Common One is the twelfth studio album by Northern Irish singer/songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1980. It's title comes from the 3/4 section of the song "Summertime in England", where Morrison sings the lyrics "Oh, my common one with the coat so old and the light in her head".
One of musics true originals, Van Morrisons unique and inspirational musical legacy, is rooted in postwar Belfast.
Born in 1945 Van heard his Shipyard worker fathers collection of blues, country and gospel early in life. Feeding off musical greats such as Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Muddy Waters, Mahalia Jackson and Leadbelly he was a traveling musician at 13 and singing, playing guitar and sax, in several bands, before forming Them in 1964. Making their name at Belfasts Maritime Club Them soon established Van as a major force in the British R&B scene.
Morrisons matchless vocal and songwriting talents produced instant classics such as the much covered Gloria and Here Comes The Night. Those talents found full astonishing range in Vans solo career. After working with Thems New York producer Bert Berns on beautiful Top 40 pop hit Brown Eyed Girl (1967), Morrison moved to another realm.
With one of the most revered catalogues in music history and his unparalleled talents as composer, singer and performer Morrisons past achievements loom large. But, as throughout his extraordinary career, how that past informs his future achievements and still stirs excitement and keen anticipation.
1. Haunts of Ancient Peace
2. Summertime in England
4. Wild Honey
6. When Heart Is Open