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Equal parts blue-eyed soul shouter and wild-eyed poet-sorcerer, Van Morrison} was among popular music's true innovators, a restless seeker whose alchemical fusion of R&B, jazz, blues, and Celtic folk produced perhaps the most spiritually transcendent body of work in the rock & roll canon. Morrison} enjoyed a massive cult following that grew exponentially throughout the course of his lengthy and prolific career; his recordings cover extraordinary stylistic ground yet retain a consistency and purity virtually unmatched among his contemporaries.

George Ivan Morrison} was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on August 31, 1945. At 15 he quit school to join the local R&B band the Monarchs}, touring military bases throughout Europe before returning home to form his own group, Them}. The band enjoyed modest success after their debut in 1964; Morrison} left the band following a 1966 tour of the U.S.

Morrison}'s first solo sessions produced arguably his most familiar hit, the jubilant "Brown-Eyed Girl."} Astral Weeks} from 1968 remains not only Morrison}'s masterpiece, but one of the greatest records ever made -- a haunting, deeply personal collection of impressionistic folk-styled epics. The follow-up, 1970's Moondance}, was every bit as brilliant -- buoyant and optimistic where Astral Weeks} had been dark and anguished, it cracked the Top 40, generating the perennials "Caravan"} and "Into the Mystic."}

The first half of the 1970s was the most fertile creative period of Morrison}'s career -- after His Band and the Street Choir} yielded his biggest chart hit, "Domino,"} Morrison} released 1971's Tupelo Honey} and 1974's stunning Veedon Fleece}. Into the Music}, released in 1979, was first in a series of albums that dealt with spiritual themes. Avalon Sunset}, from 1989, heralded a commercial rebirth of sorts -- "Whenever God Shines His Light,"} a duet with Cliff Richard}, became Morrison}'s first U.K. Top 20 hit in over two decades.

The ambitious 1991 double set, Hymns to the Silence}, was widely hailed as his most impressive outing in years. Throughout the '90s and into the new century, Morrison} continued alternating between new studio albums and collections of rare and live material, including the surprising The Skiffle Sessions: Live in Belfast}, which was released in 2000. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

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