Van Morrison: “Caravan”

The Hook: Cut live in the studio in just a few takes.

Album: Moondance

Year: 1970

Writer: Van Morrison

Stats: Never released as a single, the song became a staple of progressive FM and Classic Rock radio. The Moondance album peaked at number-29 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

Background: Gary Mallaber — who played on several of Van’s recordings, as well as albums by Steve Miller, Eddie Money and Bruce Springsteen — was the drummer on “Caravan.” He recalls the sessions for the song.

Tie-In: Five years ago today (Thursday), Van Morrison played the first of two shows at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. in which he performed his Astral Weeks album — which came out 15 months before Moondance — in its entirety.

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