by Howard Campbell
SOUTH FLORIDA – As he left the stage to rapturous poker idn play applause on the Coral Springs Heart For The Performing Arts in South Florida final March, Eric “Monty” Morris managed a genial smile.
The singer delivered a efficiency that belied his 80 years and was one of many stars of Reggae Meets Soul, which additionally featured J C Lodge and Russell Thompkins Jr. And The New Stylistics.
That set impressed a number of individuals and in July, Morris and fellow veterans The Tennors, will embark on a mini tour of america, Europe and South America.
The opening date is July 1 in London the place he has by no means carried out. One week later, they’re in Germany.
On August 5, The Tennors and Morris are scheduled to carry out in Los Angeles.
Clive Murphy, founding father of The Tennors (finest identified for Nineteen Sixties classics like Experience yu Donkey and Strain And Slide) organized the reveals. A longtime pal of Morris, he’s pleased to know the ska nice is lastly getting a break.
“I really feel good for him. He was dormant for some years till I introduced him again for Heineken Startime (a preferred Jamaican oldies present) in 1998. From (Reggae Meets Soul) he has generated quite a lot of exercise,” stated Murphy.
Morris, like Murphy, is a longtime South Florida resident. He has lived in america for the reason that Nineteen Seventies and as soon as settled within the San Diego space.
Together with Derrick Morgan and Prince Buster, Morris started his profession earlier than the ska craze of the early Nineteen Sixties. His first hit music, Humpty Dumpty, was launched in 1961, adopted by the ska ditties Sammy Useless Oh, Wings of A Dove and Oil in my Lamp.
His star light as Jamaican music developed into rock regular, though he had an enormous hit in 1968 with Say What You’re Saying, which was later coated by Dennis Brown.
The Tennors — who’re selling Whodunit, their new album — and Eric “Monty” Morris are anticipated to carry out in Mexico on October 28. They’ve separate gigs lined-up for Colombia in November.