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Morris Day And The Time

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Morris Day, the lead man for The Time. Also known as Morris Day and the Time and The Original 7ven and Flyte Tyme, is an American musical group that was created in Minneapolis.

Their work has been a part of the formation of the Minneapolis sound, featuring a mix of soul music and dance music with funk, rock n roll, and more.

While Alexander O’Neal was the original lead singer of the group, differences between he and Prince led to Morris Day taking over as lead singer-songwriter. The band members are known for having been close Prince associates, and are arguably the most successful artists who have worked with him, achieving particular popularity with R&B fans with tracks such as “Jerk Out” and their massive hit “Jungle Love” featured in the Award-winning 1984 movie, “Purple Rain.”

Band members Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are also long-time collaborators with Janet Jackson, producing all of her most successful albums. Jam and Lewis produced The SOS Band, Johnny Gill and many other R&B artists also. Morris Day had R&B hit “Oak Tree” and Jesse Johnson got R&B hit “Be Your Man” in 1985.

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