Them were a rock group formed in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in April 1964, most prominently known for the rock standard “Gloria” and launching singer Van Morrison‘s musical career. The original five-member band consisted of Morrison, Alan Henderson, Ronnie Milling, Billy Harrison and Eric Wrixon.
Them scored two UK hits in 1965 with “Baby, Please Don’t Go” (UK No. 10) and “Here Comes the Night” (UK No. 2; Ireland No. 2). The latter song and “Mystic Eyes” were top 40 hits in the US.
Morrison quit the band in 1966 and went on to a successful career as a solo artist. Despite their relatively few hit singles, the Belfast group had considerable influence on other bands, such as the Doors.
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There has to be an Abbott and Costello routine here.
Was Van Morrison in a band before going solo?
Yes. He sang with them.
He sang with Yes? Before Jon Anderson?
That was Daltrey.
Anyway I loved Them. My older brother bought Gloria on a 45 and it was played A LOT!