Van Morrison, was born George Ivan Morrison on 31st August 1945 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A critically acclaimed singer/songwriter some of Van 'Van the Man' Morrison's albums are considered some of the best ever made including "Moondance", "Astral Weeks" and "It's Too Late to Stop Now". His work came from a number of genres including R&B, soul, Rock 'n' Roll, celtic, blues and jazz. He can play the guitar, saxaphone, harmonica, keyboard, tambourine, drums and ukulele.
Van Morrison achieved considerable international fame, largely as an album artist. In 1993, Morrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2003 the Songwriters Hall of Fame as well. VH1 ranked him No. 25 in their list of "100 Greatest Artists of Rock and Roll". and Rolling Stone magazine rated Morrison No. 42 in their list of "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".
His superb albums include "Blowin' Your Mind!", "Moondance", "Astral Weeks", "His Band and the Street Choir", "Saint Dominic's Preview", "Tupelo Honey", "Hard Nose the Highway", "Veedon Fleece", "It's Too Late to Stop Now", "The Healing Game", "Live at Austin City Limits Festival" and the more recent album "Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl".
Van released the majority of albums through Bang, London, Warner Bros, Mercury, Lost Highway Records, Exile/Polydor, Listen to the Lion/EMI and Decca. Now in his 60s Morrison is still active in music.
Name originally George Ivan Morrison; born August 31, 1945, in Belfast, Northern Ireland; son of Violet Morrison (a jazz singer); married Janet Planet (divorced, 1973).
Played tenor saxophone in the Irish rhythm and blues group the Monarchs, 1961-63; founding member of Them, 1963-66 (first U.S. tour, 1966); solo artist, 1967—(first U.S. solo tour, 1967).
Addresses: Record company—Polygram Records, 810 Seventh Ave., New York, N.Y. 10019.
Albums: (for Warner Brothers, except as noted)
Blowiri Your Mind, Bang, 1967.
The Best of Van Morrison, Bang, 1967.
Astral Weeks, 1969.
His Band and the Street Choir, 1970.
Tupelo Honey, 1971.
Saint Dominic's Preview, 1972.
Hard Nose the Highway, 1973.
It's Too Late to Stop Now, 1974.
T.B. Sheets, Bang, 1974.
Veedon Fleece, 1974.
A Period of Transition, 1977.
Into the Music, 1979.
Common One, 1980.
Beautiful Vision, 1982.
Inarticulate Speech of the Heart, 1983.
Live at the Grand Opera House, Belfast, Polygram, 1984.
A Sense of Wonder, Polygram, 1985.
No Guru, No Method, No Teacher, Polygram, 1986.
Poetic Champions Compose, Polygram, 1987.
Live for Ireland, Polygram, 1988.
Irish Heartbeat, Polygram, 1988.
Avalon Sunset, Polygram, 1989.
Enlightenment, Mercury, 1990.
Hymns to the Silence, Mercury, 1991.
Too Long in Exile, Exile/Polydor, 1993.
A Night in San Francisco (Live), Polydor, 1994.
Days Like This, Polydor, 1995.
How Long Has This Been Going On with (Georgie Fame), Polydor, 1996.
Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison, Polydor, 1996.
The Healing Game, Polydor, 1997.
Back on Top, Virgin/Point Blank, 1999.
The Skiffle Sessions - Live in Belfast 1998, Virgin/Point Blank, 2000.
You Win Again, Virgin/Point Blank, 2000.
Down the Road, Polydor, 2002.
What's Wrong with This Picture?, Blue Note / EMI, 2003.
Magic Time, Blue Note / EMI, 2005.
Pay the Devil, Exile/Polydor (UK), Lost, 2006.
Keep It Simple, Exile/Polydor (UK), Lost, 2008.
Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl (Live), Listen to the Lion/EMI 2009.
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