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Morris Eugene Day Biography: Family, Career, Songs, and Albums

Morris Eugene Day

 

Morris Eugene Day, a multi-talented musician, was born on December 13, 1956, in Springfield, Illinois, to LaVonne Daugherty. However, when he was eight years old, his family relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota. He studied piano and percussion privately there, but his passion was always the drums. Day graduated from North High School in 1974 after attending Bryant Junior High School.

Day was the principal percussionist and composer with Prince’s (Rogers Nelson) first band, the Minneapolis Grand Central Band, from 1973 to 1976; he was two years older than his best friend, who was born on June 7, 1958. Day’s mother was the band’s amateur manager.

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In 1981, Day and Prince formed The Time (Morris Day and the Time/ The Original 7ven), a Minneapolis-based band that played R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, and funk. Garry George “Jellybean” Johnson, Monte Moir, Jesse Woods Johnson, Jerome Benton, James Samuel “Jimmy Jam” Harris III, Terry Steven Lewis, and Paul Joseph Peterson were among the members.

Three years later, in 1984, Day was introduced to a global audience when he co-starred as himself as a bandleader in the musical film Purple Rain. This project coincided with the recording of the album The Oak Tree. It peaked at number three on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart in 1985 and stayed there for 18 weeks.

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Day co-wrote and produced the single “Jungle Love,” which peaked at number 20 and stayed on the charts for 25 weeks. The album The Color of Success peaked at number 15 and stayed on the charts for 17 weeks the following year, 1986, as did The Character, which peaked at number 34 and stayed on the charts for 11 weeks.

Day married Judith Jones, a background vocalist for the legendary baritone Lou Rawls, on June 4, 1986, at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, Nevada. Derran Day, Evan Day, and Tionna Day were their three children.

Day went solo in 1987 and released Daydreaming, which peaked at number 26. “Fishnet,” from the album Daydreaming, reached number one and stayed there for 11 weeks. “Love Is a Game,” another track from the album, peaked at number 71 on R&B in 1988. Day rejoined The Time in 1988, but continued to release solo material, including Are You Ready?, which peaked at number 8 in 1989.

Day released Gimme Whatcha Got (1989), but it only reached number 77 on the R&B chart and stayed there for one week. He returned to the big screen in 1990, playing a supporting role in the action comedy-mystery film The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. The Time split up in 1991.

After 25 years of marriage, Day and Judith Jones divorced in 2011. In 2012, he married Lorena Day. Morris Eugene Day’s vocal style and musical range were influential in the 1980s Midwestern dance scene.

 

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