The original vocalist for the Skatalites, Eric “Monty” Morris had his first major solo hit in 1961 with “Humpty Dumpty”, a medley of nursery rhymes that proved immensely popular in Jamaica, and also helped mark a turning point in Jamaican music away from more standard copy-catting of American R&B into something rhythmically unique – ska.
He followed up with a prolific string of other ska hits – “Penny Reel”, “Sammy Dead”, “Solomon A Gundy”, “Strongman Sampson”, “Oil in My Lamp”, “Enna Bella”, “Money Can’t Buy Life” – almost too many to list here. He continued to be active through the rocksteady and reggae eras with songs like “Play It Cool”, “Say What You Say”, and “Last Laugh”. Over the years he worked with some of the biggest producers in Jamaican music – Duke Reid, Leslie Kong, Sonia Pottinger, Clancy Eccles, and Lee “Scratch” Perry – and duetted with the likes of Derrick Morgan, Patsy, Roy Panton, and Prince Buster.
Despite recording an almost uncountable number of singles, it wasn’t until 2011 that he put out his very first full album, “The Living Legends Collection – Eric Monty Morris”, re-recording many of his old hits.
Monty’s first show in NYC was at the 1964 World’s Fair – his visits since then have been very few and far between, and we’ve been waiting for over a decade to see him back in town. This night will be a rare chance to see one of the absolute masters of ska in action.
Saturday, Mar 10, 2012
Dig Deeper presents:
Eric “Monty” Morris & Crazy Baldhead
Dig Deeper DJs Honky & Mr. Robinson, with Deadly Dragon Sound System spin all original Jamaican and soul 45s all night long
21 years and over / 9:30PM Doors
$15 ADV / $20 DOS
The Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Tickets are available here on Ticketweb
Here he is at a gig last year in Germany where you can see just how much energy he still has. Should be a great show for NYC!
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