Saturday, June 20, 2015

Van the Man: Songwriters Hall of Fame honours Sir Van Morrison

Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician, Sir George Ivan "Van" Morrison, was honoured with the prestigious "Johnny Mercer Award" at the 46th annual gala of the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York on Thursday night.

If you are surprised by the “Sir” preceding the veteran musician’s name, news is, Van Morrison was knighted for services to music in the Birthday Honours list of Britain's Queen Elizabeth just a week earlier.

In the ceremony at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, legendary Grateful Dead guitarist and songwriter Jerry Garcia was honoured posthumously alongside the band's lyricist Robert Hunter. "Hoochie Coochie Man" songwriter Willie Dixon, Cindy Lauper and Lady Gaga were also on the honouree list, among others.

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