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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. ~ Jason Ankeny
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Please Don´t Talk About Me / I Pray For You (Single)

1. Please Don´t Talk About Me

2. I Pray For You

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Track List: Cherry Home / The Hop (Single)

1. Cherry Home

2. The Hop

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Track List: Sunday Morning

2. Fat Man

3. In My Heart

4. Guns Fever

5. Tougher Than Tough

7. Sunday Monday

8. The Hop

9. Cherry Home

10. In My Heart

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Track List: Derrick Morgan Playlist

1. Rough Rider

2. Rasta Don't Fear

3. Carry Go Bring Home

4. Train To Skaville

5. I Shall Not Remove

6. Black Head Chiney

7. Humpty Dumpty

8. 007

9. Blazing Fire

10. Tell Me Darling

11. Easy Snapping

12. They Got To Come

13. Be Still

14. At The Party

15. Joybells

16. Great Musical Battle

17. Seven Letters

18. Don't Call Me Daddy

19. I Do

20. Simmer Down

21. Put It On

22. Do It To Me Baby (Feat. Groovers)

23. We Will Be Lovers

24. I'm Leaving

25. Good Luck Young Lovers (Feat. Hortense Ellis)

26. Via Con Dios

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Track List: Reggae Derrick Morgan

1. Do It To Me Baby

2. Don't Call Me Daddy

3. Rasta Don't Fear

4. Black Head Chiney

5. Blazing Fire

6. Rough Rider

7. Great Musical Battle

8. Seven Letters

9. Carry Go Bring Home

10. Train To Skaville

11. Joybells

12. At The Party

13. I Do

14. They Got To Come

15. We Will Be Lovers

16. Humpty Dumpty

17. Put It On

18. I'm Leaving

19. Be Still

20. I Shall Not Remove

21. Simmer Down

22. Easy Snapping

23. Good Luck Young Lovers

24. Via Con Dios

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Track List: Head 2 Head

1. Train To Skaville

2. Music Fields

3. 007

4. Get In The Groove

5. Easy Snapping

6. Musical Train

7. Carry Go Bring Home

8. Get On The Ball

9. I Shall Not Remove

10. If I Did Know

11. Rough Rider

12. Dance Up The Reggae Music

13. Great Musical

14. I Am A Winner (Original)

15. Blazing Fire

16. Warming Up The Scene Girl

17. Put It On

18. A Golden Festival

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Track List: Sound Box Essentials Platinum Edition

1. Train to Skaville

2. Musical Battle

3. 007

4. Don't Call Me Daddy

5. Seven Letters

6. Tell Me Darling

7. Rough Rider

8. Black Head Chiney

9. Easy Snapping

10. Be Still

11. We Will Be Lovers

12. Simmer Down

13. I Shall Not Remove

14. I Do

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Track List: Derrick Morgan Anthology

1. Do It To Me Baby

2. Don't Call Me Daddy

3. Rasta Don't Fear

4. Black Head Chiney

5. Blazing Fire

6. Rough Rider

7. Great Musical Battle

8. Seven Letters

9. Carry Go Bring Home

10. Train To Skaville

11. I Do

12. They Got To Come

13. We Will Be Lovers

14. Humpty Dumpty

15. Put It On

16. 007

17. I'm Leaving

18. Be Still

19. I Shall Not Remove

20. Simmer Down

21. Easy Snapping

22. Good Luck Young Lovers

23. Via Con Dios

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Track List: Best Of Derrick Morgan

1. Rough Rider

2. Simmer Down

3. Seven Letters

4. I Do

5. Don't Call Me Daddy

6. 007

7. Carry Go Bring Home

8. Easy Snapping

9. Train To Skaville

10. I Shall Not Remove

11. Great Musical

12. Do It To Me Baby

13. Be Still

14. Humpty Dumpty

15. Put It On

16. Tell Me Darling

17. They Got To Come

18. Good Luck Young Lovers

19. Blazing Fire

20. Black Head Chiney

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Track List: No Dice

1. Conquering Ruler (Alternate Version)

2. I Am The Ruler

3. Want More

4. You Never Miss The Water (Feat. Pauline)

5. Woman A Grumble

6. Do The Beng Beng

7. Kill Me Dead

8. No Dice

9. Greedy Girl

10. I Mean It

11. Real Ring Ding

12. Happy Independence

13. Want More (Version 2)

14. I Wish I Were An Apple (A.K.A. Dear Lover Rock Steady Version)

15. Got You On My Mind

16. Conquering Ruler

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Track List: Ska, Vol. 1

1. Greatest Thing (I'm a Blackhead Again)

2. Ain't That a Shame

3. I Wish I Were an Apple (Ska Version)

4. Cherry Home

5. Joybells (Version 1)

6. Let the Good Times Roll

7. National Dance

8. Going Down to Canaan (Version 1)

9. Celebration Jamaica (Gather Together Now)

10. Softhand

11. Let Me Go

12. I'm Indebted (Loving Baby)

13. Please Don't Talk About Me

14. Oh Shirley

15. Wallflower (Two of a Kind)

16. Little Black Girl * (Little Brown Girl)

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Track List: Best Of The early Years 1960-'69

Disc 1

1. Fat Man (1960 version)

3. Teach Me Baby

4. The Hop

5. See And Blind

6. Forward March

8. Be still (1962 version)

10. Blazing Fire

11. No Raise, No Praise

12. Look Before You Leap

13. I Found A Queen

15. Street Girl

16. I Am A Blackhead Again

17. Starvation

19. Around The Corner

21. Don't Call Me daddy

22. My Lover Has Left Me

23. It's Alright

24. I Want To Go Home

25. Tougher Than Tough (Rudie In Court)

26. Greedy Gal

27. Kill Me Dead

Disc 2

1. No Dice

2. I Mean It

3. Do the Beng Beng

6. Got You On My Mind

7. Real Ring Ding

8. Horse Dead, Cow Fat

11. I Am The Ruler

12. Conquering Ruler

13. Gimme Back

14. Woman A Grumble

15. Want More

21. What's Your Grouse

23. Be Still (1968 version)

24. Fat Man (1968 version)

25. Hold Your Jack

26. Seven Letters

27. Moon Hop

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Track List: We Will Be Lovers/I'm Leaving (Single)

1. I'm Leaving

2. We Will Be Lovers

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Track List: Time Marches On

2. Fatman

4. I Wish I Were An Apple

5. Love Not To Brag

6. Lover Boy

7. Do The Beng Beng

8. Father Killam

9. Bad Luck On Me

10. Ain't That Crazy

11. Tears On My Pillow

12. Lagga Head

13. Stumbling Block

14. Conquering Ruler

15. Top The Pop

16. What A Bam Bam

17. Searching So Long

18. Reggae Train

19. Rudies Don't Fear

20. I Shot The Deputy

21. Moon Hop (Live)

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Track List: Ska Man Classics

1. The Blazing Fire

2. Blackhead Chinaman

3. Train To Skaville

4. Humpty Dumpty

5. Easy Snapping

6. I Shall Not Remove

7. Money Can't Buy Life

8. Tell Me Darling

9. Carry Go Bring Come

10. Put It On

11. 7

12. Dancing Mood

13. Be Still

14. They Got To Come

15. Simmer Down

16. In My Heart

17. Israelites

18. Leaving Me Standing

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redard2855
You are one of my greatest singer
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One of Jamaica's, greatest
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True???? Blast from the past.... An indo Guyanese . 50's / 60's & the 70's
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this is the rudie era in rock steady a lot of artist in that time sing rudie songs
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Pan am was still flying Clippers. The pace was different and still this music remains bright, relevant and beautiful. The roots are strong and the tree will thrive
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been to Trelawny Police station in 80s meet a couple of aging rude boys
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Pandora, you show the wrong album art on the Now Playing page
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The 1950s and 1960 come rushing forward.


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Him Star-bwai to raas.
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Mr. Morgan is a complete Bad-a**.
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desbernard
Derrick is one of the greatest in original Ska & Reggae
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I prefer Prince over Derrick
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I do not like this artist
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Much respect for this Roots Father
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Good stuff!

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