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The fantastic and much covered song “Gloria” was written by Van Morrison and first recorded with his band, Them, in 1964. The song not only received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999, but two cover versions, done by Patti Smith and also Shadows of Knight, were included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s list of 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll

Below is the original “Gloria,” the two versions that landed their spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as covers by The Doors, Bruce Springsteen and Jimi Hendrix.

Them "Gloria"
 

The Doors "Gloria" 
 

Patti Smith "Gloria"

Jimi Hendrix "Gloria"  

Shadows of Knight "Gloria" 


Bruce Springsteen "Gloria" 
 

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"Van the Man" went on to a stratospheric solo career with "Brown Eyed Girl" in 1967. "Gloria" was a slack gig for the guitarist (me) as a bunch of underage guys would get drunk, in some basement or garage, and wail (howl) out, "G" "L" "O" "R" "I" "A".....such fun!

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