Derrick Morgan Hits LA Fri June 27

Derrick Morgan LA 2014Skamania Presents: Derrick Morgan, The King of Ska!
with The Delirians, The Champions Inc, The Debonaires, DJ Mila & Arrow Sound
Hosted by MC Junor Francis

Derrick Morgan

A member of the classic first wave of Jamaican ska artists, Derrick Morgan was among the genre’s founding fathers, emerging alongside pioneers including the Skatalites, Laurel Aitken, Prince Buster, and Desmond Dekker. Born in March, 1940, Morgan was raised in the Kingston area, exposed to a variety of musical sources spanning from New Orleans R&B to the choral music of the nearby church where his father served as deacon. At the age of 17, he took top honors at the annual Vere John’s Opportunity talent show, delivering blistering renditions of Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally” and “Jenny Jenny,” and in 1959 teamed with producer Duke Reid to record his debut single “Lover Boy.” Morgan’s follow-up, “Fat Man,” was a smash throughout Jamaica, and he later scored with recordings of “Leave Earth” and “Wigger Wee Shuffle,” both cut with the legendary Clement “Coxsone” Dodd.

By 1960, Morgan was the unrivaled King of Ska — at the peak of his popularity, he was the first and only Jamaican artist to date to hold down the top seven slots on the national pop singles chart during the same week, generating a string of smashes including “Be Still,” “In My Heart,” “Don’t Call Me Daddy,” “Moon Hop,” and “Meekly Wait and Murmur Not.” In 1961, he recorded his biggest hit ever, “Housewives’ Choice,” and a year later — in celebration of Jamaica’s emancipation — he recorded the first independence song, “Forward March.” Morgan and Prince Buster, arguably the two biggest ska performers of the era, became embroiled in a fierce musical feud which quickly spilled over among their respective fans, and as of 1963, disputes between the two camps became so heated that leaders of the newly formed Jamaican government were forced to intervene, calling a cease-fire and bringing the two performers together for publicity photos to bury the hatchet.

In 1966, Morgan issued “Tougher Than Tough,” widely credited as the first record in the rocksteady genre. He continued to innovate in the years to follow — among his most enduring contributions were “Went to the Hop” (the first Jamaican song with an electric bass guitar), “Blazing Fire” (the first song to employ an electric piano), “Love Not to Brag” (the first duet with a female artist, Millicent Patsy Todd) and “Seven Letters” (the first reggae song, produced in collaboration with brother-in-law Bunny Lee). Morgan also produced many of the era’s most notable up-and-comers, among them Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and Garnet Silk. Although he lived in Britain from 1963 onward, Morgan remained a towering figure in Jamaica throughout the remainder of the decade; even after his fame began to slip in the ’70s, he continued recording regularly in the years to follow.

The Delirians

Formed in early 2007 as part of a collaboration between various Los Angeles based musicians from various L.A. based bands. In December of 2007, they took a break to merge with brite spot to form the Brite spot collective, and ended its run with them in june of 2008. They have performed alongside bands such as The Skatalites, SeeSpot, Chris Murray Combo, The Lions and Bad Manners to name a few. The Delirians (formerly The Steadyrock Easygroove council and Brite spot collective) play a blend of reggae, ska, and funky soul to bring you a one of a kind, original yet familiar sound that is altogether fire for your heart, and ice for your soul.

The Debonaires

Spawning out of the depths of the recent Reggae/Soul rebirth , The Debonaires are more than a band, they are an eclectic movement of ENERGY and REBELLIOUSNESS. An evolution has occurred since the collective of musicians came together in Riverside, California circa 1995! Built of a rough & tuff rhythm section, blistering horn section, and the uncompromisingly unique vocalist, KIP W, The Debonaires have respectfully shared the stage with reggae legends such as The Skatalites, Desmond Dekker, Laurel Aitken, Justin Hinds, Rico Rodriguez and the late & beautiful Phyllis Dillon.

To date, they have released three full-length albums, appeared on numerous compilations and have finished two recent national tours. LONGSHOUT IS HERE!!! The Debonaires credit numerous influential players of past times and diverse genres: Miles Davis, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield, Desmond Dekker, Charlie Parker, Herbie Hancock, Jackie Mittoo, Marvin Gaye, The Upsetters, King Tubby, Ernest Ranglin, Steel Pulse, The Meters, Tommy McCook, Don Drummond, Ocean 11, Winston Wright, & all other forms of REBEL MUSIC. Out of respect and appreciation for such individuals, the Debonaires endeavor to produce music of quality and substance, true to its influential origins.

Venue Information:
Los Globos – Indie/Dance
3040 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, California, 90026

Fri, June 27, 2014
Doors open at 8:00 pm
This event is 19 and over

I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.