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Van Morrison
Van Morrison at Marin Civic Center, 2007 (photo by Art Siegel)
Van Morrison at Marin Civic Center, 2007 (photo by Art Siegel)
Background information
Birth name George Ivan Morrison
Born August 31, 1945 (1945-08-31) (age 62)
Origin Belfast, Northern Ireland
Genre(s) Rock, blue-eyed soul, R&B, folk, blues, celtic, jazz, country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, Musician
Instrument(s) vocals, guitar, harmonica, saxophone, keyboards, drums and tambourine
Years active 1960–Present
Associated
acts
Them
Website VanMorrison.co.uk

George Ivan Morrison OBE (generally known as Van Morrison) (born August 31, 1945) is a Grammy Award-winning Irish singer, songwriter, author, poet and multi-instrumentalist, who has been a professional musician since the late 1950s. He plays a variety of instruments, including the guitar, harmonica, keyboards, drums, and saxophone. Featuring his characteristic growl — a unique mix of folk, blues, Irish, scat, and Celtic influences — Morrison is widely considered one of the most unusual and influential vocalists in the history of rock and roll.[1][2][3] Critic Greil Marcus has gone so far as to say that "no white man sings like Van Morrison." 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Known as "Van the Man" by his fans, Morrison first rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Northern Irish band Them, penning their seminal 1964 hit "Gloria". A few years later, Morrison left the band for a successful solo career. Northern Ireland (Irish: ) is a part of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ... Them was a Northern Irish band formed in Belfast in April 1964, best known for the garage rock standard Gloria and launching singer Van Morrisons career. ... Gloria is a rock song written by Van Morrison and originally recorded by Morrisons band Them in 1964 as the B-side of Baby Please Dont Go, which reached #10 on the UK charts. ...


Morrison has pursued an idiosyncratic musical path. Much of his music is tightly structured around the conventions of American soul and R&B, such as the popular singles "Brown Eyed Girl", "Moondance", "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 his classic album Astral Weeks and lesser known works such as Veedon Fleece and Common One. The two strains together are sometimes referred to as "Celtic Soul". For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Brown Eyed Girl is a song written and recorded in 1967 by Northern Irish singer-songwriter, Van Morrison and produced by Bang Records chief Bert Berns. ... Moondance is a Van Morrison song that was the title song on the 1970 album, Moondance. ... Domino is a hit song that was included on Van Morrisons album, His Band and the Street Choir which was released in 1970. ... Wild Night is a song by Van Morrison from his 1971 album Tupelo Honey. ... Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic politically divided between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... In literary criticism, stream of consciousness is a literary technique that seeks to portray an individuals point of view by giving the written equivalent of the characters thought processes, either in a loose interior monologue, or in connection to his or her sensory reactions to external occurrences. ... For the Charles Mingus album, see Astral Weeks (Charles Mingus album). ... Veedon Fleece is the eighth studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in February, 1974 (see 1974 in music). ... Common One is an album of Van Morrison, released in 1980. ...


Morrison's career, spanning some five decades, has influenced many popular musical artists. In 1993 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2000, Morrison ranked #25 on American cable music channel VH1's list of its 100 greatest artists of rock and roll, and in 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Van Morrison 42nd on their list of The Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[4][5] Paste Magazine ranked him 20th in their list of 100 Greatest Living Songwriters in 2006 and Q Magazine ranked him 22nd on their list of 100 Greatest Singers in April 2007.[6][7] The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... The Songwriters Hall of Fame is an arm of the National Academy of Popular Music. ... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division... This article is about the music magazine. ... Issue 19 of Paste magazine (December 2005/January 2006), featuring Fiona Apple. ... Q is a music and entertainment magazinepublished monthly in the United Kingdom. ...

Contents

Biography

Early life

George Ivan (Van) Morrison was born on August 31, 1945, and grew up at 125 Hyndford Street,[8] in Bloomfield, Belfast, Northern Ireland as the only child of George Morrison, a shipyard worker and Violet Stitt Morrison, a singer and tap dancer in her youth.[9] Van was exposed to music from an early age, as his father, having spent time working in Detroit, Michigan collected American jazz, country and western, and blues albums.[10] His father's taste in music was passed on to him and he grew up listening to artists such as Jelly Roll Morton, Ray Charles, Lead Belly and Solomon Burke. In a 2005 Rolling Stone article he said, "Those guys were the inspiration that got me going. If it wasn't for that kind of music, I couldn't do what I'm doing now."[11] is the 243rd day of the year (244th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... This article is about the city in Northern Ireland. ... Northern Ireland (Irish: , Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a constituent country of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ... An only child is a child with no siblings, either biological or adopted. ... Small shipyard in Klaksvík (Faroe Islands), reparing fishing vessels Fish ladder and shipyard in Grave, the Netherlands Construction hall of Schichau Seebeck Shipyard, Bremerhaven Gdynia Shipyard Shipyards and dockyards are places which repair and build ships. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Tap dance was born in the United States during the 19th century, and today is popular all around the world. ... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... This article is about the U.S. State. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Country music, once known as Country and Western music, is a popular musical form developed in the southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, spirituals, and the blues. ... Blues music redirects here. ... Morton in the 1920s Ferdinand Jelly Roll Morton September 20, 1890 - July 10, 1941) was an American virtuoso pianist, bandleader and composer who some call the first true composer of jazz music. ... For the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... For the film, see Leadbelly (film). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the magazine. ...


In a taped 1969 interview, his mother said that he was listening to recordings from the age of two, when he would tug at her apron strings urging her to play more records. (His grandmother) "used to come up and take turns, because he'd have you play them morning, noon and night." There were sing-songs in the house on Saturday nights with family and friends and, although shy, the young Morrison would always sing upon request. He gave his first performance as a child with a rendition of Lead Belly's "Goodnight Irene".[12] He would perform this same song years later with another of his boyhood idols, Lonnie Donegan, on his album, The Skiffle Sessions - Live in Belfast 1998. Historical records of events have been made for thousands of years in one form or another. ... Buskers perform in San Francisco A performance, in performing arts, generally comprises an event in which one group of people (the performer or performers) behave in a particular way for another group of people (the audience). ... Goodnight Irene, or Irene, is an American folk standard. ... Lonnie Donegan MBE (29 April 1931 – 3 November 2002) was a skiffle musician, possibly the most famous of them all, with more than 20 UK Top 30 hits to his name. ...


Young Morrison's father, noting his son's genuine interest, bought him his first guitar at age twelve. Morrison learned to play rudimentary chords, while studying the song book The Carter Family Style. He soon formed a skiffle band named the Sputniks with school friends. They played at some of the local cinemas, and even at this young age, Van was already taking the lead and doing most of the singing and arranging. At fourteen, he formed another modified skiffle band, Midnight Special and played at a school concert. When this band broke up he wanted to join the Thunderbolts, but they turned him down because they already had a guitar player. After talking his father into buying him a saxophone, Van took lessons in tenor sax and music reading from George Cassidy, a local teacher, and practiced playing unremittingly for a month.[13] He then joined the Thunderbolts, playing in church dance halls and hospitals around town. The young Morrison was already noted for his uncommunicative nature and his inadequate social skills by his fellow band members, who remarked that his parents were remarkably patient with their only child. His mother disclosed that she took him aside one day to tell him he needed to learn to talk to people. According to his mother, "Van said to me that it wasn't that he didn't want to talk but tunes were running through his head all the time. He said he didn't know whether he'd been blessed or cursed because the words and music wouldn't leave him."[14] For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Typical fingering for a second inversion C major chord on a guitar. ... Song book, a book containing lyrics and/or notes for songs. ... Doghouse Skiffle Group Skiffle is a type of folk music with a jazz and blues influence, usually using homemade or improvised instruments such as the washboard, tea chest bass, kazoo, cigar-box fiddle, musical saw, comb and paper, and so forth, as well as more conventional instruments such as acoustic... In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... For the album by The Cure, see Concert (album). ... The saxophone (colloquially referred to as sax) is a conical-bored instrument of the woodwind family. ... The tenor saxophone is one of the larger members of the saxophone family invented by Adolphe Sax. ... Dance hall in its general meaning is a hall for dancing. ... Social skills are skills a social animal uses to interact and communicate with others to assist status in the social structure and other motivations. ...


When Van finished school at fourteen, coming from a hard working family, he was expected to get a regular, full-time job.[15] After several short apprenticeship positions, he settled into a job as a window cleaner, referenced in the autobiographical songs, "Cleaning Windows" and "Saint Dominic's Preview".[16] Young Morrison also played with the Harry Mack Showband, the Great Eight, with his older workplace friend, Geordie Sproule. He was later to name Sproule as one of his biggest influences. Morrison was drinking wine regularly by the age of fifteen, and had learned to perform an outlandish and attention-getting stage act by watching Sproule.[17] Apprenticeship is a system of training a new generation of skilled crafts practitioners, which is still popular in some countries. ... A window cleaner. ... For music albums named Autobiography, see Greek eauton = self, bios = life and graphein = write) is a form of biography, the writing of a life story. ... Cleaning Windows is a song writen by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and recorded on his 1982 album, Beautiful Vision. ... Saint Dominics Preview is the title song on the 1972 sixth album of Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. ... For other uses, see Wine (disambiguation). ...


Over the Christmas holidays in 1961, Morrison's favourite cousin, Gloria Gordon, died from cancer, and a week later their maternal grandmother, Alice Stitt, died suddenly from a brain hemorrhage. Other than his mother, these two women had been his closest female relatives since birth, and their deaths would have a lasting effect on him.[18] For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Cousin (disambiguation). ... Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these to spread, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion, or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis (where cancer cells are transported through the bloodstream or lymphatic system). ... A cerebral hemorrhage is a condition in the brain in which a blood vessel leaks. ...


Many of the places of Morrison's childhood, such as "Cyprus Avenue",[19]Fitzroy, Hyndford Street, Sandy Row, and "Orangefield" (the boys' school he attended), would find their way into the lyrics of some of his most famous songs. His contented and self-absorbed childhood would be an important factor in the nostalgic and searching tone of much of his music throughout his long career. Cyprus Avenue is a song written by Van Morrison and included on his 1968 album Astral Weeks. ... Orangefield High School is a secondary school in East Belfast, Northern Ireland. ...


After the death of his father in April 1988, Morrison would honour his father's memory with the song "Choppin' Wood", which he often performs in concert.[20] Choppin Wood is a song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and included on his 2002 album entitled Down the Road. ...


1960s

Morrison left home at seventeen to tour Europe with the group the Monarchs alongside his boyhood friend, George Jones, who later founded the showband Clubsound. Upon returning to East Belfast, the Monarchs disbanded.[21] Morrison connected with Geordie Sproule again and played with him in the Manhattan Showband along with guitarist Herbie Armstrong. When Armstrong auditioned to play with Brian Rossi and the Golden Eagles, Morrison went along and both were hired. He had acquired his first position as a blues singer as the band was not in need of a saxophonist, but he soon left to form an R&B Club at the Maritime Hotel. Needing a group to perform with there, he joined up with the members of The Gamblers. Before the first opening night at the Maritime in April 1964, the group changed their name to Them from a Fifties horror movie.[22] Morrison soon came to prominence fronting the band, as he was the only song-writer. Them had a number of chart hits, most notably the rock standard "Gloria", subsequently covered by many artists, including Patti Smith, The Doors, Shadows of Knight, and Jimi Hendrix. In June 1966, while Them was headlining a three-week residency at the famed Whisky-a-Go-Go, Jim Morrison and The Doors were the opening act on the last week. Van's influence on Jim's developing stage performance was noted by John Densmore in his book Riders On The Storm, "Jim Morrison learned quickly from his near namesake's stagecraft, his apparent recklessness, his air of subdued menace, the way he would improvise poetry to a rock beat, even his habit of crouching down by the bass drum during instrumental breaks."[23] On the last night the two Morrisons and the two bands jammed together on "Gloria".[24] Van and Jim would eventually become good friends, often joking that they were brothers. For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... George Jones (1944–) is a radio and TV personality from Belfast, Northern Ireland. ... Clubsound were one of the more successful showband groups from Northern Ireland during the 1960s and 1970s. ... East Belfast is a Parliamentary Constituency in the House of Commons and also an Assembly constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Them was a Northern Irish band formed in Belfast in April 1964, best known for the garage rock standard Gloria and launching singer Van Morrisons career. ... Gloria is a rock song written by Van Morrison and originally recorded by Morrisons band Them in 1964 as the B-side of Baby Please Dont Go, which reached #10 on the UK charts. ... Patricia Lee (Patti) Smith (born December 30, 1946) is an American musician, singer, and poet. ... The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles by vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore, and guitarist Robby Krieger. ... 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). ... Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter. ... , The Whisky, today The Whisky, circa early 1970s Early Whisky matchbox. ... For other persons named James or Jim Morrison, see James Morrison. ... John Paul Densmore (born December 1, 1944, in Los Angeles, California) is American drummer best known as the drummer of the rock group The Doors from 1965 to 1973. ... A bass drum is a large drum that produces a note of low definite or indefinite pitch. ...


Morrison and the other Them band members became involved in a dispute with their manager, Decca Records' Phil Solomon, over the revenues paid them on the two month United States of America west coast tour.[25] He returned to Belfast, intending to quit the music business. Them’s one-time producer, Bert Berns, persuaded him to return to New York and record solo for the Bang Records label.[26] From these early sessions emerged one of his best-known songs, "Brown Eyed Girl", which reached No.10 in the US charts in 1967. Master session drummer Gary Chester played on that song.[27] The album that came from those sessions was Blowin' Your Mind!. Morrison later admitted he wasn't pleased with the results, claiming in a Rolling Stone interview in 1969, "It came out wrong and they released it without my consent."[28] Recordings from these sessions have been occasionally re-released by Bang and in bootleg form, under various names. Most of these recordings were remixed and repackaged in 1991 as the Bang Masters. The compilation included an alternate take of "Brown Eyed Girl", as well as early versions of "Beside You" and "Madame George", songs that would appear with slightly different chord changes, instrumentation, and lyrics on Morrison's second album. It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... Bertrand Russell Berns (November 8, 1929 - December 30, 1967) (a/k/a Bert Russell and Bert Berns) was one of the great American songwriters and record producers of the 1960s. ... Bang Records was created by Bert Berns in 1965 together with his partners from Atlantic Records: Ahmet Ertegun, Neshui Ertegun and Jerry Wexler (Gerald). ... Brown Eyed Girl is a song written and recorded in 1967 by Northern Irish singer-songwriter, Van Morrison and produced by Bang Records chief Bert Berns. ... For the comic book character, see Drummer (comics). ... Blowin Your Mind! is the solo debut album by Irish musician Van Morrison recorded on the 28th and 29th of March 1967. ... Bang Masters is an music album by Van Morrison released in 1991. ... Beside You is the second track on the 1968 album Astral Weeks by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. ... Madame George is a song by Irish musician Van Morrison. ...


After Berns’ death in 1967, Morrison was involved in a contract dispute with Berns' widow that prevented him from performing on stage or recording in the New York area .[29] The song, "Big Time Operators", released in 1991, chronicled his dealings with the New York music business during this time period.[30] He then moved to Boston, Massachusetts and was soon confronted with personal and financial problems; he had "slipped into a malaise" and had trouble finding gigs.[31] However, through the few gigs he could find, he regained his professional footing and started recording with the Warner Bros. Records label.[32][33]The record company was able to buy out his contract with Bang Records, and Morrison fulfilled a highly unusual clause that bound him to submit thirty-six original songs within a year by recording thirty-one nonsense songs in one session.[34] A contract is a legally binding exchange of promises or agreement between parties that the law will enforce. ... This article is about the state. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Malaise is a feeling of general discomfort or uneasiness, an out of sorts feeling, often the first indication of an infection or other disease. ... Warner Bros. ...

Morrison's seminal 1968 album Astral Weeks

His first album for Warner Bros. Records was Astral Weeks (which he had already performed in several clubs around Boston), a mystical song cycle, considered by many to be his best work.[35] Morrison has said, "When Astral Weeks came out, I was starving, literally."[36] Released in 1968, the album was critically acclaimed, but received an indifferent response from the public. To this day, it remains in an unclassifiable music genre and has been described as hypnotic, meditative, and having a unique musical power. It has been compared to French Impressionism and mystical Celtic poetry.[37][38][39]In his review, Scott Thomas states: "'Astral Weeks', the opening song, introduces a conceit that would become the philosophical and emotional cornerstone of all of Van's subsequent works; the belief that love between a man and a woman is the closest mortal, earthbound beings like ourselves can come to experiencing Heaven (at least in this life)."[40] Perhaps the best known review in rock history was written by the influential music journalist Lester Bangs in 1979, describing the effect that Astral Weeks had on his life.[41] It has often been placed on the most authoritative lists of best albums of all time. In the 1995 MOJO list of 100 Best Albums, it was listed as #2, and was #19 on the Rolling Stone Magazine's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003.[42] Download high resolution version (714x709, 75 KB)Astral Weeks, by Van Morrison (1968) This image is the cover of an album or single. ... Download high resolution version (714x709, 75 KB)Astral Weeks, by Van Morrison (1968) This image is the cover of an album or single. ... For the Charles Mingus album, see Astral Weeks (Charles Mingus album). ... A song cycle is a group of songs designed to be performed in sequence as a single entity. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the art movement. ... Astral Weeks is the title song and opening track on the 1968 album Astral Weeks by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. ... For other uses, see Heaven (disambiguation). ... Lester Bangs during an interview Leslie Conway Bangs (December 14, 1948 – April 30, 1982) was an American music journalist, author and musician. ... For other uses, see Mojo (disambiguation). ... This article is about the music magazine. ... Promotional Book Cover The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2003. ...


1970s

Van Morrison in concert, mid 70s.

Morrison then moved to Woodstock, New York, and released his next album, Moondance, in 1970. Moondance reached #29 on the Billboard charts. The style of this album was in great contrast to that of Astral Weeks. Whereas Astral Weeks was a sorrowful and vulnerable album, Moondance was a much more optimistic and cheerful affair. The title track, although not released in the US as a single until 1977, was heavily played in many radio formats. The evocative song "Into the Mystic" has also gained a wide following over the years. The single released was "Come Running", which reached the US Top 40. Moondance was both well received and favourably reviewed. Lester Bangs and Greil Marcus had a combined full page review in Rolling Stone Magazine, stating that Morrison now had "the striking imagination of a consciousness that is visionary in the strongest sense of the word."[43]"That was the type of band I dig," Morrison said of the Moondance sessions. "Two horns and a rhythm section - they're the type of bands that I like best." He produced the album himself as he felt like nobody else knew what he wanted.[44]Moondance was listed at #65 on the Rolling Stone Magazine's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[45]In March 2007, Moondance was listed as #72 on the NARM Rock and Roll Hall of Fame list of the "Definitive 200".[46] Image File history File links Van Morrison Promotional Image. ... Woodstock is a town in Ulster County, New York, United States. ... Moondance is a folk-R & B album by Irish singer/songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1970 (see 1970 in music). ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... A title track is the name for a song which shares its name with the album its from. ... A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into List of Sliders episodes. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Rhythm section refers to the musicians whose primary jobs in a jazz or popular music band or ensemble is to establish the rhythm of a song or musical piece, often via repeated riffs or ostinati. ... Promotional Book Cover The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2003. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ...


Over the next few years, he released several acclaimed albums, among them a second one in 1970. His Band and the Street Choir had a freer, more relaxed sound than Moondance, but not the perfection, in many critics' opinions, and contained the hit single "Domino". The last song "Street Choir" took on a more serious tone. His Band and the Street Choir is an album by Van Morrison released in 1970. ...


In 1971, he moved with his family to a hilltop home in Fairfax, California[47] and released another popular album, Tupelo Honey. This album produced the hit single "Wild Night", and the catchy title song that has a very country and western feel about it. It ended with another country tune, "Moonshine Whisky". Morrison said he originally intended to make an all country album.[48] His co-producer, Ted Templeman, was impressed with Morrison's ability as a musician, arranger and producer, describing it at the time as the "scariest thing I've ever seen. When he's got something together, he wants to put it down right away with no overdubbing."[49]He claimed later, "I'd never work with Van Morrison again as long as I live, even if he offered me two million dollars in cash. I aged ten years producing three of his albums."[50] He later regretted the statement, however.[51] Fairfax is an incorporated town in Marin County, California, United States. ... Tupelo Honey is a an album by Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1971 (see 1971 in music). ... Wild Night is a song by Van Morrison from his 1971 album Tupelo Honey. ... Country music, once known as Country and Western music, is a popular musical form developed in the southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, spirituals, and the blues. ... Ted Templeman (born October 24, 1944) is an influential American record producer. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... In popular music an arrangement is a setting of a piece of music, which may have been composed by the arranger or by someone else. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ...


Released in 1972, Saint Dominic's Preview, was an indication that Morrison was breaking away from the more accessible style of the last three albums and moving back towards the more daring, adventurous, meditative aspects of Astral Weeks. The combination of two styles of music gave it a versatility that had been lacking before in his previous albums. Two songs ("Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)"and "Redwood Tree") reached the Hot 100. Two other songs ("Listen to the Lion" and "Almost Independence Day") were ten and eleven minutes long and employed the same poetic imagery not heard since Astral Weeks.[52] It was his highest charting album ever. Saint Dominics Preview is an album by Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison released in 1972. ... Jackie Wilson Said (Im in Heaven When You Smile) is the opening tune on Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrisons 1972 album, Saint Dominics Preview. ... Listen to the Lion is a song featured on the Northern Irish singer/songwriter Van Morrisons sixth album Saint Dominics Preview (1972). ... Almost Independence Day is the closing song on Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrisons 1972 album Saint Dominics Preview. ...

Van Morrison, early 70s

By 1972, despite being a performer for nearly 10 years, he began experiencing stage-fright when performing for audiences of thousands, as opposed to the hundreds that he had experienced in his early career. He became anxious on stage and would have difficulty establishing eye contact with the audience. He once said in an interview about performing on stage, "I dig singing the songs but there are times when it's pretty agonizing for me to be out there."[53] After a brief break from music, he started performing in clubs, regaining his ability to perform live, albeit with smaller audiences. He then formed the backing group The Caledonia Soul Orchestra and ventured on a three month US tour with them. The tour was captured for posterity on the live double album, It's Too Late to Stop Now, regarded as one of the great live albums in rock history.[54][55] Soon after recording the album, Morrison restructured the Caledonia Soul Orchestra into a smaller unit, the Caledonia Soul Express. For many years, his parents owned a record store in Fairfax, California named Caledonia Records. Image File history File links Van Morrison promotional image. ... For other uses, see Stage fright (disambiguation). ... The Caledonia Soul Orchestra was the band created by Van Morrison in 1973. ... A double album is an audio album of sufficient length that two units of the medium in which it is sold (especially records and compact discs) are necessary to contain the entirety of it. ... Its Too Late to Stop Now is a live album compilation by Van Morrison, released in 1974. ... // Many successful recording artists release at least one live album at some point during their career. ...


In 1973, Morrison divorced his wife of five years, actress and model, Janet (Planet) Rigsbee, with whom he had a daughter, the singer-songwriter, Shana Morrison, who has appeared on stage with her father on several occasions and has duetted with him on his albums, (1994s) A Night in San Francisco and (1995s) Days Like This. Morrison had mixed, but mostly negative, reviews with his 1973 album, Hard Nose the Highway. It contained the popular song "Warm Love" but otherwise has been largely dismissed.[56]However, the Rolling Stone Magazine reviewer concluded: "Hard Nose the Highway is psychologically complex, musically somewhat uneven and lyrically excellent."[57] Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... A model is a person who poses or displays for purposes of art, fashion, or other products and advertising. ... Shana Morrison born April 7, 1970 in Kingston, New York, is an American singer/songwriter and the daughter of Van Morrison. ... Hard Nose the Highway is a Van Morrison album, released in 1973. ... Warm Love is a hit song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and included on his 1973 album Hard Nose the Highway. ...


He then released the introspective and poignant album, Veedon Fleece, in 1974. Though it attracted little attention at the time of its release, its critical stature has grown over the years, and Veedon Fleece is now considered one of Morrison's best works."[58]"You Don't Pull No Punches, But You Don't Push the River", one of the album's side closers, exemplifies the long, hypnotic, cryptic Morrison with its references to visionary poet William Blake and to the apparently Grail-like Veedon Fleece object. Veedon Fleece is the eighth studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in February, 1974 (see 1974 in music). ... William Blake (November 28, 1757 – August 12, 1827) was an English poet, visionary, painter, and printmaker. ... For other uses, see Holy Grail (disambiguation). ...


Morrison would not release a follow-up album for the next three years. After ten years without taking time off, he said in an interview, that he just needed to get away from music completely and even ceased listening to it for several months. Also suffering from writer's block, he later confessed that he seriously considered leaving the music business for good. During this time, he lived in isolation "far from the beaten track."(Heylin)[59] Greil Marcus stated that he drove by on the road one time and there was this big sign that said, Van Morrison's Self-Improvement Camp. "I have no idea if someone put it up there as a prank or if he'd put it up; (nor whether) you went there to improve yourself or whether you went there to improve him, but it somehow struck me as very appropriate."[59] A new album was often rumoured to be ready for release under such titles as Mechanical Bliss, Naked in the Jungle and Stiff Upper Lip. Morrison later was to say the project was nothing more than an extended jamming session.[60] For other uses, see Writers block (disambiguation). ...


In November 1976, Morrison performed at the farewell concert for The Band, which took place on Thanksgiving Day. It was his first live performance in quite some time and Morrison considered skipping his appearance until the last minute, even refusing to go on stage when his name was called. His manager, Harvey Goldsmith, said he "literally kicked him out there."[61][62] Morrison was on good terms with The Band. They were near-neighbours in Woodstock, and they had shared experience of stage-fright. At the concert, Van performed two songs, one of them being, "Caravan", from his 1970 album Moondance which was described by All Movie Guide as "a rousing performance."[63] Greil Marcus was even more impressed and wrote that "Van Morrison turned the show around...singing to the rafters and ...burning holes in the floor. It was a triumph, and as the song ended Van began to kick his leg into the air out of sheer exuberance and he kicked his way right offstage like a Rockette. The crowd had given him a fine welcome and they cheered wildly when he left."[64] The concert was filmed and later issued in Martin Scorsese's 1978 film, The Last Waltz, which is considered a landmark concert film.[65] For other uses, see Band. ... For the Canadian holiday, see Thanksgiving (Canada). ... Harvey Goldsmith CBE (b. ... Woodstock may refer to: Woodstock Music and Art Festival, a 1969 U.S. rock festival which inspired a 1970 Warner Bros. ... For other uses, see Stage fright (disambiguation). ... Caravan is a song written by Van Morrison and included on his 1970 album, Moondance. ... All Movie Guide is a commercial database of information about movie stars, movies and television shows. ... Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese (IPA: AmE: ; Ita: []) (b. ... The Last Waltz was a concert by the Canadian-American rock group, The Band, held on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. ...


It was during his association with The Band, that he acquired both of his fans' nicknames for him: "Belfast Cowboy" and "Van the Man". While Morrison was singing the duet "4% Pantomime" that he co-wrote with Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel calls him, "Oh, Belfast Cowboy". It would be included in The Bands album Cahoots. When he left the stage, after performing "Caravan" on The Last Waltz, Robbie calls out "Van the Man!" For more information on fans of football (soccer), see Football (soccer) culture. ... A nickname is a short, clever, cute, derogatory, or otherwise substitute name for a person or things real name (for example, Nick is short for Nicholas). ... Robbie Robertson (born Jaime Robert Robertson, 5 July 1943, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a songwriter, guitarist and singer, best known for his membership in The Band. ... Richard Manuel (April 3, 1943 – March 4, 1986) was a Canadian pianist, keyboardist, drummer, singer and songwriter best known for his membership in The Band. ... Cahoots was the fourth long player by Canadian-American rock group The Band, and their last all-original studio album for four years. ...


Morrison, in 1977, finally released A Period of Transition, a collaboration with Dr. John, who also appeared at The Last Waltz. It received a mild critical reception and began a very prolific period of song making. The following year, Morrison released Wavelength; It was the fastest selling album of his career, at the time, and soon went Gold. The engaging title track became a modest hit and peaked at #42. The opening track, "Kingdom Hall", about Morrison's own childhood experience around Jehovah's Witnesses also foreshadowed the religious turn in Morrison's next album, Into the Music. Track Listing All songs by Van Morrison You Gotta Make It Through the World - 5:10 It Fills You Up - 4:34 The Eternal Kansas City - 5:26 Joyous Sound - 2:48 Flamingos Fly - 4:41 Heavy Connection - 5:23 Cold Wind in August - 5:48 ... Dr. John is the stage name of Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. ... Track Listing Kingdom Hall - 5:59 Checkin It Out - 3:29 Natalia - 4:04 Venice U.S.A. - 6:32 Lifetimes - 4:15 Wavelength - 5:44 Santa Fe / Beautiful Obsession - 7:04 Hungry for Your Love - 3:45 Take It Where You Find It - 8:40 ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with RIAA certification. ... Into the Music is a 1990 album by Van Morrison. ...

The album's last four songs, "Angeliou", "When the Healing Has Begun", and "It's All in the Game/You Know What They're Writing About" are a veritable tour de force with Morrison summoning every vocal trick at his disposal from "Angeliou"'s climactic shouts to the sexually-charged, half-mumbled monologue in "When the Healing Has Begun" to the barely audible whisper that is the album's final sound.[66]

—Scott Thomas Review

Released in 1979, Into the Music, was hailed as a masterpiece: "An erotic/religious cycle of songs that culminates in the greatest side of music Morrison has created since Astral Weeks".[67] This album for the first time alludes to the healing power of music, which had become an abiding interest of Morrison's, and would dominate his music from this point on. "Bright Side of the Road" was a joyful, uplifting song that would appear on the soundtrack of the popular movie Michael. Bright Side of the Road is a song written by singer-songwriter Van Morrison and included on his 1979 album Into the Music. ... In film formats, the soundtrack is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... Michael is the title of an American fantasy motion picture released in 1996. ...


1980s

With his next album, the new decade saw Morrison following his own muse into uncharted territory and merciless reviews. In 1980 he took a group of musicians with him to Super Bear, a studio in the French Alps, on the site of a former abbey, to record his "most daring and unclassifiable" album since Astral Weeks.[68]The album, Common One, consisted of only six songs of varying lengths. The longest, "Summertime in England" was fifteen and one-half minutes long and ended with the words,"Can you feel the silence?" NME magazine's, Graham Locke, called the album "colossally smug and cosmically dull; an interminable, vacuous and drearily egotistical stab at spirituality."[69] Even Greil Marcus, who had formerly supported Morrison, said: "It's Van acting the part of the 'mystic poet' he thinks he's supposed to be."[70]Morrison insisted that the album was never "meant to be a commercial album;"[71] but, perhaps stung by the harsh reviews, Clinton Heylin concludes: "he would not attempt anything so ambitious again."[71]Later the critics would reassess the album more favourably with the success of "Summertime in England" and other tracks that seem to take on new meaning in live performance. Lester Bangs wrote in 1982, "Van was making holy music even though he thought he was, and us (sic) rock critics had made our usual mistake of paying too much attention to the lyrics."[72] In Greek mythology, the Muses (Greek , Mousai: perhaps from the Proto-Indo-European root *men- think[1]) are a number of goddesses or spirits who embody the arts and inspire the creation process with their graces through remembered and improvised song and stage, writing, traditional music and dance. ... The French Alps are simply those parts of the Alps mountain range which lie in France. ... Bold textTHIS IS THE PAGE THAT A.S. REALLY NEEDS!! THIS IS NOW MARKED!!! ] ps i like A.O. This article is about an abbey as a Christian monastic community. ... Common One is an album of Van Morrison, released in 1980. ... Summertime in England is the longest song on Van Morrisons 1980 album, Common One and is approximately 15-1/2 minutes long. ... For other uses, see NME (disambiguation). ... Look up lyrics in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Morrison's next album, Beautiful Vision, was released in 1982 and saw him returning once again to his Belfast roots. It was well received by the critics and public, producing a popular single, "Cleaning Windows", that documented one of Morrison's first jobs after leaving school.[73]Several other songs on the album, "Vanlose Stairway", "She Gives Me Religion", and the instrumental, "Scandinavia", on which Morrison plays piano, show the presence of a new physical muse: a Danish Public Relations agent, who would share Morrison's spiritual interests and serve as a steadying influence on him throughout most of the 1980s.[74]He had quit drinking alcohol, sometime during the years of 1973 or 1974,[75] and now drank "gallons" of coffee a day, according to friends. However, he was to once again have problems with alcohol, beginning later in the decade, after his father's sudden death.[76] Beautiful Vision is an album by Irish singer-songwriter/musician Van Morrison, released in 1982. ... Cleaning Windows is a song writen by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and recorded on his 1982 album, Beautiful Vision. ... Vanlose Stairway is a song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and included on his 1982 album, Beautiful Vision. ... A short grand piano, with the lid up. ... // Dictionary. ... The gallon is a unit of volume used for measuring liquids (as well as dry matter). ... For other uses, see Coffee (disambiguation). ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ...


In the early 1980s, Morrison moved back to Europe and at first settled in the Notting Hill Gate area of London.[77]Later, he moved to Bath, where he bought Wool Hall Studios.[78]He became increasingly more in control of the music that he produced.[79] Notting Hill Gate is one of the main thoroughfares of Notting Hill in London. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... , Bath is a small city in Somerset, England most famous for its historic baths fed by three hot springs. ...


Much of the music Morrison released throughout the 1980s continued to focus on themes of spirituality and faith as Morrison's compositions steered towards New Age territory. He gave a special thanks to L. Ron Hubbard on his 1983 album, Inarticulate Speech of the Heart, although he has never been formally associated with Scientology or any other Church.[80] Spirituality, in a narrow sense, concerns itself with matters of the spirit. ... New Age describes a broad movement characterized by alternative approaches to traditional Western culture. ... Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (March 13, 1911 – January 24, 1986), better known as L. Ron Hubbard, was the creator of Dianetics, and founder of the Church of Scientology. ... Inarticulate Speech of the Heart is an album by Irish singer-songwriter/musician Van Morrison, released in 1983. ... Doctrine Practices Concepts People Public outreach Organization Controversy Scientology is a body of beliefs and related practices created by American pulp fiction author L. Ron Hubbard in 1952 as an outgrowth of his earlier self-help system, Dianetics. ...


In 1985, he released a new album, A Sense Of Wonder, that contained the opening track "Tore Down a la Rimbaud". Morrison said he had been reading about Rimbaud in 1974, when he was suffering through a period of writer's block. He then carried this song around with him for eight years, before he could complete it.[81] A Sense of Wonder is a Van Morrison Album released in 1985. ... Tore Down a la Rimbaud is a song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and included on his 1985 album, A Sense of Wonder. ... Rimbaud can refer to: Arthur Rimbaud, 19th century poet and literary figure Penny Rimbaud, founder and drummer of the anarchist punk rock band Crass This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... For other uses, see Writers block (disambiguation). ...


Morrison's 1986 release, No Guru, No Method, No Teacher, earned enthusiastic reviews from many, but not all critics. During the recording, the artist's characteristic deep growl was in grand form and the album featured some of the grittiest acoustic arrangements since the days of Astral Weeks, but not all critics were comfortable with the increasingly religious content. No Guru, No Method, No Teacher is an album by Irish musician Van Morrison, released in 1986. ... It has been suggested that Unplugged be merged into this article or section. ...


In Dublin in May 1986, Van Morrison performed at Self Aid, a benefit concert focused on the problem of chronic unemployment which was widespread in Ireland at that time. The benefit was Ireland's largest ever television audience for a national event up to then and included performances by over thirty acts, including Elvis Costello, Christy Moore and U2. [82] Self Aid was a benefit concert held in Dublin, Ireland on May 17, 1986. ... A benefit concert is a concert featuring musicians, comedians, or other performers that is held for a charitable purpose, often directed at a specific and immediate humanitarian crisis. ... CIA figures for world unemployment rates, 2006 Unemployment is the state in which a worker wants, but is unable, to work. ... Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick McManus August 25, 1954) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. ... Christopher Andrew Christy Moore (born on May 7, 1945, in Newbridge, County Kildare) is a very popular Irish folk singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ...


After releasing the "No Guru" album, Morrison was slightly less gritty and more adult contemporary with the well received 1987 album, Poetic Champions Compose, considered to be one of his highlights of the 1980s. The romantic ballad, "Someone Like You", from this album was featured in the soundtrack of several popular movies, including 1995's French Kiss and, in 2001, both Someone Like You and Bridget Jones's Diary. Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... Poetic Champions Compose is an album by Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1987. ... Someone Like You is a popular, romantic ballad written by singer-songwriter Van Morrison and recorded on his 1987 album, Poetic Champions Compose. ... A French kiss can refer to a style of kissing using the tongue. ... Someone Like You is a 2001 motion picture which tells a story of a heartbroken woman who is looking for the reason why she was dumped. ... Bridget Joness Diary is a 2001 film, based on the successful novel, also called Bridget Joness Diary, by Helen Fielding. ...


In 1988, he released Irish Heartbeat, with the Irish group, The Chieftains. It was a popular-selling album, which demonstrated the full range of Morrison's unique vocal power on a collection of traditional Irish folk songs. The song "Irish Heartbeat" was originally recorded on his 1983 album Inarticulate Speech of the Heart, but with the Irish Chieftains as back-up was reinvigorated.[83] Morrison also played drums on this album. Irish Heartbeat is an album by Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and The Chieftains released in 1988 (see 1988 in music. ... The Chieftains are a Grammy-winning Irish musical group founded in 1963, known for performing and popularizing Irish traditional music. ... Irish Heartbeat is a popular song that was first recorded on Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrisons 1983 album Inarticulate Speech of the Heart. ... For other uses, see Drum (disambiguation). ...


In 1989, Morrison released an even more popular seller, Avalon Sunset, which featured the hit duet with Cliff Richard "Whenever God Shines His Light" and the ballad "Have I Told You Lately" on which "earthly love transmutes into that for God."[84]This is often said to be his most spiritual album, but it also contained the sensual song, "Daring Night": "It deals with full, blazing sex, whatever it's churchy organ and gentle lilt suggest."(Hinton)[85]Morrison's preoccupation with the erotic/religious theme was once again in evidence. He can be heard calling out the change of tempo in the ending of this song, indicative of his belief that music should be spontaneous. He often completed albums in two days time, with first takes being the norm.[86][87][88] Avalon Sunset is an album by Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1989 (see 1989 in music. ... Sir Cliff Richard OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb on 14 October 1940) is an English singer, actor and businessman. ... Illustration by Arthur Rackham of the ballad The Twa Corbies A ballad is a story, usually a narrative or poem, in a song. ... Have I Told You Lately is a hit song included in Van Morrisons 1989 album Avalon Sunset, and written by him. ... For other uses, see Tempo (disambiguation). ...


1990s

Morrison was able to capitalise on the success of Avalon Sunset with the release of The Best of Van Morrison, in 1990. Not to be mistaken with a similarly-titled compilation, released in 1967, (and long out of print), this was the first collection ever to survey his entire career. Compiled by Morrison himself and focusing on his hit singles, it became a multi-platinum success and was one of the best selling albums of the 1990s.[89] All songs by Morrison unless stated otherwise Bright Side Of The Road – 3:45 Gloria – 2:37 Moondance – 4:31 Baby Please Dont Go (Big Joe Williams) – 3:03 Have I Told You Lately – 4:18 Brown Eyed Girl – 3:03 Sweet Thing – 4:22 Warm Love – 3:21... A compilation album is an album (music or spoken-word) featuring tracks from one or multiple recording artists, often culled from a variety of sources (such as studio albums, live albums, singles, demos and outtakes. ...


In 1990, Morrison joined many other guests for Roger Waters' massive performance of The Wall in Berlin. He sang "Comfortably Numb" with Roger Waters, and his friends from the Band, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko. This version of the song was included in the soundtrack of Martin Scorsese's 2006 film The Departed. George Roger Waters (born September 6, 1943) is an English rock musician; singer, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, and composer. ... The Wall: Live in Berlin (1990) On 21 July 1990, Roger Waters produced a massive concert staging of The Wall in Berlin. ... For other Pink Floyd works based around this album, see The Wall (Pink Floyd). ... This article is about the capital of Germany. ... The Wall Disc Two track listing Comfortably Numb is a song by the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd, which was released on the 1979 double album The Wall. ... Mark Lavon Helm (born May 26, 1940), better know as Levon Helm, is an American rock musician most famous as the drummer for the rock group The Band. ... {{Infobox musical artist |Name = Garth Hudson |Img = |Img_capt = |Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist |Birth_name = Eric Garth Hudson |Alias = |Born = August 2, 1937 Windsor, Ontario |Died = |Origin = |Instrument = Organ, piano, keyboards, accordion, saxophone, synthesizer, Melodica Slide Trumpet, [[ |Genre = Rock and roll, rock, pop, Jazz, R&B, country, folk |Occupation = Solo artist, Session musician |Years_active... Richard Clare Rick Danko (December 29, 1942-December 10, 1999) was a Canadian musician and singer, probably best known as a member of The Band. ... Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese (IPA: AmE: ; Ita: []) (b. ... The Departed is a 2006 crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio (in his third movie with Scorsese), Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg. ...


BBC2 filmed a career overview entitled One Irish Rover which was released in 1991. The film opened with Van Morrison and Bob Dylan singing a duet on the Hill of the Muses above Athens, Greece. Dylan and Morrison performed duets on "Crazy Love" "Foreign Window" and "One Irish Rover". The Independent described "the Irish singer flanked by Bob Dylan and the Acropolis: all three of them legendary, all looking their age, and all a waste of time talking to with a microphone in your hand."[90] For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 2. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... This article is about the capital of Greece. ... Crazy Love is a torch ballad written by singer-songwriter, Van Morrison and included on his 1970 album, Moondance. ... For other uses, see The Independent (disambiguation). ... Acropolis (Gr. ... Microphones redirects here. ...


In January 1993, Van Morrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He became the first inductee ever to not attend his induction ceremony.[91]Robbie Robertson from The Band accepted the award on his behalf.[92] The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... Robbie Robertson (born Jaime Robert Robertson, 5 July 1943, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a songwriter, guitarist and singer, best known for his membership in The Band. ... For other uses, see Band. ...


Although Morrison's commercial success would continue throughout the 1990s, the critical reception to his work began to decline. 1990's Enlightenment yielded one hit single, "Real Real Gone", (first recorded ten years earlier); 1991's double album Hymns to the Silence was one of his most ambitious works; 1993's Too Long in Exile and 1995's Days Like This had large sales even though the critical reviews were not always favourable.[93] Enlightenment is an album by Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1990. ... Real Real Gone is a hit single released by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and included on his 1991 album Enlightment. ... Hymns to the Silence is an album by Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1991 (see 1991 in music. ... Too Long in Exile (1993) is an album by singer and songwriter Van Morrison. ... Days Like This is an album by Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1995 (see 1995 in music. ...


In contrast, the 1994 live double album, A Night in San Francisco was a "tour-de-force", showing Morrison's talents and his influences in equal measure. The Rolling Stone magazine review states the album is: "the culmination of a career's worth of soul-searching that finds Morrison's eyes turned toward heaven and his feet planted firmly on the ground."[94] A Night in San Francisco is a live album by Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1994. ... This article is about the magazine. ...


On February 14, 1994, Van Morrison was awarded the BRIT Award for his Outstanding Contribution to British Music. He was presented with the award by former Beirut hostage, John McCarthy who testified to the importance of Morrison's song, "Wonderful Remark": is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... The Brit Awards are the annual United Kingdom pop music awards founded by the British Phonographic Industry. ... John Patrick McCarthy CBE (born November 26, 1956) is a British journalist who was kidnapped by terrorists in Lebanon in April 1986, and held hostage for more than five years. ... Wonderful Remark is a song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and included on his album The Best of Van Morrison in 1990. ...

...a song that he wrote more than twenty years ago, which was very important to us.

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Morrison performed before an estimated audience of 60-80,000 people when US President Bill Clinton visited Belfast, Northern Ireland on November 30, 1995. His song "Days Like This" had become the official anthem for the Northern Irish peace movement.[95] United States may refer to: Places: United States of America SS United States, the fastest ocean liner ever built. ... President is a title held by many leaders of organizations, companies, trade unions, universities, and countries. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... This article is about the city in Northern Ireland. ... Northern Ireland (Irish: , Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a constituent country of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ... is the 334th day of the year (335th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Days Like This is a popular song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and the title song of his 1995 album. ... An anthem is a composition to an English religious text sung in the context of an Anglican service. ... Northern Ireland (Irish: ) is a part of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ... An Australian anti-conscription poster from World War One A peace movement is a social movement that seeks to achieve ideals such as the ending of a particular war (or all wars), minimize inter-human violence in a particular place or type of situation, often linked to the goal of...


In June 1996, Morrison was awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for his service to music. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... Elizabeth II in an official portrait as Queen of Canada (on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002, wearing the Sovereigns badges of the Order of Canada and the Order of Military Merit) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary) (born 21 April 1926), styled HM The... Buckingham Palace and the Victoria Memorial. ...


This period was also marked by a number of side projects, including the live jazz performances of 1996's How Long Has This Been Going On, 1997's Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison, and 2000's The Skiffle Sessions - Live In Belfast 1998, all of which found Morrison paying tribute to his long-time favourites. How Long Has This Been Going On is an album by Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, with Georgie Fame and Friends, released in 1996. ... The Skiffle Sessions - Live In Belfast 1998 is a live album by Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, with Lonnie Donegan and Chris Barber, released in 2000. ...


In 1997, Morrison released The Healing Game. The following year, Morrison finally released some of his unissued studio recordings in a warmly received two-disc set, The Philosopher's Stone. His next release, 1999's Back on Top, was a modest success, being his highest charting album in the US since 1978's Wavelength. The Healing Game is an album by Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1997. ... The Philosophers Stone is a compilation album by Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison released in 1998. ... Back on Top is an album by Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison released in 1999. ... Track Listing Kingdom Hall - 5:59 Checkin It Out - 3:29 Natalia - 4:04 Venice U.S.A. - 6:32 Lifetimes - 4:15 Wavelength - 5:44 Santa Fe / Beautiful Obsession - 7:04 Hungry for Your Love - 3:45 Take It Where You Find It - 8:40 ...


In September 1999, Morrison became the first musician to be inducted into the newly opened Irish Music Hall of Fame. Bob Geldof presented Morrison with the award remarking, "I believe there is only one genius in Irish music, and that's Van Morrison." The Irish Music Hall of Fame is a new multimedia exhibition in Dublin, Ireland. ... Robert Frederick Xenon Geldof[1], KBE[2], known as Bob Geldof (born 5 October 1951) [3], is an Irish singer, songwriter, actor and political activist. ...


During this decade, Morrison developed a close association with two vocal talents at opposite ends of their careers: Georgie Fame, with whom Morrison had already worked occasionally, lent his voice and Hammond organ skills; and Brian Kennedy's vocals complimented the grizzled voice of Morrison, both in studio and live performances. Georgie Fame is a British R&B singer whose real name is Clive Powell. ... The Hammond organ is an electric organ which was invented by Laurens Hammond in 1934 and manufactured by the Hammond Organ Company until the 1970s. ... Brian Edward Patrick Kennedy (born 12 October 1966) is an Irish singer-songwriter and author. ...


Taking this concept of association a stage further, the 1990s saw an upsurge in Morrison's collaborations with other artists, a trend that has continued into the new millennium. A millennium (pl. ...


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2000s

Van Morrison continued to record and tour in the 2000s, performing two or three times a week. Playing fewer of his well-known songs in concert than almost any other artist from his era, Morrison refuses to be relegated into a nostalgia act.


Contrary to the days when he felt at the mercy of the music industry, he now has his own independent label, Exile Productions Ltd., and has full production control of each album he records; which he then delivers as a finished product to the recording label that he chooses, for marketing and distributing.[96]


In July 2001, Morrison received an honorary doctorate in music from Queen's University in his hometown of Belfast. Nine years earlier, in 1992, he had received an honorary doctorate in literature from the University of Ulster–at the time being the only other university in his native Northern Ireland. An Honorary degree (Latin: honoris causa ad gradum) is a degree awarded to someone by an institution that he or she may have never attended, it may be a bachelors, masters or doctorate degree - however, the latter is most common. ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... Queens University Belfast is a university in Belfast, Northern Ireland and a member of the Russell Group (a lobby group of major research universities in the United Kingdom). ... This article is about the city in Northern Ireland. ... An Honorary degree (Latin: honoris causa ad gradum) is a degree awarded to someone by an institution that he or she may have never attended, it may be a bachelors, masters or doctorate degree - however, the latter is most common. ... For other uses, see Literature (disambiguation). ... The University of Ulster (UU) is a multi-centre university located in Northern Ireland and is the largest single university on the island of Ireland, discounting the federal National University of Ireland. ... Northern Ireland (Irish: , Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a constituent country of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ...


In 2000, Morrison released a collaboration with Linda Gail Lewis (Jerry Lee Lewis's sister), You Win Again. Another side project, this time focusing on R&B and country-and-western standards, Lewis proved to be an excellent duet partner, and the project set the stage for Morrison's next album, Choppin' Wood. By the end of 2000 when the album was essentially finished, Lewis and Morrison had a falling out.[97] Linda Gail Lewis is the sister of Jerry Lee Lewis. ... Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935), also known by the nickname The Killer, is an American rock and roll and country music singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... You Win Again is an album by Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, and Linda Gail Lewis, released in 2000. ...

The cover of the May 2005 edition of Wavelength, a magazine dedicated to Van Morrison

As a result, Morrison went back and re-recorded and/or remixed most of the tracks, removing Lewis's contributions in the process. A few songs were removed from the final running order and new ones were added in. The result was released in 2002 as Down the Road. Clinton Heylin contends that the original version, Choppin' Wood, would have been a true return to form. It is doubtful if that notion will ever be put to the test because the original recordings have yet to circulate, privately or publicly. Image File history File links Cover from May 2005 edition of Wavelength This is a magazine cover. ... Image File history File links Cover from May 2005 edition of Wavelength This is a magazine cover. ... Down the Road is an album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released on May 14, 2002. ...


"In recognition of his unique position as one of the most important songwriters of the past century," Van Morrison was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, at an awards ceremony in New York City in June 2003. Ray Charles presented the award, following a performance in which the pair performed Morrison's "Crazy Love", from the album, Moondance. Morrison's admiration for Charles was evident in the award ceremony and he later wrote an article published in Rolling Stone Magazine in 2004, describing Ray Charles' influence on music and on him personally.[98] The Songwriters Hall of Fame is an arm of the National Academy of Popular Music. ... For the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... Crazy Love is a torch ballad written by singer-songwriter, Van Morrison and included on his 1970 album, Moondance. ...


In the same year, Morrison released What's Wrong with This Picture? on the legendary jazz record label, Blue Note Records. The album would later receive a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Whats Wrong with this Picture? is an album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released on October 21, 2003. ... Blue Note Records is a jazz record label, established in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... The Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album has been awarded since 1988. ...


In 2004, his song, "Bright Side of the Road", from his 1979 album Into the Music was featured in the UNESCO advertisements for World Press Freedom Day. In October 2004 Van Morrison was honored as a BMI ICON at the annual London Awards for his "enduring influence on generations of music makers."[99] UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is a specialized agency of the United Nations established in 1945. ... World Press Freedom Day honours sacrifices around the world made for freedom of the press and reminds governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression that is enshrined under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. ... Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) is a collecting society that protects composers intellectual property in the communications business, especially radio. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


Morrison still remains popular with the public: his album, Magic Time, debuted at #25 on the US Billboard 200 charts upon release in May 2005, some forty years after first entering the public's eye as the frontman of Them. Rolling Stone Magazine listed it as #17 on their list of The Top 50 Records of 2005.[100] Magic Time is an album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released on May 17, 2005. ... The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ... This article is about the music magazine. ...


Later in the year, Morrison also donated a previously unreleased studio track to a charity album, Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now, which raised money for relief efforts intended for Gulf Coast victims devastated by hurricanes, Katrina and Rita. The song, "Blue & Green", was composed by Morrison and featured the late Foggy Lyttle on guitar. This song was released in 2007 on the album, The Best of Van Morrison Volume 3 and also as a single in the U.K.. The Gulf of Mexico is a major body of water bordered and nearly landlocked by North America. ... This article is about the Atlantic hurricane of 2005. ... Lowest pressure 895 mbar (hPa)[1] Damages $10 billion (2005 USD)[1] Fatalities 7 direct, 113 indirect Areas affected Bahamas, Florida, Cuba, Yucatán Peninsula, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas Part of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season Hurricane Rita is the fourth-most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded and the most... Manhattan/EMI Music Catalog Marketing will release The Best of Van Morrison, Volume 3 on June 12, 2007. ... “UK” redirects here. ...


Van Morrison appeared in The Hebridean Celtic Festival in Stornoway Outer Hebrides in the summer of 2005, where he was a headline act at the growing international Celtic music festival. The Hebridean Celtic Festival (Scottish Gaelic: Fèis Cheilteach Innse Gall) is an international Celtic music festival, which takes place annually in Stornoway on Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. ... Lews Castle in Stornoway Boats in Stornoway Stornoway from the ferry Another picture of Lews Castle Bayhead, Stornoway // About the Town Stornoway (Steòrnabhagh in Scottish Gaelic) is a burgh on Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, with a population of approximately 5,600 people in the town itself... Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) redirects here. ... This article is about the European people. ... A music festival is a festival oriented towards music that is sometimes presented with a theme such as musical genre, nationality or locality of musicians, or holiday. ...


He released an album with a country music theme, entitled Pay the Devil, on March 7, 2006. On the day of its release, Van Morrison Day was declared in Nashville by the Mayor, and Morrison appeared for the very first time at the historic Ryman Auditorium that evening to a sold-out crowd. The entire Ryman was sold out twelve minutes after the tickets went on sale.[101] Pay the Devil debuted at #26 on The Billboard 200 and peaked at #7 on Top Country Albums. The country album was listed at #10 on Amazon Best of 2006 Editor's Picks in Country in December 2006. Veteran singer/songwriter Van Morrison aligned with Lost Highway (his third label in three years) for the release of his 2006 studio album, the country-dominated Pay the Devil. ... is the 66th day of the year (67th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other cities named Nashville, see Nashville (disambiguation). ... The Ryman Auditorium The Ryman Auditorium is a 2,362-seat live performance venue located at 116 Fifth Avenue North in Nashville, Tennessee, and is best-known as the one-time home of the Grand Ole Opry. ... The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ...


In August 2006, Morrison and his longtime girlfriend, Michelle Rocca, who was Miss Ireland in 1980, were reported to be the parents of a seven-month-old daughter, Aibhe Rocca Morrison. Aibhe was born in Dublin, Ireland. Barry Egan published an article in the Sunday Independent, on August 20, 2006, revealing that the pregnancy had been kept a secret by Michelle by her wearing baggy clothes and seldom leaving the house.[102] Morrison, a notoriously private person, had begun a close and initially highly publicised relationship with Rocca in 1992. Morrison and Rocca again became parents on September 01, 2007, with the birth of their son. As with their first child, the pregnancy was kept secret from the public and revealed in an article in the RTE on September 05, 2007.[103]In recent years, they have seldom been seen in public together, although they share a home in Killiney in South Dublin, Ireland. Days Like This, 1995 Michelle Rocca (born Dublin, Ireland, 1961) is a Dublin socialite and the longtime girlfriend of singer Van Morrison. ... For other uses, see Dublin (disambiguation). ... The Sunday Independent is a broadsheet Sunday newspaper published in the Republic of Ireland by Independent News and Media plc. ... is the 232nd day of the year (233rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ; English: Radio and Television of Ireland) is the national state broadcaster of Ireland. ... September 5 is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Tallaght Code: D (SN proposed) Area: 222. ...


On September 15, 2006, Morrison was the headline act on the first night of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Rolling Stone Magazine reviewed this performance as one of the top ten shows of the 2006 festival.[104] In November 2006, a limited edition album, Live at Austin City Limits Festival [105] was issued which is sold only at Van Morrison concerts and at the Van Morrison Official website.[106] is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Austin City Limits logo, used for both the festival and TV program. ... Live at Austin City Limits Festival by Van Morrison is a limited edition live album recorded from the Austin City Limits Festival concert at which the Northern Irish singer-songwriter was the first night headliner on September 15, 2006. ...


In October 2006, Live At Montreux 1980/1974 was the first ever commercial DVD released by Morrison, though the Pay The Devil CD was re-released in the summer of 2006 with a DVD containing tracks from the Ryman.[107]This two DVD set illustrates how his songwriting evolved over this period, and includes some of his best known tracks: "Moondance", " Street Choir", "Tupelo Honey", and "Ballerina". Pee Wee Ellis, Mark Isham and David Hayes are among some of the well-known musicians featured in the 1980 show; the 1974 show has a line-up that features Pete Wingfield, Dallas Taylor and Jerome Rimson. LIve At Montreux 1980/1974 is the first official DVD by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. ... Moondance is a Van Morrison song that was the title song on the 1970 album, Moondance. ... Tupelo Honey is an popular song written by singer-songwriter, Van Morrison and the title song from his 1971 album, Tupelo Honey. ... Ballerina is one of the songs included on Astral Weeks the 1968 album of Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. ... Pee Wee Ellis is an American saxophonist. ... Mark Isham (b. ... David Hayes is an American bass guitar player. ... Pete Wingfield is a British music producer, keyboard player and journalist. ...


In November 2006, CNN published their list of The All-TIME 100 Greatest Albums.[108] Two of Van Morrison's albums, 1968's Astral Weeks and 1970's Moondance, were on the list. Look up time in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The All-TIME 100 Greatest Albums was a list published by TIME magazine in 2006 of the greatest and most influential records ever. ...


His continuing popularity with music fans was evident when he was voted as #13 on the list of WXPNs 885 All Time Greatest Artists in 2006.[109] WXPN (88. ...


Van Morrison was honoured at the Second Annual Oscar Wilde: Honouring Irish Writing in Film Pre-Academy Awards Party, in Los Angeles, California, on February 22, 2007 for his contribution to over fifty films. He was presented with the award by Al Pacino.[110] Van Morrison at the Movies - Soundtrack Hits, a new nineteen song album, was released by Morrison's record label, Exile Productions Ltd. under license to Manhattan EMI, on February 12, 2007, to coincide with this event. Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... is the 53rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA, Emmy, and SAG award winning American actor who is best known for playing the roles of Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface and Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy . ... Van Morrison at the Movies - Soundtrack Hits is a 2007 compilation album by Van Morrison comprised of 19 songs as featured in various movies. ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ... is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


He appeared at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on the first evening on April 27, 2007 as the headline act where his longtime collaborator and friend, Dr. John joined him for one set on stage.[111]Morrison also drew the largest crowd ever (35,000) on July 4, 2007 at the Ottawa Bluesfest.[112] The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, often known as Jazz Fest, is an annual celebration of the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana. ... is the 117th day of the year (118th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Dr. John is the stage name of Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. ... is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... It has been suggested that Mark Monahan be merged into this article or section. ...


On May 08, 2007 Van Morrison was named Best International Male Singer of 2007 by the first ever International Awards at the renown Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London England.[113] May 8 is the 128th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (129th in leap years). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Ronnie Scott (left) with Tubby Hayes. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


A new 2CD compilation album The Best of Van Morrison Volume 3 was released on June 11, 2007 in the UK and on June 19 in the US by Manhattan EMI.[114] It contains 31 tracks, some of which were previously unreleased. The tracks were personally selected by Morrison to represent the best of his work from 1993s album Too Long in Exile to the song "Stranded" from the 2005 album Magic Time.[115] A compilation album is an album (music or spoken-word) featuring tracks from one or multiple recording artists, often culled from a variety of sources (such as studio albums, live albums, singles, demos and outtakes. ... Manhattan/EMI Music Catalog Marketing will release The Best of Van Morrison, Volume 3 on June 12, 2007. ... is the 162nd day of the year (163rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... United States may refer to: Places: United States of America SS United States, the fastest ocean liner ever built. ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ... Stranded is the third album by Roxy Music and was released in 1973. ...


On September 3, 2007, Morrison's complete catalogue of albums from 1971 through 2002 were to be made available exclusively at the ITunes Store in Europe and Australia appearing at the rate of four albums per week. This announcement was displayed on Van Morrison's official website. During the first week of October 2007, the albums became available at the U.S. ITunes Store.[116] is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The iTunes Store is an online business run by Apple Inc. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... The iTunes Store is an online business run by Apple Inc. ...


Still on Top - The Greatest Hits, a 37 track 2CD compilation album was released on October 22, 2007 in the U.K. on the Polydor label with a limited edition 3CD digipack box set available on initial release.[117]On October 29, 2007 the album charted at #2 on the Official UK Top 75 Albums — his highest UK charting ever.[118] The November 06, 2007 release in the U.S. is on the Hip-O label and in Canada on Universal Music Group and contains 21 of his best-known tracks.[119]Still on Top - The Greatest Hits also became available in MP3 download format as of the US and Canada release dates. The hits that were released on albums with the copyrights owned by Morrison as Exile Productions Ltd. — 1971 and later — have been re-mastered in 2007. Still on Top - The Greatest Hits is the third compilation album to be issued by Van Morrison in 2007. ... is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... “UK” redirects here. ... 1920s vintage Polydor export label with its double-horn gramophone logo In 1954 Polydor Records introduced their distinctive orange label. ... A digipak is a compact disc or DVD packaging. ... is the 302nd day of the year (303rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... November 6 is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 55 days remaining. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... Hip-O Records is a record label, currently part of Universal Music Group, which specializes in reissues and compilations. ... Universal Music Group (UMG) is the largest business group and family of record labels in the recording industry. ... For other uses, see MP3 (disambiguation). ... This article is about the computer terms. ... The copyright symbol is used to give notice that a work is covered by copyright. ...


Morrison signed a new contract with Polydor Records that was announced in October 2007 and was called one of the "music industries most important deals of the year." This contract gives Polydor licensing rights to his back catalogue to be re-released with added audio content in batches of six albums at a time. The first batch to be issued on January 28, 2008 will be seven albums and will feature Tupelo Honey, It's Too Late to Stop Now, Wavelength, Into the Music, A Sense of Wonder, Avalon Sunset and Back on Top . Each will include previously unreleased material of alternative takes and reworkings.[120] A new studio album is also scheduled for release in early 2008 by Exile Productions/Polydor Records.[121][122] 1920s vintage Polydor export label with its double-horn gramophone logo In 1954 Polydor Records introduced their distinctive orange label. ... is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (common) era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...


Influence

Morrison's influence can readily be seen in the music of many major artists, including U2 (much of The Unforgettable Fire), Bruce Springsteen ("Spirit in the Night", "4th of July (Sandy)", "Backstreets"), John Mellencamp ("A Little Night Dancin'", a cover of Morrison's "Wild Night"), Jim Morrison, Joan Armatrading, Rickie Lee Jones, Rod Stewart, Tom Petty, Patti Smith (her poetic-proto-punk "Gloria" most explicitly), Elvis Costello (who later toured with Morrison), Graham Parker, Daryl Hall, Thin Lizzy, Bob Seger ("I know Springsteen was very much affected by Van Morrison, and so was I." - interview in Creem), Dexys Midnight Runners, Jimi Hendrix ("Gloria"), Jeff Buckley ("The Way Young Lovers Do", "Sweet Thing"), numerous others, including Counting Crows (the "sha-la-la" sequence in Mr Jones, is a tribute to Morrison). This article is about the Irish rock band. ... For the song of the same name from the album, see The Unforgettable Fire (song). ... Springsteen redirects here. ... John Mellencamp, also known as John Cougar and John Cougar Mellencamp, (born October 7, 1951) is best known for being an American rock singer-songwriter. ... For other persons named James or Jim Morrison, see James Morrison. ... It has been suggested that The Weakness in Me be merged into this article or section. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Roderick Stewart (rod stewart), CBE (born January 10, 1945), is a singer and songwriter born and raised in London, England, with Scottish parentage. ... Thomas Earl Tom Petty (born October 20, 1950) is a singer and guitarist. ... Patricia Lee (Patti) Smith (born December 30, 1946) is an American musician, singer, and poet. ... Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick McManus August 25, 1954) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. ... Graham Parker playing at Brits Pub in Minneapolis, Minnesota . ... Daryl Hall (born Daryl Franklin Hohl on October 11, 1946, Pottstown, Pennsylvania) is an American singer and songwriter best known as half of the music duo Hall & Oates (with music partner John Oates). ... Thin Lizzy are a hard rock band who formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1969. ... Robert Clark Seger (born May 5, 1945) is a Rock and Roll singer, songwriter, and musician from Michigan. ... Springsteen redirects here. ... CREEM, Americas Only Rock n Roll Magazine, was a monthly rock n roll publication started in 1969 by Barry Kramer and founding editor Tony Reay. ... Too-Rye-Ay (1982) Dexys Midnight Runners – the name consistently spelled without an apostrophe [1] – were a British New Wave and Northern Soul band, who achieved their major success in the early to mid 1980s. ... Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter. ... Jeffrey Scott Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997), raised as Scotty Moorhead,[1] was an acclaimed American singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... Counting Crows is an American Folk Rock band originating from Berkeley, California. ...


Morrison's influence on the younger generation of singer-songwriters is pervasive, including Irish singer Damien Rice who has been described as on his way to becoming the "natural heir to Van Morrison."[123]Ray Lamontagne,[124]James Morrison,[125][126] Paolo Nutini[127]and David Gray[128][129] are also several of the younger artists influenced by Morrison. Glen Hansard of Irish rock band The Frames, who lists Van Morrison as being part of his holy trinity with Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, commonly covers his songs in concert.[130] The Wallflowers have covered "Into The Mystic"and Canadian blues-rock singer Colin James also covers "Into The Mystic" frequently at his concerts. The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Damien Rice (born December 7, 1973) is an Irish folk singer, famous for his two albums O and 9. ... Raycharles Ray LaMontagne (IPA pronunciation: ) (born 1974) is a folk singer-songwriter currently living in Wilton, Maine. ... James Morrison (born James Morrison Catchpole on 13 August 1984) is an English singer, songwriter, and guitarist born in Rugby, Warwickshire. ... Paolo Giovanni Nutini (born 9 January 1987) is a Scottish singer/songwriter from Paisley. ... David Gray (born June 13, 1968 in Sale) is an English singer-songwriter. ... Glen Hansard at a music workshop in Uherske Hradiste, Summer film school, July 27, 2005. ... The Frames is an influential Irish band based mainly in Dublin. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... Leonard Norman Cohen, CC (born September 21, 1934 in Westmount, Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist. ... The Wallflowers are a Grammy Award-winning rock band from Los Angeles, California. ... Colin James Colin James Munn (born August 17, 1964 in Regina, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian singer, guitarist, and songwriter who plays in the blues and rock and Swing genres. ...


Morrison expressed some grudges in the 1980s, regarding his obvious influence on some of the more popular artists of his generation, admitting that he was "flattered by the compliment" but "felt ripped off, in an academic context, because there are just people who don't know."[131] On his 1986 album, No Guru, No Method, No Teacher, he included the song, "A Town Called Paradise", which begins with the words: "Copycats ripped off my words/ Copycats ripped off my songs/ Copycats ripped off my melody", but then goes on to say: "It doesn't matter what they say/ It doesn't matter what they do."


Overall, Morrison has typically been supportive of other artists and has often shared the stage with them during his concerts. On the live album, A Night in San Francisco, he had as his special guests, among others, his childhood idols, Jimmy Witherspoon, John Lee Hooker and Junior Wells. Although he often expresses his displeasure (in interviews and songs) with the music industry and the media in general, he has been instrumental in promoting the careers of many other musicians and singers, such as Brian Kennedy[132] and James Hunter.[133] In an interview with Jazziz, he was generous with his praise of artists that have covered his work, and the many artists that have influenced him.[134] Jimmy Witherspoon (August 8, 1920-September 18, 1997) was an American blues singer. ... John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1917 – June 21, 2001) was an influential American post-war blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter born in Coahoma County near Clarksdale, Mississippi. ... Junior Wells (December 9, 1934 – January 15, 1998), born Amos Blakemore, was a blues vocalist and harmonica player based in Chicago who was famous for playing with Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Lonnie Brooks, The Rolling Stones and Van Morrison. ... The music industry is the industry that creates, performs, promotes, and preserves music. ... Brian Edward Patrick Kennedy (born 12 October 1966) is an Irish singer-songwriter and author. ...


Awards and Recognition

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Discography

Main article: Van Morrison discography

This is a discography for Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Rolling Stone biography
  2. ^ All Music biography
  3. ^ Rock And Roll HOF biography
  4. ^ Van Morrison. Peter Wolf. Rolling Stone Issue 946. Rolling Stone.
  5. ^ The Immortals: The First Fifty. Rolling Stone Issue 946. Rolling Stone.
  6. ^ 100 Best Living Songwriters. Paste Magazine. Retrieved on 2007-07-06.
  7. ^ 100 Greatest Singers. rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved on 2007-04-08.
  8. ^ Van Morrison Website (Unofficial) Belfast Map Hyndford Street.
  9. ^ It's Van:The Mam. Belfast Telegraph (2007-09-22). Retrieved on 2007-09-26.
  10. ^ Rogan 2006. p17.
  11. ^ Renaissance Van. Rolling Stone (2005-06-02). Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  12. ^ Rogan 2006. pp20-21.
  13. ^ Turner 1993. p26.
  14. ^ Rogan 2006. pp23-31.
  15. ^ Van Morrison Website (Unofficial) 1985 New Age interview
  16. ^ Rogan 2006. p.48.
  17. ^ Rogan 2006. pp43-44.
  18. ^ Rogan 2006. p53.
  19. ^ Van Morrison Website (Unofficial) Belfast Map Cyprus Avenue
  20. ^ Rogan 2006. p375
  21. ^ Rogan 2006. pp55-70.
  22. ^ Rogan 2006. pp71-83.
  23. ^ Hinton 1997. p67.
  24. ^ Van Morrison Website (Unofficial) The Doors
  25. ^ Turner 1993. pp72-73.
  26. ^ Rogan 2006. p188.
  27. ^ Gary Chester website
  28. ^ Van Morrison Website (Unofficial) Reviews Greil Marcus
  29. ^ Rogan 2006. pp212-215.
  30. ^ Rogan 2006. p216.
  31. ^ Rogan 2006. p217.
  32. ^ Heylin 2003. p170.
  33. ^ Heylin 2003. pp176,177.
  34. ^ Rogan 2006. pp212-222.
  35. ^ Rogan 2006. p223.
  36. ^ Hinton 1997. p100.
  37. ^ Van Morrison Website (Unofficial) Reviews Scott Thomas
  38. ^ Van Morrison. Geocities website. Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  39. ^ Hinton 1997. pp88,89.
  40. ^ Van Morrison Website (Unofficial) Reviews Scott Thomas
  41. ^ Van Morrison Website (Unofficial) Reviews Lester Bangs
  42. ^ (19)Astral Weeks. Rolling Stone Magazine online. Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  43. ^ Rogan 2006. pp250,251.
  44. ^ Heylin 2003. p226.
  45. ^ 65 Moondance. Rolling Stone (2003-11-01). Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  46. ^ NARM The Definitive 200". Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  47. ^ Rogan 2006. p259.
  48. ^ Rogan 2006. pp267,268.
  49. ^ Hinton 1997. p137.
  50. ^ Hinton 1997. p135.
  51. ^ 1982 Rolling Stone interview.
  52. ^ Heylin 2003. pp255,256.
  53. ^ Van Morrison Website (Unofficial) 1972 Interview Scott Grissom Jr.
  54. ^ MOJO Top 50 Live Albums. Muziek. Retrieved on 2007-03-31.
  55. ^ Top 50 Live Albums. Stylus. Retrieved on 2007-03-31.
  56. ^ Heylin 2003. pp265-267.
  57. ^ RS review Hard Nose the Highway
  58. ^ Rogan 2006. p301.
  59. ^ a b Heylin 2003. p305.
  60. ^ Rogan 2006. p304.
  61. ^ Van Morrison Unofficial WebsiteGlossary:The Band
  62. ^ Heylin 2003. p313.
  63. ^ The Last Waltz. allmovie.com. Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  64. ^ Rolling Stone Magazine The Bands Last Waltz. Rolling Stone Magazine online. Retrieved on 2007-03-31.
  65. ^ The Last Waltz. totalfilm.com. Retrieved on 2007-09-17.
  66. ^ Van Morrison Website (Unofficial) Review Scott Thomas
  67. ^ Dave Marsh, The Rolling Stone Album Guide, 2nd Edition
  68. ^ Rogan 2006. p330.
  69. ^ Rogan 2006. pp330,331.
  70. ^ Heylin 2003. p334.
  71. ^ a b Heylin 2003. p365.
  72. ^ Heylin 2003. p364.
  73. ^ Rogan 2006. pp337,338.
  74. ^ Heylin 2003. p371.
  75. ^ Rogan 2006. p286.
  76. ^ Rogan 2006. p384.
  77. ^ Rogan 2006. p342.
  78. ^ Rogan 2006. p400.
  79. ^ Rogan 2006. p340.
  80. ^ Van Morrison Website (Unofficial) 1985 Interview New Age Steven Davis
  81. ^ Heylin 2003. p308.
  82. ^ Self Aid: 20 Years On. cluas.com. Retrieved on 2007-11-12.
  83. ^ Allmusic: Irish Heartbeat
  84. ^ Hinton 1997. p278.
  85. ^ Hinton 1997. p280.
  86. ^ Van Morrison Website (Unofficial) Review Q Magazine Toby Manning
  87. ^ Heylin 2003. pp429,448,449,463.
  88. ^ Van Morrison Website (Unofficial) 2003 Interview Shana Morrison
  89. ^ Heylin 2003. p437.
  90. ^ Hinton 1997. p299.
  91. ^ Rogan 2006. p411.
  92. ^ Turner 1993. p177.
  93. ^ Heylin 2003. pp450,457,458.
  94. ^ Van Morrison-A Night in San Francisco music reviews. Rolling Stone.
  95. ^ Rogan, 2006, p. 437
  96. ^ Van Morrison Website (Unofficial) Discography
  97. ^ Heylin 2003. pp490,491.
  98. ^ Ray Charles by Van Morrison. Rolling Stone Magazine. Retrieved on 2007-03-31.
  99. ^ bmi.com news Morrison to be honored as BMI ICON retrieved 2007-05-26
  100. ^ The Top 50 Records of 2005. rolling stone magazine. Retrieved on 2007-05-04.
  101. ^ Van Morrison Ryman Auditorium Nashville TN by Barry Mazor. nodepression.net. Retrieved on 2007-03-31.
  102. ^ Van Morrison Website (Unofficial) Transcript Barry Egan article:Sunday Independent
  103. ^ Van Morrison a dad again. rte.ie/arts. Retrieved on 2007-09-06.
  104. ^ 10 Best Shows at Austin City Limits. rollingstone.com. Retrieved on 2007-03-31.
  105. ^ Van Morrison Website (Unofficial) Discography Live at Austin City Limits
  106. ^ Van Morrison Official website
  107. ^ Van Morrison Website (Unofficial) Discography LIve at Montreux 1980/1970
  108. ^ The All-Time 100 Albums. Time/CNN. Retrieved on 2007-03-31.
  109. ^ 885 All Time Greatest Artists. Retrieved on 2007-08-12.
  110. ^ Van Morrison, Terry George and Bill Monahan honored in LA. US-Irish Alliance. Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  111. ^ Baptism By Choir. nola.com. Retrieved on 2007-04-29.
  112. ^ Le Breton Flats Ottawa July 4, 2007. canoe.ca. Retrieved on 2007-07-29.
  113. ^ Van Morrison receives jazz award. 4NI.co.uk. Retrieved on 2007-05-09.
  114. ^ Official Van Morrison website
  115. ^ Van Morrison's The Best of Van Morrison, Volume 3. abcnewsaksuperstation. Retrieved on 2007-04-18.
  116. ^ Van Morrison finds a fantabulous time to join Itunes. variety.com. Retrieved on 2007-11-01.
  117. ^ subba cultcha.com Van Morrison releases Still On Top. subba-Cultcha. Retrieved on 2007-10-22.
  118. ^ Van Morrison Scores Highest Ever Album Chart Placing. uncut.com.uk. Retrieved on 2007-11-11.
  119. ^ Van Morrison Still on Top. MusicRemedy.com. Retrieved on 2007-10-22.
  120. ^ Van Morrison to reissue entire back catalogue. uncut.co.uk. Retrieved on 2007-11-30.
  121. ^ 40 Years After Releasing His First Solo Album Van Morrison Signs New Record Deal. PR Newswire Europe Ltd.. Retrieved on 2007-10-13.
  122. ^ Van the Man Returns. sawtelghad.com. Retrieved on 2007-10-13.
  123. ^ Damien Rice, Wembley Arena London. The Independent. Retrieved on 2007-11-17.
  124. ^ Ray Lamontagne Under the Influence. harpmagazine.com. Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  125. ^ popmatters music reviews James Morrison Undiscovered. popmatters.com. Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  126. ^ Morrison Tries to Live up to Hype. canoe.ca. Retrieved on 2007-04-14.
  127. ^ Bonnaroo 2007 Artists Paolo Nutini. bonnaroo.com. Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  128. ^ David Gray. rollingstone.com. Retrieved on 2007-10-28.
  129. ^ David Gray. scaruffi.com. Retrieved on 2007-11-18.
  130. ^ Dylan support slot a dream come true. The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved on 2007-09-02.
  131. ^ Van Morrison Website (Unofficial) 1984 Interview Bill Flanagan
  132. ^ Biography-Brian Kennedy. 2006 briankennedy.co.uk. Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  133. ^ James Hunter in Concert. npr.org. Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  134. ^ Van Morrison Website (Unoffical) 2004 Interview Jazziz

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References

  • Heylin, Clinton (2003). Can You Feel the Silence? Van Morrison: A New Biography, Chicago Review Press ISBN 1-55652-542-7
  • Hinton, Brian (1997). Celtic Crossroads: The Art of Van Morrison, Sanctuary, ISBN 1-86074169X
  • Rogan, Johnny (2006). Van Morrison:No Surrender, London:Vintage Books ISBN 9780099431831
  • Turner, Steve (1993). Too Late to Stop Now, Viking Penguin, ISBN 0-670-85147-7
  • Van Morrison Website (Unofficial). A collection of information on Van Morrison gathered from many sources. Michael Hayward.
  • Van Morrison. Peter Wolfe. Rolling Stone Issue 946. Rolling Stone.
  • The Immortals: The First Fifty. Rolling Stone Issue 946. Rolling Stone.

Further reading

  • Yorke, Ritchie (1975). Into The Music, London:Charisma Books , ISBN 0-85947-013-X
  • Dawe, Gerald (2007). My Mother-City, Belfast:Lagan Press — (Includes section on Van Morrison from previous edition, The Rest is History, Newry:Abbey Press, 1998)

See also

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