#feature George Ivan Morrison, born 31 August 1945 is a still performing Northern Irish singer-songwriter, instrumentalist and record producer.
Van heard his Shipyard worker father’s collection of #blues, #country and #gospel early in life. Feeding off musical greats such as Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Muddy Waters, Mahalia Jackson and Leadbelly he was a travelling musician at 13 and singing, playing guitar and sax, in several bands, before forming the garage-band 'Them' in 1964.
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their name at Belfast’s Maritime Club, Them soon established Van as a major force in the British R&B scene. Morrison’s matchless vocal and songwriting talents produced instant classics such as the much covered ‘Gloria’ and ‘Here Comes The Night', and 'Brown Eyed Girl'.