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The Heart of Rock and Soul

Dave Marsh, 1989

69 GLORIA, Them
Produced by Tommy Scott; written by Van Morrison
Parrot 9727 - 1965
Billboard: #71

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One of the few rock songs that's actually as raunchy as its reputation - unless you think she's going up to his room for a chat. Van Morrison sings "Gloria" in a lustful croak, like a demented, horny frog, but it wouldn't mean much without the wicked guitar, reputedly played by Jimmy Page, which completes an air as exotic as it is erotic. (Appropriately, given what Morrison - and Page for that matter - were to get up to later.) The best truly dirty record ever.
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From "The Heart of Rock and Soul, The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made", by Dave Marsh, 1989.
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