Van Morrison

Van Morrison


8/31/1945, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Birth Name

George Ivan Morrison


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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2007 Van Morrison released a new greatest Hits Album entitled 'Still On Top.'

    • Van Morrison's song Brown Eyed Girl is ranked #49 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll.

    • At one point in the mid-60's Van Morrison played impromptu in Los Angeles at the Whisky a Go Go club with Jim Morrison, in which the two sang 'Gloria' together.

    • Before becoming a successful musician, Van Morrison had a job as a window cleaner.

    • Van grew up listening to artists such as Ray Charles, Leadbelly, and Solomon Burke.

    • In 2000, Van Morrison ranked number 25 on American cable music channel VH1's list of its 100 greatest artists of rock and roll.

    • Van is known by his fans as 'Van the Man'.

    • Van Morrison is widely considered one of the most unusual and influential vocalists in the history of rock and roll.

    • Van Morrison continues to play a busy schedule of regular concerts every year throughout Europe and in the US.

    • Van Morrison's most recent album Magic Time was released on his own Exile Music Recordings label in May 2005. With songs such as Stranded the title track, Magic Time, Celtic New Year and Gypsy in my Soul.

    • Van Morrison was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at an awards ceremony in New York City in June 2003.

    • In 2002, Van Morrison returned to Polydor Records and released his new album Down The Road. The album featured 13 brand new songs alongside a unique version of Georgia On My Mind and Evening Shadows an Acker Bilk instrumental to which Van added his own lyrical magic.

    • After the acclaimed Days Like This (1995)Van Morrison released How Long Has This Been Going On (1995), an album of mostly jazz standards featuring his old sparring partner Georgie Fame.

    • In 1988 Van Morrison joined with The Chieftains to do the ablum Irish Heartbeat.

    • Van Morrison's 1974 live set 'It's Too Late To Stop Now' marked the end of this prolific early phase as he returned to Ireland to explore further his Celtic roots.

    • In 1967 Van Morrison began his solo career in New York where he recorded an LP titled Blowin' Your Mind.

    • In 1964 Van Morrison started an R&B called Them.

    • As a teenager Van Morrison played guitar, sax and harmonica with a series of local Irish showbands, skiffle and rock'n'roll groups.

    • At age 15, Van Morrison quit school to join the local R&B band the Monarchs.

    • Van Morrison's mother was a singer, while his father ardently collected classic American jazz and blues recordings.

  • Quotes

    • Van Morrison: I have to evolve, otherwise I don't want to do it. I'm not interested.

    • Van Morrison: I have been in the music business for 40 years, and I have done an enormous amount of interviews.

    • Van Morrison: I educated myself. To me, school was boring.

    • Van Morrison: I don't think nostalgia has to be negative.

    • Van Morrison: I don't really practice. I don't really play enough. I've been caught up in a lot of business stuff.

    • Van Morrison: I don't really like to use the word spiritual. But if there is such a thing, then I'm connected to it.

    • Van Morrison: I don't know why they bother writing about me. I guess because I'm a name.

    • Van Morrison: I don't feel I'm really playing the kind of gigs that suit me. Most of the gigs are too big for what I'm communicating.

    • Van Morrison: I do see value in music criticism. Most of the criticism I have received over the years has been very good.

    • Van Morrison: I do lower stuff now. That's all I'm conscious of. My voice seems to naturally want to go lower.

    • Van Morrison: I can't imagine what it's like, coming in to do this now. In my wildest dreams I couldn't imagine what it's like. It's a Big Brother world.

    • Van Morrison: I always record far more than I can use. There's probably twice as much recorded as comes out.

    • Van Morrison: Hearing the blues changed my life.

    • Van Morrison: Going out and touring for two or three months at a time... I find that incompatible.

    • Van Morrison: Every performance is different. That's the beauty of it.

    • Van Morrison: Even today, skiffle is a defining part of my music. If I get the opportunity to just have a jam, skiffle is what I love to play.

    • Van Morrison: Donegan is a great singer. He's even better now than he was then.

    • Van Morrison: Do what you like. This is what I like and that's what I'm doing.

    • Van Morrison: Bobby Scott thought soul music came from Ireland and Scotland, and this kind of stuck in my head.

    • Van Morrison: As a developing musician, skiffle became a platform for me to start playing music.

    • Van Morrison: Albums are not the whole picture. You really need to go to loads of gigs to get the whole picture. That's really what it's about.

    • Van: A famous person to themselves, they don't get up in the morning and think, I'm famous. I'm not famous to me. Famous is a perception.

    • Van Morrison: I understood jazz, I understood how it worked. That's what I apply to everything.

    • Van Morrison: I only had a choice when I became an independent producer and I could move things around differently and play my own game. But that took a long time.

    • Van Morrison: I never paid attention to what was contemporary or what was commercial, it didn't mean anything to me.

    • Van Morrison: Of my whole career, the shining moment was when I sang 'Gloria' onstage at the Whisky with Jim Morrison.