Van Morrison
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"George Ivan "Van" Morrison", Order of the British Empire/OBE is a Northern Ireland/Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. His live performances at their best are described as mystical and Wiktionary:transcendent#English/transcendental, while some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance and the live album It's Too Late to Stop Now, are critically acclaimed.

Known as "Van the Man" to his fans, Morrison started his professional career when, as a teenager in the late 1950s, he played a variety of instruments including guitar, harmonica, keyboards and saxophone for various Irish showbands covering the popular hits of the day. He rose to prominence in the mid-1960s as the lead vocalist/lead singer of the Northern Irish R&B band Them (band)/Them, with whom he recorded the garage band classic "Gloria (Them song)/Gloria". His solo career began under the pop-hit oriented guidance of Bert Berns with the release of the hit single "Brown Eyed Girl" in 1967.

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