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In 1979, following several years of subpar recordings, Van Morrison returned to form with the release of Into the Music, his most passionate and lyrically powerful album in years. When he went on tour to promote the album, the rejuvenated singer brought with him an incredible backing band featuring two guitarists (longtime cohort John Platania and former David Bowie guitarist Herbie Armstrong), keyboardist Pete Wingfield, and the rhythm section of bassist David Hayes and drummer Peter Van Hooke. The horn section boasted jazz icon Mark Isham on trumpet and former James Brown saxman Pee Wee Ellis.
The band allowed Morrison not just to offer the best possible performances of his new material, but to tap deeply into his classics. Watch this performance of Morrison singing two of his greatest compositions, “Into the Mystic” and “Brown Eyed Girl,” on this date in 1979.