Morrison's first solo release was an album called Blowing Your Mind and 'Brown Eyed Girl' was a track written for that album. The backing singers on the track were The Sweet Inspirations, a much sought after group of girls who sang on recordings by artists such as, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick.
Originally, 'Brown Eyed Girl' was called Brown Skinned Girl. It was written during the so called summer of love in 1967 and was about an inter-racial love affair. The title was changed to make it more acceptable for American radio. Even so, some radio stations banned it because of the line: "making love in the green grass, behind the stadium." The song was reproduced, with that line being replaced by "laughing and a-running, behind the stadium with you."
Brown Eyed Girl was put out as a single in America and peaked at No. 10 on the American chart, Billboard 100. Owing to the terms of the shabby contract, Morrison claims that he never received any royalties from the song that has become known as his signature song. In fact, he was liable for virtually all the recording expenses before some creative accounting left him with no royalty payments.
'The Big Royalty Check' is a song he wrote later, venting his frustration at the situation. Not surprisingly, 'Brown Eyed Girl' is not among Morrison's favourite songs, he reckons he has about 300 songs that are better.
'Brown Eyed Girl' was listed at No. 109 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
In January 2007, 'Brown Eyed Girl' was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, then in 2000, it was listed at No. 21 on MTV's list of Greatest Pop Songs as well as No. 49 on VH1's list of 100 Greatest Rock Songs.