- 08 Aug 20
As part of our nightly YouTube series celebrating Van Morrison's 75th birthday, Tim Wheeler performs 'Jackie Wilson Said', and shares his reflections on the legendary artist's music and influence.
Tim Wheeler rose to international attention while still in his teens, as the frontman of alternative rock band Ash – formed in Downpatrick, Co. Down in 1989. He released his acclaimed debut solo album, Lost Domain, in 2014.
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"Van is a brilliant writer, a brilliant singer and a great experimenter. He’s creatively restless and often pulls off things that shouldn’t work on paper. He's had hits in so many different styles because of it. Most of all, you can tell he intensely means what he’s singing about, he really puts his soul into his music.
"‘Jackie Wilson Said’ is a great upbeat pop song that I’ve always loved – so I thought it would be a fun one to try."
Read more in the upcoming Van Morrison Special Issue of Hot Press, and watch Tim Wheeler's performance below:
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Hot Press is also publishing a Van Morrison Special Issue, to coincide with ‘Rave On, Van Morrison’, featuring written contributions from the legendary likes of Sinéad O'Connor, Gary Lightbody, Tim Wheeler, Una Healy and David Keenan – who reflect on Van's music and influence. The issue will also look back at five decades of landmark Hot Press interviews with Van, in which he discusses everything from Ray Charles and his other musical heroes, to the inspiration behind the seminal Astral Weeks. Plus, you can expect exclusive photos from the archives, ten ways Van has changed the world, and much more. This historic publication is set to be a must-have for Van Morrison fans all over the world, and is available to pre-order now.