Van Morrison Net Worth
Van Morrison net worth: Van Morrison is an Irish singer and songwriter who has a net worth of $90 million. Van Morrison was born George Ivan "Van" Morrison on August 31, 1945 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is the only child of George Morrison, a shipyard electrician, and Violet Stitt Morrison, a singer and tap dancer in her youth. Morrison's father had what was at the time one of the largest record collections in Ulster (which he acquired during his sojourn in Detroit, Michigan in the early 1950s), and the young Morrison grew up listening to artists such as Jelly Roll Morton, Ray Charles, Lead Belly, and Solomon Burke. Morrison's father bought him his first acoustic guitar when he was eleven, and he learned to play rudimentary chords from the song book, The Carter Family Style, edited by Alan Lomax. A year later, then twelve year old Morrison formed his first band, The Sputniks, named after the recently launched Soviet satellite, Sputnik 1. Morrison began his professional career in 1960 as a teenager, when he began playing guitar and saxophone with local bands. He catapulted to stardom in the mid-1960s when he became the lead singer of the Irish R&B band, Them. In 1967, he moved to New York after signing with Bang Records. Facing deportation due to visa problems, he managed to stay in the US when his American girlfriend Janet (Planet) Rigsbee agreed to marry him. Once married, Morrison and his wife moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he found work performing in local clubs. The couple had one daughter, Shana Morrison, who has become a singer-songwriter. Morrison and his family moved around America, living in Boston; Woodstock, New York; and a hilltop home in Fairfax, California. They divorced in 1973. He moved back to Europe in the late 70s and met Irish socialite Michelle Rocca in the summer of 1992. The couple are married and have two children; a daughter was born in January 2006 and a son was born in August 2007. Morrison has been a prolific producer over the years. His studio albums include "Astral Weeks" and "Moondance". His live album "It's Too Late to Stop Now" is considered, along with the two studio albums, to be among the greatest albums ever produced and released. Morrison launched his career as a solo vocalist in 1967 with the release of the hit single "Brown Eyed Girl". He has won six Grammys and is an inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.