YOUR NIGHTLY VIDEO: Van Morrison and John Lee Hooker Visit “Gloria”

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By: Greg Mitchell

Many youngsters who consider Van Morrison — on the rare occasions they think of him at all — as just another fat old balding geezer coasting on R&B and country retreads might snap to attention if informed that he not only recorded but actually wrote one of the half-dozen greatest pure rock’ n roll songs of all-time, “Gloria.” More than 40 years after it emerged from his pink Irish skull, it’s still (I’m told) a garage-band favorite, and why not.

Van went on to become one of the most influential writers, singers and performers ever, but here is a tribute to G-L-O-R-I-A.

The first link features Van singing it with one of his great heroes, blues legend John Lee Hooker, in 1989 (they also do it on his fine CD “Too Long in Exile”).

The second goes back to the mid-1960s with Van as a mere lad bursting on the scene with his group, Them. The clip opens with Them singing one of their other hits, “Mystic Eyes,” before leading to “Gloria.” Van the Man!

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Shortly after the launching of the “Colbert Report,” Bill O’Reilly visited Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show.” There he complained (joking?) about the “the French guy” who followed Stewart. Here’s the segment, as a warmup to the main event on Thursday night.

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