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The 1970s were a pivotal decade for Van Morrison, whose prolific catalog sees seven albums released between 1970 to 1974, including classics like Moondance and Tupelo Honey. In 1973, following the divorce of Morrison’s first wife (and “Brown Eyed Girl”) Janet Rigsbee, Morrison spent an extended period of time in his home country of Ireland, where he focused on the writing and recording of his album Veedon Fleece, which would be released in October 1974. Between these periods, on Feb. 2, 1974, Morrison performed at Bill Graham’s Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. This ice-skating-rink-turned-concert-hall hosted such legendary performances as The Band’s Last Waltz in 1976 and the Sex Pistols’ final show in 1978.
Morrison’s performance at Winterland included just one song from Veedon Fleece, which would be released later that year, and several of his more popular songs at the time, including “Into The Mystic” and “Caravan.” Morrison also gave a rare and touching performance of Dylan’s “Just Like A Woman,” of which he would later release a studio recording on Van Morrison Meets Bob Dylan & John Lee Hooker in 1992. Watch Van Morrison’s 1974 rendition of “Just Like a Woman” below: