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A proud son of Ireland who embodies the soul of Americana with the penmanship of a prodigy. For over a half century Van Morrison transcended audiences worldwide with his spiritual-like take on songwriting and crooning vocals. Beginning his career as a lead singer for the rock ‘n’ roll band known as Them, the group churned out hit songs in their native city Belfast. The hits of Baby, Please Don’t Go and Gloria provided Morrison and the group the opportunity to tour the U.S. at the peak of the British Invasion. But the death of a band member and lack of new material would cause the group to split and go their separate ways soon after. The band was finished; however, Morrison was not. He took a chance by starting a solo career and produced timeless classics with an extensive discography of critically acclaimed records.
Morrison debuted as a solo artist in 1967 with the release of his first record Blowin’ Your Mind. The record produced the hit single Brown Eyed-Girl which would be forever immortalized as an essential classic for pop music. Rolling Stone magazine included the track in its list of 100 Greatest Pop Songs. The track would also be hailed as Morrison’s “signature song” as it’s been regularly included in the lineup of every concert he’s ever performed. Audiences would also be introduced to Morrison’s versatility as a songwriter with the impactful tracks of “Ro Ro Rousey” and “T.B Sheets.”
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