 1
Blowin' your mind! Van Morrison 1
Can You Feel the Silence Van Morrison 4 1
Spanish Rose Van Morrison 1
The Early Years 67–68 Van Morrison 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Here Comes Van Morrison & Them & The Blizzards & The Monarchs Van Morrison 1
1998 Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison 1
2007 Here Comes Van Morrison 1

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