(George Ivan Morrison, OBE
, born 31 August 1945 in Belfast
, Northern Ireland
) is a critically acclaimed singer and songwriter with a reputation for being at once stubborn, idiosyncratic, and sublime. His live performances at their best are seen as transcendental and inspired; while some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks
, and the live album It's Too Late to Stop Now
, are acclaimed as among the greatest ever made.