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Name: George Ivan Morrison                                                           
Born: 31 August 1945 Belfast, Northern Ireland                                       
George Ivan Morrison (generally known as Van Morrison) (born August 31, 1945)         
is a Grammy Award-winning Northern Irish singer, songwriter, author, poet and         
multi-instrumentalist, who has been a professional musician since the late 1950s.     
He plays a variety of instruments, including the guitar, harmonica, keyboards,       
drums, and saxophone. Featuring his characteristic growl a unique mix of folk,       
blues, Irish, scat, and Celtic influences Morrison is widely considered one of       
the most unusual and influential vocalists in the history of rock and roll.           
Critic Greil Marcus has gone so far as to say that "no white man sings like Van       
Known as "Van the Man" by his fans, Morrison first rose to prominence as the         
lead singer of the Northern Irish band Them, penning their seminal 1964 hit "Gloria". 
A few years later, Morrison left the band for a successful solo career.               
Morrison has pursued an idiosyncratic musical path. Much of his music is tightly     
structured around the conventions of American soul and R&B, such as the popular       
singles "Brown Eyed Girl", "Moondance", "Into The Mystic","Domino" and "Wild         
Night". An equal part of his catalogue consists of lengthy, loosely connected,       
spiritually inspired musical journeys that show the influence of Celtic               
tradition, jazz, and stream-of-consciousness narrative, such as his classic           
album Astral Weeks and lesser known works such as Veedon Fleece and Common One.       
The two strains together are sometimes referred to as "Celtic Soul".                 
Morrison's career, spanning some five decades, has influenced many popular           
musical artists. In 1993 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and     
the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2000, Morrison ranked #25 on American       
cable music channel VH1's list of its 100 greatest artists of rock and roll, and     
in 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Van Morrison 42nd on their list of The         
Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Paste Magazine ranked him 20th           
in their list of 100 Greatest Living Songwriters in 2006 and Q Magazine ranked       
him 22nd on their list of 100 Greatest Singers in April 2007.