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Van Morrison

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A Quick Tip by drifter51

  • Jan 7, 2011
Without a doubt one of the most prolific artists of the past 40 years. Van Morrison has been churning out consistantly great material during all of that time. He dabbles in all sorts of genres as well. I'm hard pressed to find very many bad Van Morrison tunes.
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January 08, 2011
Great QT, Paul, agreed!
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Quick Tip by . June 27, 2010
One of my favorite musicians. I've been trying to seen Van in concert for years and just keep missing him. My ultimate goal would be to see him perform in Dublin. Fantastic, easy listening music that always puts you in a good mood.
review by . July 05, 2009
Van's the man - from Them to now
Van Morrison - Top 10 Favorites   Back in the 1960’s, Van Morrison was that fiery little red-headed guy from Belfast Ireland who fronted the group “Them” (named after the 1954 monster movie featuring radiation-induced giant ants from New Mexico). He grew up in a household with a vocalist mother and a father who collected American jazz and blues records. At a young age, Morrison had mastered guitar, harmonica, and sax. His song “Gloria” reached #10 on the charts …
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Part Celtic bard, part soulster, and part ecstatically scatting mystical visionary, Van Morrison is a painfully introverted figure who rarely gives interviews and is often at a loss to explain his own lyrics. In the studio, Van Morrison can sing like a soul man getting the spirit; onstage, however, his brilliance can be undercut by whim or temper, and he has upon occasion alienated audiences by rushing through songs and remaining aloof between them. Nonetheless, his influence among rock singer/songwriters is unrivaled by any living artist outside of that other prickly legend, Bob Dylan. Echoes of Morrison's rugged literateness and his gruff, feverishly emotive vocal style can be heard in latter-day icons ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Elvis Costello, while the Irish artist's own restless muse has kept him prolific and engaging through the '90s.

Morrison's mother sang at social gatherings, and his father collected classic blues and jazz records. He learned guitar, saxophone, and harmonica while in school, and was playing with Belfast blues, jazz, and rock bands by his mid-teens. At 15, he quit school, joined an R&B band called the Monarchs, and toured Europe with them as saxophonist. While in Germany, a film director offered Morrison a role in a movie as a jazz saxophonist. The project was dropped, and Morrison returned to Belfast and opened an R&B club in the Maritime Hotel. He recruited some friends to form Them, which became an immediate local sensation as the ...

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Filmography: The Last Waltz, Glastonbury
Country: Northern Ireland
Birth Date: August 31, 1945
Birth Place: Belfast, Belfast, Ireland
Gender: Male
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