Van Morrison @ Tanglewood
Tanglewood (297 West St., Lenox, MA 01240)
Grammy-winning songwriter and Rock n Roll Hall of Famer Van Morrison will perform at Tanglewood. Morrison has a wide range of honors to mark his international reach and acclaim — from a knighthood and an OBE to an Ivor Novello and 6 Grammys, and honourary doctorates from Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster, and the French Ordres Des Artes Et Des Lettres.
Born in 1945 Van heard his Shipyard worker father’s collection of blues, country and gospel early in life. Feeding off musical greats such as Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Muddy Waters, Mahalia Jackson and Leadbelly he was a travelling musician at 13 and singing, playing guitar and sax, in several bands, before forming Them in 1964.
Making their name at Belfast’s Maritime Club, Them soon established Van as a major force in the British R&B scene. Morrison’s vocal and songwriting talents produced instant classics such as the much covered ‘Gloria’ and ‘Here Comes The Night.’
Those talents found full range in Van’s solo career. After working with Them’s New York producer Bert Berns on beautiful Top 40 pop hit ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ (1967), Morrison moved to hits that became classics, from Moondance (1970) and the country inflected Tupelo Honey (1971) to his performance among an all-star cast, with Bob Dylan and Muddy Waters, on The Band’s Last Waltz.