The performance on 22 August was exclusively for former teachers and pupils and the two remaining concerts were for members of the public  The first night of the Nocturne Live  concerts at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, UK on 25 Junefeatured Morrison and Grammy Award-winning American Jazz vocalist and songwriter Gregory Porter. In JuneThe Times noted that "fittingly for someone who has been so vocally opposed to the lockdown" resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, "Van Morrison played one of the first big-scale concerts in London since events, albeit tentatively, started up again.
Although the album was released in Junethe song was released as a single in November for the Christmas sales market and was performed on the BBC Album) show Top of the Pops. The single charted at No. During the s, Morrison developed a close association with two vocal talents at opposite ends of their careers: Georgie Fame with whom Morrison had already worked occasionally lent his voice and Hammond organ skills to Morrison's band; and Brian Kennedy 's vocals complemented the grizzled voice of Morrison, both in studio and live performances.
The s also saw an upsurge in collaborations by Morrison with other artists, a trend continuing into the new millennium. On this album, Hooker also recorded a cover of Morrison's " T. Sheets ". Morrison additionally collaborated with Tom Jones on his album Reloadperforming a duet on " Sometimes We Cry ", and he also sang vocals on a track entitled "The Last Laugh" on Mark Knopfler 's album, Sailing to Philadelphia.
The album received a three star review from AllMusic who called it "a roots effort that never sounds studied". It is at the heart of Morrison's presence as a singer that when he lights on certain sounds, certain small moments inside a song—hesitations, silences, shifts in pressure, sudden entrances, slamming doors—can then suggest whole territories, completed stories, indistinct ceremonies, far outside anything that can be literally traced in the compositions that carry them.
Featuring his characteristic growl—a mix of folkbluessouljazzgospeland Ulster Scots Celtic influences—Morrison is widely considered by many rock historians to be one of the most unusual and influential vocalists in the history of rock and roll. As Morrison began live performances of the year-old album Astral Weeks inthere were comparisons to his youthful voice of His early voice was described as "flinty and tender, beseeching and plaintive". Before, I sang in the upper area of my throat, which tends to wreck the vocal cords over time.
Singing from lower in the belly allows my resonance to carry far. I can stand four feet from a mic and be heard quite resonantly. Morrison has written hundreds of songs   during his career with a recurring theme reflecting a nostalgic yearning for the carefree days of his childhood in Belfast.
Also frequently present in Morrison's best love songs is a blending of the sacred-profane as evidenced in " Into the Mystic " and "So Quiet in Here". Beginning with his album, Into the Music and the song " And the Healing Has Begun ", a frequent theme of his music and lyrics has been based on his belief in the healing power of music combined with a form of mystic Christianity.
This theme has become one of the predominant qualities of his work. His lyrics show an influence of the visionary poets William Blake and W. Indeed, Morrison is returning poetry to its earliest roots — as in Homer or Old English epics like Beowulf or the Psalms or folk song — in all of which words and music combine to form a new reality.
The words may often be prosaic, and so can hardly be poetry. Morrison has described his songwriting method by remarking that: "I write from a different place. I do not even know what it is called or if it has a name.
It just Album) and I sculpt it, but it is also a lot of hard work doing the sculpting. Van Morrison is interested, obsessed with how much musical or verbal information he can compress into a small space, and, almost, conversely, how far he can spread one note, word, sound, or picture. To capture one moment, be it a caress or a twitch. He repeats certain phrases to extremes that from anybody else would seem ridiculous, because he's waiting for a vision to unfold, trying as unobtrusively as possible to nudge it along It's the great search, fuelled by the belief that through these musical and mental processes illumination is attainable.
Or may at least be glimpsed. Alone among rock's great figures—and even in that company he is one of the greatest—Morrison is adamantly inward. And unique. His spiritually-themed style of music first came into full expression with Astral Weeks in and he was noted to have remained a "master of his transcendental craft" in while performing the Astral Weeks songs live. His live performances are dependent on building dynamics with spontaneity between himself and his band, whom he controls with hand gestures throughout, sometimes signalling impromptu solos from a selected band member.
The music and vocals build towards a hypnotic and trance-like state that depends on in-the-moment creativity. Scott Foundas with LA Weekly wrote "he seeks to transcend the apparent boundaries of any given song; to achieve a total freedom of form; to take himself, his band and the audience on a journey whose destination is anything but known. In these moments, the self is left behind, and the sound, that "yarragh," becomes the active agent: a musical person, with its own mind, its own body.
Morrison has said he believes in the jazz improvisational technique of never performing a song the same way twice and Album) for the unique rendition of the Astral Weeks songs live, doesn't perform a concert from a preconceived set list. If anything, I aim to take myself there in my music.
If the listener catches the wavelength of what I am saying or singing, or gets whatever point whatever line means to them, then I guess as a writer I may have done a day's work. Over the years he has recorded songs from a varying list of genres drawn from many influences and interests. Morrison's music has been described by music journalist Alan Light as "Celtic soul",  or what biographer Brian Hinton referred to as a new alchemy called "Caledonian soul. Yorke said Morrison "discovered several years after he first began composing music that some of his songs lent themselves to a unique major modal scale without sevenths which of course is the same scale as that used by bagpipe players and old Irish and Scottish folk music.
The name " Caledonia " has played a prominent role in Morrison's life and career. Biographer Ritchie Yorke had pointed out already by that Morrison has referred to Caledonia so many times in his career that he "seems to be obsessed with the word". Morrison's influence can readily be heard in the music of a diverse array of major artists.
Echoes of Morrison's rugged literateness and his gruff, feverish emotive vocals can be heard in latter day icons ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Elvis Costello ". Morrison's influence on a younger generation of singer-songwriters is pervasive.
The list of such singer-songwriters influenced by Morrison includes Irish singer Damien Ricewho has been described as on his way to becoming the "natural heir to Van Morrison";  Ray Lamontagne ;  James Morrison ;   Paolo Nutini ;  Eric Lindell  David Gray and Ed Sheeran  are also several of the younger artists influenced by Morrison.
Glen Hansard of the Irish rock band the Frames who lists Van Morrison as being part of his holy trinity with Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen commonly covers his songs in concert. Morrison has typically been supportive of other artists, often willingly sharing the stage with them during his concerts. Morrison was the first living inductee not to attend his own ceremony  — Robbie Robertson from the Band accepted the award on his behalf.
Ray Charles presented the award, following a performance during which the pair performed Morrison's " Crazy Love " from the album, Moondance. Morrison received two civil awards in he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to music,  and was also recognized with an award from the French government which made him an Officier de l' Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Morrison has been announced as of the honorees listed in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In Augustit was announced that Morrison would receive the Freedom of Belfastthe highest honour the city can bestow. After receiving the award, he performed a free concert for residents who won tickets from a lottery system. It is a self-guided trail, which over the course of 3. Morrison was chosen to be honoured by Michael Dorf at his annual charity concert at Carnegie Hall.
Morrison lived in Belfast from birth untilwhen he moved to London with the rock group Them. Facing deportation due to visa problems, he managed to stay in the US when his American girlfriend Janet Planet Rigsbee, who had a son named Peter from a previous relationship,  agreed to marry him. The couple had one daughter inShana Morrisonwho has become a singer-songwriter. His wife appeared on the cover of the album Tupelo Honey.
They divorced in The case was taken to court inwith the initial rulings going against Morrison. Morrison met Irish socialite Michelle Rocca in the summer ofand they often featured in the Dublin gossip columns, an unusual event for the reclusive Morrison. Rocca also appeared on one of his album covers, Days Like This.
In DecemberMorrison's tour manager Gigi Lee gave birth to a son, who she asserted was Morrison's and named after him. Lee announced the birth of the child on Morrison's official website but Morrison denied paternity. Lee's son died in January from complications of diabetes and Lee died soon after from throat cancer in October Morrison's father died inand his mother Violet died in Morrison and his family have been affiliated with St Donard's Parish Church, an Anglican congregation of the Church of Ireland located in east Belfast.
Ron Hubbard in one of his songs. Later, he became wary of religion, saying: "I wouldn't touch it with a foot pole. But it generally means an organisation, so I don't really like to use the word, because that's what it really means.
It really means this church or that church Morrison left Northern Ireland before The Troubles started and distanced himself from the conflict, although later "yearned for" Protestant and Catholic reconciliation. I don't think I want to go back to Belfast. I don't miss it with all the prejudice around.
We're all the same and I think it's terrible what's happening. But I'd like to get a house in Ireland I'd like to spend a few months there every year. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Northern Irish musician. Vocals guitar harmonica saxophone keyboards drums tambourine ukulele. Decca Bang Warner Bros.
Musical artist. Main article: Them band. Morrison's garage rock classic was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in As described by Paul Williams : "Van Morrison's voice a fierce beacon in the darkness, the lighthouse at the end of the world. Resulting in one of the most perfect rock anthems known to humankind. Brown Eyed Girl. Morrison's classic hit single which appeared on the album Blowin' Your Mind! Init was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Main article: Astral Weeks. Astral Weeks.
The title song featuring the opening lines of the album: "If I ventured in the slipstream between the viaducts of your dream". Morrison sings the opening lines in falsetto and synthesisers mimic the sounds of the short wave radio stations that he listened to as a boy.
Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl. The titled song, "Astral Weeks I Believe I've Transcended " with the opening lines: "If I ventured in the slipstream between the viaducts of your dream" shows "a deeper, louder roar than the blue-eyed soul voice of his youth — softer on the diction — but none the less impressively powerful. Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Van Morrison.
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The album entered the UK album chart at no. Rolling Stone magazine 25 Junep. Although Lennox's profile decreased for a period because of her desire to bring up her two children outside of the media's glare, she continued to record. Her second album, Medusawas released in March It consisted solely of cover songsall originally recorded by male artists including Bob MarleyThe Clashand Neil Young. It entered the UK album chart at No. Managed by Simon Fuller since the beginning of her solo career, he said that Lennox played an important but unheralded role in the success of the Spice Girlsencouraging the group to "ham up" their characters, which helped them top the charts around the world.
Infollowing the death of a mutual friend former Tourists member Peet Coombesshe re-united with Dave Stewart. This resulted in the album Peace. The title was designed to reflect the duo's ongoing concern with global conflict and world peace. The record was promoted with a concert on the Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior II, where they played a mixture of old and new songs.
InLennox released her third solo album, Bare. The album peaked at No. Lennox performed the song live at the 76th Academy Awards. The song also won a Grammy award and a Golden Globe award. She had previously recorded "Use Well the Days" for the movie, which incorporates a number of quotations from Tolkien in its lyrics. In mid, Lennox embarked on an extensive North American tour with Sting. InLennox and Stewart collaborated on two new songs for their Eurythmics compilation album, Ultimate Collectionof which " I've Got a Life " was released as a single in October The promotional video for the song features Lennox and Stewart performing in the present day, with images of past Eurythmics videos playing on television screens behind them.
It peaked at No. If she achieves that, she says, "I can feel proud of [it], no matter if it sells ten copies or 50 million. It's fraught, it's turbulent. Most people's lives are underscored with dramas of all kinds: there's ups, there's downs — the flickering candle. A lot of people are in pain. The album's first single was " Dark Road ", released on 24 September Initially intended for release in Septemberthe release date was pushed back several months to allow Lennox to recuperate from a back injury.
Included on the track listing are songs from her four solo albums, one from the Bram Stoker's Dracula soundtrack, and two new songs. One of these is a cover of Ash's single, " Shining Light ". The other is a cover of a song by the English band Keaneoriginally the B-side of their first single in A limited 3-disc edition of the album included a DVD compilation featuring most of Lennox's solo videos sinceand also featured a second CD of rarer songs including a version of R.
Lennox stated that while on a trip to South Africa in December to appear at the campaign in Johannesburg, the regional company office of the label failed to return phone calls and e-mails she made to them for three weeks, and had completely failed to promote the Sing project as planned.
However, the debacle partly inflamed when Lennox's dissatisfaction with the South African office was made public on her blog led to press reports falsely stating that she was being dropped by Sony BMG. The record company themselves quickly refuted the rumour stating that Lennox's contract with them had merely been fulfilled and that they hoped she would consider remaining with them. The British tabloid, Daily Mirrorsubsequently printed a retraction of its story about her being dropped by the label.
The album is a collection of Lennox's interpretations of traditional festive songs such as " Silent Night " and " The First Noel ", along with one new composition, " Universal Child ", which was released as a download-only single on 13 October Lennox also performed the track on the UK chat show Loose Women in Decemberand was also interviewed.
In OctoberLennox released her sixth solo album, Nostalgia. In MayLennox released Lepidopteracontaining four extemporized piano songs. It is Lennox's first independently distributed record. Lennox appeared on stage at the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Concert and commenced activist work with the Sing Foundation afterwards.
A video was also produced. Lennox was a signatory to the "No war on Iraq" campaign started in her album "Songs of Mass Destruction" and her rendition of "Dark Road" were deeply critical of the war. In conversation with Melvyn Bragg inshe expressed her anger at how the UK was misled over Iraq's alleged 'weapons of mass destruction'. After being forced to pull out of performing at Live Aid held at Wembley Stadium in due to a serious throat infection, Lennox appeared at Live 8 held in Hyde Park, London in On 11 Decembershe performed in the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway together with a variety of artists, which was broadcast to over countries.
She said that the Pope's denunciation of condoms on his recent tour of Africa had caused "tremendous harm" and she criticised the Roman Catholic Church for causing widespread confusion on the continent. Lennox also condemned the media's obsession with "celebrity culture" for keeping the AIDS pandemic off the front page. She is a true friend of Africa and of South Africa. Her Aids activism in general, and support for the treatment action campaign in-particular, contributed significantly to turning the pandemic around in our country.
Lennox also works with other organisations such as Oxfam, Amnesty International and the British Red Cross in regard to the issue. In NovemberLennox received the Music Industry Trusts Award for her career achievements in music and her charity commitments.
An example of a brilliant talent that exudes excellence and influence on everyone. InLennox attended, performed at and hosted several charitable events including: the 50th Amnesty International Annual Conference where she was a guest speaker, Elton John and David Furnish's at home Gala in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation where she performed, held a screening of He Named Me Malalaand hosted a Mothers2mothers 15th Anniversary gala.
Known for her androgynous look in the s—first widely seen in the music video for " Sweet Dreams Are Made of This " where she had close-cropped, orange-coloured hair, and wore a man's suit brandishing a cane, a video which made her a household name—Lennox was viewed as the female version of Boy Georgeand during the Second British Invasion spurred by MTV, Newsweek magazine ran an issue which featured Lennox and Boy George on the cover of its 23 January edition with the caption Britain Rocks America — Again.
In conjunction with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Lennox put many items from her collection—costumes, accessories, photographs, awards, ephemera from her political campaigns, and personal belongings—on display. This collection, which spanned her entire career, along with music videos and interviews, became The House of Annie Lennox at the institution from 15 September to 26 February Lennox's extraordinary image was at odds with her female contemporaries".
Both as part of Eurythmics and in her solo career, Lennox has made over 60 music promo videos. The Eurythmics album Savage and her solo album Diva were both accompanied by video albums, both directed by Sophie Muller. Lennox has been married three times. A son, Daniel, was stillborn in While fundraising, Lennox met Dr. Besser had divorce proceedings brought against him after his relationship with Lennox became public.
Her maternal grandmother, Dora Paton, was a dairy maid at the Balmoral Royal Estate and her maternal grandfather, William Ferguson, was a gamekeeper also at Balmoral. Both of Lennox's parents died of cancer. Lennox has received a variety of major awards during her career: .
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Scottish singer-songwriter. Lennox performing live in Vienna Singer Chancellor for GCU songwriter activist humanitarian ambassador. The Catch The Tourists Eurythmics. Musical artist. Main article: Diva Annie Lennox album. Main article: Bare Annie Lennox album. Main article: Songs of Mass Destruction. Main article: The Annie Lennox Collection. Main article: A Christmas Cornucopia.
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