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    Van Morrison

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    Genre:Classical, Ethnic/Folk, Rock
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    And It Stoned Me lyrics
    7,710 4.8/5
    Moondance lyrics
    Van Morrison feat. Georgie Fame
    3Go On Home Baby lyrics
    4Shot Of Rhythm And Blues lyrics
    Out Of Sight lyrics
    Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye) lyrics
    7Cry For Home lyrics
    8If I Ever Needed Someone lyrics
    9How Long Baby lyrics
    10City Home lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    155 4.6/5
    It's Too Late To Stop Now [1974]
    Keep Me Singing
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    Moondance [1970]
    1,054 5.0/5
    It's Too Late To Stop Now [Volume I / Volumes II, III, IV & DVD]
    2,969 5.0/5
    Avalon Sunset [1989]
    Irish Heartbeat [1988]
    Brown Eyed Girl [1997]
    Saint Dominic's Preview [1972]
    Midnight Special [2004]
    Essential Van Morrison [2001]


    Van Morrison, OBE (born George Ivan Morrison; 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. His live performances at their best are described as transcendental, while some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance and the live album It's Too Late to Stop Now, are critically acclaimed and appear at the top of many greatest album lists.

    Known as "Van the Man" to his fans, Morrison started his professional career when, as a teenager in the late 1950s, he played a variety of instruments including guitar, harmonica, keyboards and saxophone for various Irish showbands covering the popular hits of the day. He rose to prominence in the mid-1960s as the lead singer of the Northern Irish R&B band Them, with whom he recorded the garage band classic "Gloria". His solo career began under the pop-hit oriented guidance of Bert Berns with the release of the hit single "Brown Eyed Girl" in 1967. After Berns' death, Warner Bros. Records bought out his contract and allowed him three sessions to record Astral Weeks in 1968. Even though this album would gradually garner high praise, it was initially poorly received; however, the next one, Moondance, established Morrison as a major artist, and throughout the 1970s he built on his reputation with a series of critically acclaimed albums and live performances. Morrison continues to record and tour, producing albums and live performances that sell well and are generally warmly received, sometimes collaborating with other artists, such as Georgie Fame and The Chieftains. In 2008 he performed Astral Weeks live for the first time since 1968.

    Much of Morrison's music is structured around the conventions of soul music and R&B, such as the popular singles "Brown Eyed Girl", "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)", "Domino" and "Wild Night". An equal part of his catalogue consists of lengthy, loosely connected, spiritually inspired musical journeys that show the influence of Celtic tradition, jazz, and stream-of-consciousness narrative, such as Astral Weeks and lesser-known works such as Veedon Fleece and Common One. The two strains together are sometimes referred to as "Celtic Soul".

    Morrison has received considerable acclaim, including six Grammy Awards, the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, being inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and appearing on several "Greatest Artists" lists.

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