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Morris Day and The Time On American Bandstand

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Morris Day and The Time on American Bandstand

Morris Day and The Time are just one of the many great artists you’d hear on The Beat Chicago.    They’re also one of the groups you’d hear on our Great Golden Grooves show every Sunday night from 7PM – 10PM where we play classic R&B, soul and the funk!

There’s enough stations playing rock n’ roll classics and the same 80’s songs from Bon Jovi, Journey, John Cougar, Elton John all day long and that’s all cool but, when you want something completely different?  When you want everything from Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Spinners to Stevie B, C+C Music Factory and more of the music that keeps you movin?  We’re it.

See, we’re all about the classics too…. Classic R&B and dance of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, freestyle and more.  For us, it’s not about how old a song is, it’s about how good it is and this is as good as it gets.

The Time got its start in Minneapolis. long before “Purple Rain”. What many people may not know is that the band was originally named “Wars of Armageddon” then “Soul Vaccination” before becoming Flyt Tyme in 1973. The band took that name from Donald Byrd’s song “Flight Time.”

The band would launch massive careers for Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Jesse Johnson, Monte Mohr, What many people may not be aware is that Cynthia Johnson was also part of the band way back then. Who was Cybthia Johnson? She was the voice of Lipps Inc., you know, “Funky Town” and more. When Johnson left the group, Alexander O’Neal took her place. By 1981, O’Neal was replaced by Morris Day as the band’s ‘Cool’ front man.

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis left to pursue their amazing producing careers where they’d produce The S.O.S. Band, Janet Jackson, Herb Alpert and so many more. Morris left for his solo career in 1985 and had hits like “Oak Tree”, “Fishnet” and others.

I was lucky enough to catch “The Minneapolis Revue” back in the day when Prince was on tour with them and Vanity 6. Those were the days my friends… those were the days.

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Source: Sal Amato, WikiPedia


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