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Sir Van Morrison — that’s what the blue-eyed soul singer from Belfast, Northern Ireland, is known as in the U.K., where in 2016 he was knighted by the Prince of Wales. Born on this day in 1945, his path to musical fame started as the lead singer for Them (or “Les Them” as they are called in this 1964 video of “Gloria”). Of course, he went on to superstardom with such classics as “Moondance,” “Wavelength” and “Brown Eyed Girl” (seen here in a 1967 clip).