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Belfast, Northern Ireland (1958 – present)

George Ivan Morrison (generally known as Van Morrison) (born 31 August 1945) is a Grammy Award-winning artist from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He’s a singer, songwriter, author, poet, and multi-instrumentalist, who has been a professional musician since 1958. 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.

Known as “Van the Man” by his fans, Morrison first rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Northern Irish band Them, writing their 1964 hit “Gloria”. A few years later, Morrison left the band for a successful solo career, starting with the album Astral Weeks.

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,” and Morrison rejects the characterization of his genre of music as Rock, citing Elvis Presley as a non-influence.

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  • luckystoned

    Common One

    10 May 2:04am Reply
  • RussellChap

    in my alternate reality Van Morrison would've just continued with the cosmic/mystic stuff he explored on Astral Weeks & Veedon Fleece, rather than the straight blues & soul he's better known for. I mean he's duetting with Joss Stone & Micheal Buble for Gods sake. Two of the most shallow & empty singers you could find, devoid of Criac.

    17 Apr 3:31pm Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    Living proof that gingers do have souls.

    14 Apr 2:47am Reply
  • Irryco

    The new album is great all the way through.

    21 Mar 5:38pm Reply
  • jonatas_90

    Tupelo Honey ♥ [2]

    2 Mar 12:03am Reply
  • SSBN623

    u-haul , the next time youall plan a british invasion . . . don't bother invitin' me to the party jim simon late of the united states submarine - certified insane

    21 Feb 4:17pm Reply
  • dandman8

    Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue

    18 Feb 9:12pm Reply
  • Irryco

    For all those that love "Astral Weeks": listen to "Veedon Fleece", "Common One" and "No Guru, No Method, No Teacher".

    10 Feb 7:31pm Reply
  • perfektionismus

    On one's way to enlightenment, Van is a companion.

    26 Jan 5:50am Reply
  • Nakkinak

    Lester Bangs' review of Astral Weeks is intense

    9 Jan 5:48pm Reply
  • Irryco

    New album to be released early next year. :)

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Irryco

    Van Morrison accepting the Legend Award, GQ Magazine, from Bob Geldof. Well worth seeing. ;) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU31wkXT5cI

    18 Sep 2014 Reply
  • SokolovaAL

    I like his early 80s albums

    13 Sep 2014 Reply
  • TheUselessGolem

    Beautiful Vision is tremendous. It bears repeating.

    31 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    his 80s albums are insane

    4 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Irryco

    Astral Weeks and Veedon Fleece are mine.

    30 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Tymbolic

    Not that anyone cares, but Tupelo Honey and Veedon Fleece are my favorites.

    24 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Irryco

    If you like his early 80s albums, especially Beautiful Vision, his "Live at the grand opera house in Belfast" from 1984 is a must.

    22 Jul 2014 Reply
  • towlesda

    I'm starting to think that Veedon Fleece is his best album.

    24 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Irryco

    The song Ancient Highway is one of the highlights of his career, I think. :)

    9 Jun 2014 Reply
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