George Ivan "Van" Morrison, OBE is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician.
Known as "Van the Man" to his fans, Morrison started his professional career when,
as a teenager in the late 1950s.
He rose to prominence in the mid-1960s as the lead singer of the Northern Irish R&B band
George Ivan Morrison
Also known as
Van the Man
The Belfast Cowboy
August 31st, 1945 (age
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Rock, blues, rhythm and blues, folk,
blue-eyed soul, Celtic, rock and roll, jazz, pop, soft rock, country, skiffle, gospel
Vocals, guitar, harmonica, saxophones, keyboards, drums, tambourine, ukulele
Did You Know:
Van was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame 2003
He received an honorary degree as a doctor of music from Queen's University in 2001
Van Morrison Quotes
"In order to win you must be prepared to lose something. And leave one or two cards showing."
"Music is spiritual. The music business is not."
"I don't feel comfortable doing interviews. My profession is music, and writing songs. That's what I do. I like to do it, but I hate to talk about it."
"I write songs. Then, I record them. And, later, maybe I perform them on stage. That's what I do. That's my job. Simple."
Van Morrison Awards
Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals ("Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?" with The Chieftains).
Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals ("Don't Look Back" with John Lee Hooker).