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Encyclopedia > Gloria (Van Morrison song)

"Gloria" is a rock song written by Van Morrison and originally recorded by Morrison's band Them in 1964 as the B-side of "Baby Please Don't Go," which reached #10 on the UK charts. It later reached #71 on the U.S. charts in 1966. Over the years, it has become a classic in the rock genre, part of many rock bands' repertoires. It is particularly memorable for its "G-L-O-R-I-A" chorus. It is very easy to play and thus is popular with those learning to play guitar. Humorist Dave Barry joked that, if you drop a guitar down a flight of stairs, it will play "Gloria" on its way to the bottom. George Ivan Van Morrison (born August 31, 1945) is a singer and songwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland. ... Them was a British-Irish band formed in Belfast in 1963, featuring Van Morrison on vocals and harmonica, Billy Harrison on guitar, Eric Wrixen on piano and keyboards, Alan Henderson on bass, and Ronnie Millings on drums. ... For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... A guitar is a musical instrument characterized by its visually dominant body and neck. ... David Barry, Jr. ...


Some of the many performers who have recorded cover versions of the Morrison original:

  • Shadows of Knight (from Gloria), #10 in 1966, topping the original in the U.S.
  • Buffalo Group, on Fine Recordings label in the mid to late 1960s recorded a version.
  • As a staple of his concerts, Van Morrison recorded the song as a solo artist for his live albums, It's Too Late to Stop Now (1973) and A Night in San Francisco (1994).
  • Patti Smith, from her 1975 album Horses. This is based on the Morrison tune, but its lyrics are reinvented for the nascent punk rock movement, retaining only the chorus, and adding possibly ironic allusions to the sacred versions. It memorably begins, "Jesus died for somebody's sins / But not mine."
  • Enchantment (from Enchantment, 1976), #5 on Black Singles and #25 on Pop Singles in 1977.
  • The Doors (from Alive, She Cried), a concert performance featuring late, original lead singer Jim Morrison (no relation to Van), #18 on Mainstream Rock and #71 on Hot 100 in 1983.
  • Van Morrison himself with John Lee Hooker (from Too Long in Exile), returning the song to #36 on Mainstream Rock Tracks in 1993.

The song continues to be played by thousands of bands from famous recording artists to unknown garage bands. Shadows of Knight were an American rock band from Chicago who played a form of British blues mixed with influences from their native city (see Chicago blues). ... A Van Morrison Live Album released in 1974. ... A Night in San Francisco is a live album by Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1994. ... Stark in its simplicity, the cover of Patti Smiths first album, Horses, was a photo by Robert Mapplethorpe. ... See also: 1974 in music, other events of 1975, 1976 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 2 - New York City US District Court Judge Richard Owen rules that former Beatle John Lennon and his lawyers can have access to Department of Immigration... Horses is the debut album by Patti Smith released in November of 1975 (see 1975 in music). ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... See also: 1975 in music, other events of 1976, 1977 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Events January-February January 7 - Kenneth Moss, a former record company executive, is sentenced to 120 days in the Los Angeles County Jail and four years probation for... See also: 1976 in music, other events of 1977, 1978 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Events In this year, the St. ... The Doors (formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, California) were a popular and influential American rock band. ... For other people named James or Jim Morrison, see James Morrison James Douglas Jim Morrison (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971) was a singer, songwriter, writer, and poet. ... See also: 1982 in music, other events of 1983, 1984 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events The most long-term influential release of 1983 is probably Head over Heels by the Cocteau Twins, which sold poorly upon its initial release. ... John Lee Hooker John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1917 – June 21, 2001) was an influential American blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. ... Too Long in Exile (1993) is an album by singer and songwriter Van Morrison. ... See also: 1992 in music, other events of 1993, 1994 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 8 - The U.S. Postal service issues an Elvis Presley stamp. ... This article is about the rock band. ... James Marshall Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and cultural icon. ... The Grateful Dead was an American psychedelia-influenced rock band formed in 1965 in San Francisco. ... Rick Springfield (born Richard Lewis Springthorpe on August 23, 1949 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) is a pop singer and actor. ... R.E.M. is a rock band formed in Athens, Georgia in early 1980 by drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and vocalist Michael Stipe. ... Rickie Lee Jones (born November 8, 1954) is a vocalist and songwriter from the United States. ... Link title The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators The 13th Floor Elevators, a rock music group founded in Austin, Texas in late 1965, are commonly regarded as one of the first psychedelic bands and have been cited as an influential protopunk group. ... Disco is a genre of music that originated in discothèques. ...


External links

  • Lyrics to Van Morrison's "Gloria"

 
 

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