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The Legacy of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks : March 13, 2014

Astral Weeks comes up whenever the routine discussion of “The Best Albums of All Time” takes place, a rare feat for an album whose stylistic classification is so blurry. Not th ...

Five Essential Van Morrison Albums : November 04, 2013

Renowned as the grumpiest man in rock, Belfast troubadour Van Morrison is still going strong after 45 years in the business, with his recent release, Born To Sing: No Plan B receiv ...

Van Morrison Plays San Francisco, NYC Concerts with Daughter Shana : October 10, 2013

Van Morrison is set to play three shows in the stateside next month with a double stop in San Francisco and one in New York. The mini-trek looks to a family affair, with Morrison's ...

Robert Plant, Van Morrison Headline London’s BluesFest : July 18, 2013

Robert Plant and Van Morrison will headline BluesFest London this fall. The event will mark the first time a full-scale festival has been held at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall ...

Van Morrison, Avett Brothers Plan New Albums for Fall Release : June 27, 2012

Both Van Morrison and the Avett Brothers have announced that they will release new albums before the end of the year. The legendary Morrison will release Born to Sing: No Plan B ...

Van Morrison, Bob Dylan Sign On for 2012 Monteaux Jazz Festival : April 24, 2012

The Montreux Jazz Festival, which is now closing in on its 50th year of existence, has announced that some big names will be included in the lineup this year, including Bob Dylan a ...

Van Morrison Cancels Upcoming Texas Tour Dates : January 19, 2010

According to the statement posted at texasperformingarts.org, Van Morrison has had to cancel three upcoming Texas shows because of severe exhaustion. The Irish singer had been set ...

New Orleans Jazz Festival Returns with Pearl Jam, Van Morrison : December 17, 2009

It’s hard to image as winter gets a firm foothold, but the sultry, spring New Orleans Jazz Festival is just around the corner. The festival is headlined by heavyweight music acts ...


van morrison Biography

Van Morrison, the Northern Irish musician and singer-songwriter, was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on August 31, 1945. At their best, his live performances are inspired and transcendental. Several of his recordings including the studio albums “Moondance” and “Astral Weeks” as well as “It's too Late to Stop Now,” a live album, are widely regarded as some of the greatest albums ever made.

Morrison launched his profession career during the late 1950s while still a teenager. He played several different instruments, including saxophone, keyboards, harmonica and guitar for a variety of Irish show bands. During the middle 1960s he became prominent as lead singer for Them, an R&B band from Northern Ireland. He recorded “Gloria,” the classic garage band song, with Them.

Morrison's solo career was launched by releasing “Brown Eyed Girl,” a hit single. In 1968, he recorded the album “Astral Weeks.” Morrison's next set, “Moondance,” established him as a major performing artist. His reputation throughout the 1970s was built through his live performances and critically acclaimed albums. Morrison continues to tour and record. His live performances and albums are well received and sell well. He also collaborates with other artists at times like The Chieftains and Georgie Fame. In 2008, Morrison performed “Astral Weeks.” It was his first live performance of the set since 1968.

The music of Morrison's is mainly structured around R&B and soul music conventions, like his popular singles “Wild Night,” “Domino,” “Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile),” and “Brown Eyed Girl.” Another major part of Morrison's catalog includes loosely connected, long, musical journeys that are spiritually inspired and show influences of stream-of-consciousness narratives, jazz and Celtic tradition, like Astral Weeks as well as works that are lesser known such as “Common One” and “Veedon Fleece.” The two strains formed Celtic Soul.

Over the course of his career Morison has won six Grammy Awards and is a member of the both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.