Sunday, April 20, 2014



 "Gloria" is a rock song classic written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and originally recorded by Morrison's band Them in 1964 and released as the B-side of "Baby, Please Don't Go". The song became a garage rock staple and a part of many rock bands' repertoires. It is particularly memorable for its "G–L–O–R–I–A" chorus. It is easy to play, as a simple three-chord song, and thus is popular with those learning to play guitar.It is in OMO the ultimate garage song.

Morrison said that he wrote "Gloria" while he performed with the Monarchs in Germany in the summer of 1963, at just about the time he turned eighteen years old.] He started to perform it at the Maritime Hotel when he returned to Belfast and joined up with the Gamblers to form the band Them. He would ad-lib lyrics as he performed, sometimes stretching the song to fifteen or twenty minutes. After signing a contract with Dick Rowe and Decca, Them went to London for a recording session at Decca Three Studios in West Hampstead on 5 July 1964; "Gloria" was one of the seven songs recorded that day. Besides Morrison, present were Billy Harrison on guitar, Alan Henderson on bass, Ronnie Millings on drums and Patrick John McCauley on keyboards. Rowe brought in session musicians Arthur Greenslade on organ, Jimmy Page on guitar, and Bobby Graham on drums, since he considered the Them members too inexperienced. There remains some dispute about whether Millings and McCauley were miked up, but Alan Henderson contends that Them constituted the first rock group to use two drummers on a recording Gloria was the B-side, when "Baby, Please Don't Go" was released in the U.K. on 6 November 1964. It was re-released in 1973 on the Deram label, but did not chart

The beauty of the original is that Van Morrison needs only to speak-sing, in his Howlin' Wolf growl, "I watch her come up to my house/She knocks upon my door/And then she comes up to my room/I want to say she makes me feel all right/G-L-O-R-I-A!" to convey his teenage lust. The original Latin meaning of the name is not lost on Morrison. Them never varies from the three chords, utilizing only dynamic changes to heighten the tension.

In 1999, "Gloria" by Them received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award. In 2000, "Gloriae" by Them was listed as number 81 on VH1's list of The 100 Greatest Rock Songs of All Time.                 In 2004, "Gloria" by Them was ranked #211 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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02  shadows of knight
03  13th floor elevators
04  los walkers
05  tracers
06  aftermath
07  blues magoos
08  far end
09  hombres
10  human beinz
11  jimi hendrix
12  king beez
13  kontikis
14  oxford 5
15  robb london a7the rogues
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17  sky saxon
18  standells
19  doors
20  gillian row
21  hangmen
22  illusions
23  tangerine zoo
24  yardbirds


john said...

I'm honored to be the first to thank you for the greatest idea this year. All Gloria all the time. I don't want to think how deep this song is in my brain, next to Hey Joe. Thanks so much.

juan manuel muñoz said...

here, in méxico, when something does any great thing, we says, te volaste la barda, it's mean you hit a homerun friend, thanks

Timmy said...

Nice, BUT... You left out some essentials: Patti Smith, Grateful Dead, Big Daddy; to name a few.

24HOURDEJAVU said...

there are so many covers of these song. hard to choose maybe another volume I know that I can fill another Gloria and on Hey Joe I can fill another five

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