Van Morrison

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Van Morrison
Morrison performing on 23 August 2015
Morrison performing on 23 August 2015
Background information
Birth nameGeorge Ivan Morrison
Also known asVan the man
The Belfast Cowboy
The Belfast Lion
Born (1945-08-31) 31 August 1945 (age 78)
Bloomfield, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
Years active1958–present

Sir George Ivan Morrison OBE (born 31 August 1945)[1] is a Northern Irish Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer whose recording career spans seven decades.

Morrison's solo career began in 1967 with the release of the hit single "Brown Eyed Girl". His first well known album was Astral Weeks (1968).[2] While initially a poor seller, the album has become regarded as a classic.[3] Moondance (1970) made Morrison famous.[4]

Morrison has been honored into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2016, he was knighted for services to the music industry and to tourism in Northern Ireland.[5][6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Van Morrison biography at AllMusic Edit this at Wikidata
  2. Turner (1993). pp. 86 – 90
  3. "Van Morrison: Astral Weeks". BBC Radio 6 Music. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  4. Eskow, Gary (1 April 2005). "Classic Tracks: Van Morrison's Moondance". Mix (magazine). Archived from the original on 19 April 2005. Retrieved 26 May 2009.
  5. Rayner, Gordon (13 June 2015). "Queen's Birthday Honours: Van Morrison knighted". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  6. "The Queen's Birthday Honours 2015". Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 3 July 2018.