|Genres:||Funk R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||funk 80s pop minneapolis funk prince|
|Links:||allmusic bbc music page discogs lyrics viaf wikidata wikipedia worldcat.org|
This Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA-based funk outfit enjoyed a string of inventive hits in the early 80s that, for verve, style, and wit, often matched the output of their mentor Prince. Flamboyant singer Morris Day (Springfield, Illinois, USA) played drums in Princes junior high school band, Grand Central. After several years on the local R&B circuit he hooked up with Prince and the highly popular Minneapolis funk band Flyte Tyme who, after singer Alexander ONeal was deemed surplus to requirements, were renamed the Time. The line-up on 1981s self-titled debut comprised Day (vocals), Jimmy Jam Harris (b. James Harris III, 6 June 1959, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; keyboards), Jellybean Johnson (percussion/drums), Terry Lewis (b. 21 November 1956, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; bass), Jesse Johnson (b. 29 May 1960, Rock Island, Illinois, USA; guitar) and Monte Moir (keyboards). The album, which was produced by Prince under the pseudonym...