Van Morrison

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Legal name: George Ivan Morrison

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Sir George Ivan Morrison OBE (born 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter, instrumentalist and record producer. His professional career began as a teenager in the late 1950s playing a variety of instruments including guitar, harmonica, keyboards and saxophone for various Irish showbands, covering the popular hits of that time. Van Morrison 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's death, Warner Bros. Records bought out his contract and allowed him three sessions to record Astral Weeks (1968). Though this album gradually garnered high praise, it was initially a poor seller.

Moondance (1970) established Morrison as a major artist, and he built on his reputation throughout the 1970s with a series of acclaimed albums and live performances. He 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.

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 the lesser known Veedon Fleece and Common One. The two strains together are sometimes referred to as "Celtic soul". He has received two Grammy Awards, the 1994 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, the 2017 Americana Music Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2016, he was knighted for services to the music industry and to tourism in Northern Ireland. He is known by the nickname Van the Man to his fans.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 The Essential Chieftains The Chieftains 5
2006 They Sold a Million Various Artists 1
2006 We Love the Sixties Various Artists 1
2007 Heartbeat Summer Various Artists 1
2007 '60s Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
2007 De Mooiste Openingsdansen Various Artists 1
2007 Summer of Love: The Hits of 1967 Various Artists 1
2007 Veronica Top 1000 Aller Tijden 2007 Various Artists 1
2007 101 Party Hits Various Artists 1
2007 Absolute Hits 60s Various Artists 1
2007 Absolute Movies Various Artists 1
2007 Flower Power: The Music of the Love Generation Various Artists 1
2007 Gold John Lee Hooker 1
2007 Rolling Stone: The Timeless Stories of the ’70s — Singer/Songwriter Various Artists 1
2007 Say Hey Various Artists 1
2007 Summer of Love Gold Various Artists 1
2007 Testament van de Sixties Various Artists 1
2008 All Night Love Various Artists 1
2008 Essential Acoustic Love Various Artists 1
2008 The Ultimate BBQ Album Various Artists 1
2008 Peace & Love Various Artists 1
2008 Die ultimative Chart Show: Die erfolgreichsten Singer-Songwriter aller Zeiten Various Artists 1
2008 100 60s Hits Various Artists 1
2008 101 Summer Songs Various Artists 1
2008 The Irish Party Album Various Artists 1
2008 The Essential Guide to Acoustic Various Artists 1
2008 The World's Best Ever Beer Songs: 10th Anniversary Various Artists 1
2008 My Life in Music Michael Parkinson 1
2008 Nova Le Grand Mix Various Artists 1
2008 Absolute 60's Various Artists 1
2008 10 Jaar Top 2000 Various Artists 5 1
2008 Candlelight Top 100 Various Artists 1
2008 From The Heart, More Classics Various Artists 3 1
2008 Girls Night In Various Artists 1
2008 Las 101 Grandes Canciones De Amor Various Artists 1
2008 Lo Esencial De Las Clásicas De Universal Stereo Various Artists 5 1
2008 Singer Various Artists 1
2008 When Blues Met Rock Various Artists 1
2009 Steve Wright's Sunday Love Songs... From Me to You X Various Artists 1
2009 Woodstock Generation Various Artists 1
2009 Housework Songs III Various Artists 1
2009 Die Hit-Giganten: Country & Folk Various Artists 1
2009 101 Running Songs Various Artists 1
2009 Essential: Get the Party Started Various Artists 1
2009 The Ultimate Collection: Acoustic - 100 Hits Various Artists 1
2009 100 Movie Hits Various Artists 1
2009 Années 60 Various Artists 1
2009 Audio’s Audiophile, Volume 24: Singers. Songwriters Various Artists 1
2009 Elokuvien 100 suosituinta Various Artists 2
2009 Feel-Good Favorites: Pop Hits of the '60s & '70s Various Artists 1
2009 Floorfillers: The Ultimate Collection Various Artists 1
2009 Hitarchief Top 2000 Various Artists 1
2009 Voices of the 70s Various Artists 1
2010 L'album Folk Various Artists 1
2010 50 Jaar Radio Veronica: The 60’s Various Artists 1
2010 100 Car Classics Various Artists 1
2010 100 Hollywood Movie Soundtrack Hits (Re-Recorded / Remastered Versions) Various Artists 1
2010 101 Barbecue Songs Various Artists 1
2010 The Old Grey Whistle Test – The Album Various Artists 1
2010 Easy Rider - 100 Songs Of The '60s & '70s Various Artists 1
2010 Happy Songs Various Artists 1
2010 Pure… Movies Various Artists 1
2010 FM4 Sunny Side Up 10 Various Artists 2
2010 Pure… Psychedelic Rock Various Artists 1
2010 Télérama: 60 ans de musiques Various Artists 1
2010 101 Floorfillers Various Artists 1
2010 Geniesser Lounge: Easy Summer Beach Various Artists 1
2010 Pure… Guitar Heroes Various Artists 1
2010 101 BBQ Songs Various Artists 1
2010 101 Sixties Party Hits Various Artists 1
2010 Back to the 70's Various Artists 1
2010 Come Dine With Me Presents: Dinner Party Songs Various Artists 1
2010 De Topcollectie '60 Various Artists 1
2010 Greatest Hits John Lee Hooker 1
2010 Guitar Classics: The Best Singer Songwriters Various Artists 1
2010 O melhor dos anos 60 Various Artists 1
2010 Playlist: The Playlist Series Sampler, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2010 Race for Life: The Official 2010 Soundtrack Various Artists 1
2010 Rock’mantique Top 100, Vol. 3 Various Artists 1
2010 Terry Wogan The Collection Various Artists 1
2010 The Launchpack Various Artists 1
2011 Veronica Top 1000 Allertijden: Editie 2011 Various Artists 1
2011 Best of British Various Artists 1
2011 Memories of My Trip Chris Barber 1
2011 Now That's What I Call a Wedding! Various Artists 1
2011 Pure… Singer/Songwriter Various Artists 1
2011 1000 Klassiekers Radio 2 - De Absolute Top, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2011 Ultimate Office Party Various Artists 1
2011 101 60s Hits Various Artists 1
2011 Gerard Ekdom's BBQ Box, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2012 Hitarchief Top 2000, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
2012 Pure… 60s Various Artists 1
2012 The Essential Blues Various Artists 1
2012 101 More Housework Songs Various Artists 1
2012 The Old Grey Whistle Test: Live Various Artists 1
2012 101 Ultimate Beer Songs Various Artists 1
2012 The Classic Rock Collection Various Artists 1
2012 Pure… Guitar Legends Various Artists 1
2012 100x Winter 2012 Various Artists 1
2012 Âge tendre et têtes de bois Various Artists 1

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