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Famous men like Van Morrison always wear hats

Updated on July 29, 2012

Men with hats

I don't know if you have noticed but there has been a trend in recent years of hiding male baldness, especially if the man in question is a famous celebrity. I know from personal experience that press photographers and publicists expect men they are photographing to cover up their bald pates and receding hairlines.

I was once in a photoshoot for Wales On Sunday newspaper for an advertising feature about a hotel in Tenby. The photographer insisted that I put my beret on even for a shot in which I was supposedly climbing out of a jacuzzi whilst playing the guitar. That was the photo of me that went out in the paper too!

Some famous men don't need to hide their baldness at all but still use hats and elaborate headgear as a gimmick to draw attention to themselves. Jay Kay of Jamiroquai is a good example of this.

Famous men with hats photos

Jay kay of Jamiroquai. Photo by Richoz
Jay kay of Jamiroquai. Photo by Richoz
Van Morrison photo retouched by Silk Tork
Van Morrison photo retouched by Silk Tork

Van Morrison

Legendary singer-songwriter and musician Van Morrison has become inseperable from a hat of some description for all his public appearances and press photos for the last decade or so.

If you know of a recent album by or press feature about Van the Man without photos of him with a hat on his head please let me know! All the ones I have seen have him with his head covered.

I doubt if it is Van's idea to always do this as he comes over as a very honest man in his rare interviews. It is more likely, I would think, that his management have told him to cover up his baldness when in front of the cameras.

And it is not just the famous musicians and rock stars. Conspiracy theory researcher Bill Ryan of Project Camelot is another man always to be seen with a hat perched on his head and his long hair spilling out around the sides and at the back.

In the very many video presentations in which he is either a speaker or interviewing a featured whistleblower, Bill is always wearing a hat. But is he hiding his baldness? We can only wonder.

I always think it must get very hot under stage spotlights with a hat on your head at all times when performing or in the public eye.

The image that people have of famous stars who wear headgear is with a hat, and they will never know what the star actually looks like without one, but can only imagine.

Men Without Hats on Amazon

Men Without Hats

Many years back the late actor Telly Savalas used to play the part of the TV detective Kojak. He was famous for being bald. It was OK then to expose a bald pate on a famous man.

Yul Brynner was another former actor who was famous not only for his acting but for his bald head. Bald was beautiful in those days, so what has changed?

The Candian synthpop band Men Without Hats, fronted by singer Ivan Doroschuk, celebrated not wearing headgear in their name. They have gone down in pop history for the massive hit they had worldwide with the song The Safety Dance.

The band released the albums, No Hats Beyond This Point, Greatest Hats and My Hats Collection. Without or without hats The Safety Dance is a classic pop song and real favourite of mine.

TIME 10 Questions / TIME Magazine Interviews: Van Morrison


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    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for posting, Sun-Girl!

    • Sun-Girl profile image


      8 years ago from Nigeria

      Great tips which is lovely shared.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Kev!

    • KevCC profile image


      9 years ago

      While I admit to slightly thinning hair, I've always favoured wearing a hat, and rarely venture out without one. I'm still not famous though, maybe I need some talent as well.I recently discovered I'm a closet Steampunk, they favour hats too.

      Thanks for the vid I always loved that song, another very interesting hub.

      Don't get me started on eyebrows.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Great idea, Adele! lol

    • AdeleCosgroveBray profile image

      Adele Cosgrove-Bray 

      9 years ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England.

      Maybe your next Hub should be Men Who Don't Trim Their Eyebrows! *te heheheehe!!!* :)

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I trim my own! Thanks for posting, Micky!

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      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Yep- I'm looking more like Gallagher every day. Meanwhile I pulled a hair out of my eyebrows the other day that was over and inch and a quarter long! Oh well! Thanks!

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I'm not surprised, Ethel! I suppose it comes under suffering for your art! lol

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      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Saw Van the Man in concert a few years ago and he had his hat on all night. He was sure sweating by the end.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Shaz!

    • shazwellyn profile image


      9 years ago from Great Britain

      Hi Sweet Bard... the balder the man the harder his... .....


      Wherever I lay my hat ... that's my home.

      Good hub again Bard x

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      10 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks for posting, CM! Yes, it looks strange to my way of thinking of seeing men indoors in hot environments like under the spotlights whilst performing on stage wearing hats. It can't be to keep their heads warm! lol

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      10 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      I have never understood why people wear hats indoors? It's probably because I went to the kind of school where you had to wear a school hat outside, so have loathed wearing hats ever since!

      Interesting Hub on men and hats, Bard

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      10 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for your posts, Pamela, GL, sabreblade, lorlie and jayjay40! It has just been pointed out to me elsewhere that Johnny Depp is now always seen wearing a hat too!

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      10 years ago from Bristol England

      I think the right hat can look good, but then anything is better than the tragic hair transplant Elton John tried. LOL

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      Laurel Rogers 

      10 years ago from Grizzly Flats, Ca

      Lord, did you take me back, Bard! The Safety Dance was one of the first MTV 'shows' I ever saw.

      Time for some meds and my much needed sleep for the aged.

      See ya!

    • sabrebIade profile image


      10 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Ah for the days when a man wasn't really dressed without a hat!

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      10 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      What a grand hub Bard. I'm in two minds about this one. Hats do have character and demonstrate one's creatively so I like seeing them on public figures and common folk alike; however, bald and balding can be beautiful, even, especially if you have the charisma of Yul Brynner! Fun stuff. Thanks.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      10 years ago from Sunny Florida

      So many men shave their heads that not all want hats. It might depend on how good you think you look bald. Interesting hub.


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