Ska Legend Eric “Monty” Morris In New York Sat
The original vocalist for the Skatalites, Eric â€œMontyâ€ Morris had his first major solo hit in 1961 with â€œHumpty Dumptyâ€, 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 â€“ ska.
He followed up with a prolific string of other ska hits â€“ â€œPenny Reelâ€, â€œSammy Deadâ€, â€œSolomon A Gundyâ€, â€œStrongman Sampsonâ€, â€œOil in My Lampâ€, â€œEnna Bellaâ€, â€œMoney Canâ€™t Buy Lifeâ€ â€“ almost too many to list here. He continued to be active through the rocksteady and reggae eras with songs like â€œPlay It Coolâ€, â€œSay What You Sayâ€, and â€œLast Laughâ€. Over the years he worked with some of the biggest producers in Jamaican music â€“ Duke Reid, Leslie Kong, Sonia Pottinger, Clancy Eccles, and Lee â€œScratchâ€ Perry â€“ and duetted with the likes of Derrick Morgan, Patsy, Roy Panton, and Prince Buster.
Despite recording an almost uncountable number of singles, it wasnâ€™t until 2011 that he put out his very first full album, â€œThe Living Legends Collection – Eric Monty Morrisâ€, re-recording many of his old hits.
Montyâ€™s first show in NYC was at the 1964 Worldâ€™s Fair â€“ his visits since then have been very few and far between, and weâ€™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!