Chart Position: 10

  • #21 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 100 greatest pop songs
  • #109 on Rolling Stone magazines list of  500 greatest songs
  • BMI has listed this as one of the 100 Songs of the Century
  • Written by Van Morrison
  • Backing vocals: Sweet Inspirations
  • Keyboards; Paul Griffin
  • Guitar: Hugh McCracken, Eric Gale, Al Gorgoni
  • Produced by Bert Berns
  • Recorded in New York City NY
  • Originally titled ‘Brown Skinned Girl’
  • Morrison changed some of the lyrics to ensure the song got U.S. radio play; however the line ‘making love in the green grass’ still got some stations to refuse to play the song
  • Van Morrison is a former member of Them
  • Van Morrison is from Belfast N Ireland
  • Van Morrison disliked being a ‘pop star’ and having to lip synch this song on television; he later steered away from pop music altogether
  • Later recorded by El Chicano (1972), Johny Rivers (1972), Ian Matthews (1976), Jimmy Buffett (1983), Black Sorrows (1984), Wilko Johnson (2003),  Billy Ray Cyrus (2007), Jetsurfers (2003),  Magadod (1995), Everclear (2000),  Reel Big Fish (2009) and many others

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