Origin: Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Few artists have packed their music with more soulful energy than Van Morrison. Maybe it’s his Irish heritage, or a close connection with a Higher Source of inspiration. In 2016, he was knighted for his musical achievements and his services to tourism and charitable causes in Northern Ireland.
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 show bands, covering the popular hits of that time.
His first work burst onto the scene in 1964 as the lead singer his band, Them. “Gloria,” “Baby Please Don’t Go,” “Here Comes The Night” and “Mystic Eyes” burned up the charts in the UK and the United States.
1966 was the right time for Van to go solo with now classic albums (Astral Weeks) and songs like “Moondance.” Morrison’s steady output has covered all of his favorite musical bases: rock, blues, soul and gospel, in the process.
Just this year, 2017, Van dropped his latest album, Roll with the Punches. Take a listen to what it sounds like in the video below.
Van’s solo output is listed as 41 albums, three including a featured artist. K-ZAP 93.3 FM and streaming at K-ZAP.ORG/ARTIST/VAN-MORRISON/ joyfully spins his latest as part of our 50 years of rock, blues and more!
Them with Van Morrison
The Angry Young Them (1965)
Them Again (1966)
Blowin’ Your Mind (1967)
Astral Weeks (1968)
His Band and the Street Choir (1970)
Tupelo Honey (1971)
Saint Dominic’s Preview (1972)
Hard Nose The Highway (1973)
It’s Too Late To Stop Now (Live) (1974)
Veedon Fleece (1974)
A Period of Transition (1977)
Into The Music (1979)
Common One (1980)
Beautiful Vision (1982)
Inarticulate Speech of the Heart (1983)
Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast (1984)
A Sense of Wonder (1984)
No Guru, No Method, No Teacher (1986)
Poetic Champions Compose (1987)
Irish Heartbeat (with the Chieftans) (1988)
Avalon Sunset (1989)
Hymns to the Silence (1991)
Too Long In Exile (1993)
A Night In San Francisco, Live (1994)
Days Like This (1995)
How Long Has This Been Going On (with Georgie Fame) (1995)
Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison (1996)
The Healing Game (1997)
Back On Top (1999)
The Skiffle Sessions, Live in Belfast 1998 (2000)
You Win Again (with Linda Gail Lewis) (2000)
Down The Road (2002)
Magic Time (2005)
Pay the Devil (2006)
Keep It Simple (2008)
Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl (2009)
Born to Sing: No Plan B (2012)
Duets: Re-working the Catalogue (2015)
Keep Me Singing (2016)
Roll with the Punches (2017)