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Someone like you... Van Morrison and the fairer sex

Barry Egan looks at the women in the musician's life, from Michelle Rocca to Janet Planet to Gigi and Van's late mother, Violet

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Van Morrison with Michelle Rocca

Van Morrison with Michelle Rocca

Van Morrison with Michelle Rocca

At some point in the mid-1960s, music journalist Pat Egan received a phone call at the offices of New Spotlight magazine in Dublin. At first he thought it was the writers "Sammy Smyth and Donal Corvin winding me up pretending to be Van Morrison".

This time, however, it really was Van. In his gruff speaking manner, he said, "Drop down to the house tonight and have dinner." Pat asked Van to repeat the invitation as he didn't believe it.

"Van had rented a country house near Navan," Pat, who went on to become a famous music promoter, remembers. "I got there about 7pm-ish in my VW Beetle, wearing my coolest leather jacket."