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Them was a Northern Irish band formed in Belfast in 1963, best known for the garage rock standard “Gloria” and launching singer Van Morrison’s career.

The band featured Van Morrison on vocals and harmonica, Billy Harrison on guitar, Eric Wrixen on piano and keyboards, Alan Henderson on bass, and Ronnie Millings on drums, with other musicians replacing or contributing during the life of the band.

The group released its first single, “Don’t Start Crying Now”/”One Two Brown Eyes”, in August 1964. The single was a flop. The band’s managers and producers then hired session players Jimmy Page, Peter Bardens, and drummer Bobby Graham to back Morrison on a cover of Big Joe Williams’ “Baby Please Don’t Go”. The single, which featured the now-legendary “Gloria” as a B-side, was a smash in the UK, sailing to #10 on the charts in December 1964. The band then released its biggest hit in the UK, “Here Comes the Night”/”All for Myself”, which hit #2 in March 1965 (it went to #24 in the US that May). Later that year the instrumental “Mystic Eyes” reached #33 in the US. (The following year American band Shadows of Knight had a top ten US hit with their rendition of “Gloria”.)

The band released two albums on Decca, The Angry Young Them and Them Again, both of which failed to sell, and in mid-1966, Van Morrison left the group to pursue a solo career. The rest of the band continued on into the early ‘70’s, releasing four albums and touring steadily after relocating to California around 1967.

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  • HumbertoGillan

    Well, the early Them with Van Morrison is great, but the psychedelic Them is awesome all the way! Square room!!!!!

    21 Mar 12:21pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    круче, чем все, что делал вэн потом

    28 Feb 5:28am Reply
  • lvleskalina

    Square Room!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    13 May 2013 Reply
  • BallerCraig

    Two redhead boys from North Ireland? What???

    19 Dec 2012 Reply
  • omaschubsa

    Square room is a really good song (3)

    12 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Robert161989

    Square Room

    11 Sep 2012 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Surly, swaggering & great. Van the man in fine form with Them.

    28 Jul 2012 Reply
  • KingSprayBall

    Gloria

    13 Jul 2012 Reply
  • bernarducs

    the 1965 album is a rolling stone album better than many original rolling stones album in the first mid sixies I agree \/ \/

    25 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ashleyrobb

    van blows mick jagger out of the water. motherfucker's got so much soul.

    22 Feb 2012 Reply
  • podzemniy

    what about Anticon's Them? :(

    3 Feb 2012 Reply
  • eSpinoza88

    So i found both of "Them"... but the best impression i get from psychedelic Them, 1967. The song "Square Room" is so ritualic.

    27 Jan 2012 Reply
  • fkyou1

    hey girl is the best y'all

    12 Jan 2012 Reply
  • sexy_sadie

    Beats early Stones all the way.

    9 Dec 2011 Reply
  • ashleyrobb

    :: faints ::

    6 Nov 2011 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Only Morrison's songs are worth checking out, the rest of Them's songbook is lame in comparison.

    29 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Druid66

    It ain't us versus Them, it's us digging Them!

    20 Jul 2011 Reply
  • SilentPoet82

    New season of the Irish Rock League has started. Your votes will decide the next champion!

    10 Jul 2011 Reply
  • HumbertoGillan

    Square Room are a excellent song with indian sounds without traditional carnatic music instruments

    29 Jun 2011 Reply
  • genegir

    Легендарная группа! Где бы мы были сейчас без Gloria, I Can Only Give You Everything и других?! Лучший этап в карьере Ван Моррисона.

    25 May 2011 Reply
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