Whenever God Shines His Light

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"Whenever God Shines His Light"
Single by Van Morrison and Cliff Richard
from the album Avalon Sunset
A-side "Whenever God Shines His Light"
B-side "I'd Love to Write Another Song"
Released 27 November 1989
Format CD
Recorded 20 February 1989 The Townhouse Studios/England
Genre Pop, gospel
Length 4:58
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Van Morrison
Producer(s) Van Morrison
Van Morrison chronology
"Have I Told You Lately"
"Whenever God Shines His Light"
Cliff Richard chronology
"Lean On You"
"Whenever God Shines His Light"
"Stronger Than That"

"Whenever God Shines His Light" is a song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and released on his 1989 album Avalon Sunset as a duet with Cliff Richard. Although the album was released in June 1989, this song was released as a single in November 1989 for the Christmas sales market. Morrison and Richard performed the duet on the British music chart television show, Top of the Pops. The single charted at #20 on the UK Singles Chart and #3 on the Irish Singles Chart.[1][2][3] Allmusic critic Jason Ankeny describes it as a "standout opener" to Avalon Sunset.[4] Critic Patrick Humphries describes it as "the most manifest example of Morrison's Christian commitment," claiming that although it "is not one of Morrison's most outstanding songs" it works as "a testament of faith."[5]

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  1. ^ Rogan, No Surrender, p.385
  2. ^ "Van Morrison UK Singles chart positions". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  3. ^ "Ireland singles charts". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  4. ^ Ankeny, J. "Avalon Sunset". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  5. ^ Humphries, P. (1997). Van Morrison. Omnibus Press. pp. 88–89. ISBN 0711956006. 
  6. ^ a b c "allmusic: Whenever God Shines His Light". allmusic.com. Archived from the original on 8 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-19. 


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