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Hall of Fame honour for Van Morrison songwriter Bert Berns

By Staff Reporter

A songwriter who helped launch Van Morrison's music career is to be immortalised when he is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this year.

The late Bert Berns produced the east Belfast blues legend's classic Brown Eyed Girl. The prolific producer and composer also wrote Here Comes the Night, the first US top 40 hit for Van Morrison's old band Them.

He also produced Them's Baby Please Don't Go and wrote hits for The Beatles, Janis Joplin and The McCoys.

He died of heart failure from rheumatic fever in December 1967 aged 38. In the seven years before his death he had a hand in 51 pop hits, including The Isley Brothers' version of Twist and Shout, and The Drifters' Under the Boardwalk.

The ceremony will also feature the induction of Chicago, Steve Miller, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple and rap group NWA on April 8 in Brooklyn, New York.

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