Monday, 10 July 2017

Believe It or Not - Part 10


On the day Van was knighted by Prince Charles (Feb, 2016) he was asked what his favourite album was from his back catalogue.  Surprisingly he named Common One from 1980.  


Singer Jamie Cullum was only 16 when he was credited as an assistant engineer on Van's Days Like This album.  


On June 6, 2016 Van sang three songs at St Donnard’s Church in East Belfast at the funeral of his 94 year old mother Violet.  He sang On Hyndford Street which was a fitting tribute to his mum. Fifty years or so ago Violet ran Van’s short-lived fan club.  

Van used to go buy Chinese food for Little Walter and he then taught Van some harmonica skills.  


Tupelo Honey was listed as number 26 on Paste Magazine's "50 Sexiest Songs of All Time".  Winner was Marvin Gaye's Let's Get it On.


Brown Eyed Girl is listed in Joshua Calixto’s article 6 Bands Who Hate the Songs That Made Them Famous.  Other songs include Radiohead’s Creep, Baauer’s Harlem Shake and Beastie Boys’ (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party).



Van made number 6 on the list of 17 Notoriously Prickly Interview Subjects compiled by Sam Adams, et.al. 


Owen Barder was serious when he posted this list of the top five list of great singers who can’t actually sing: Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, Van Morrison and Mark Knopfler.

In an interview in 1981 Van said "I wanna forget about reggae because I don't like it."


According to musicologists Dr Alisun Pawley and Dr Daniel Müllensiefen, Brown Eyed Girl was  the 8th “catchiest” song of all time.  The top spots went to Queen’s We Are The Champions and the Village People’s YMCA


Van Morrison has stated that the song Brown Eyed Girl was "vaguely inspired", by the novel Sylvie and Bruno, by Lewis Carroll.


In the SFist website St Dominic’s Preview was listed at number 10 in their list of the 20 Best Songs About Places In San Francisco.


The Tropicana Motel on Santa Monica Boulevard has its place in rock history.  People like Andy Warhol, Jim Morrison, Tom Waits, Alice Cooper, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Bob Marley and the Wailers all supposedly stayed there at key moments. Van Morrison wrote T.B. Sheets and several other songs while staying at there. 


Van Morrison was the first musical guest on Jimmy Fallon's first show. 

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