OK, so maybe he had a great work ethic and also was very, very clever about working around a bad music contract! Van Morrison has always been one of the greatest songwriters and musicians of our time. But he really outdid himself in 1967. Stuck in a bad contract with a record company, Van Morrison cemented himself as a songwriting legend when he wrote and recorded 30 songs in the span of a single day. They weren't exactly masterpieces, but the recordings satisfied his contractual obligations, and he was able to get out of the contract and go on to make better music on his terms.