The Time

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Tags: funk 80s pop minneapolis funk prince Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s
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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 Prince’s 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 O’Neal was deemed surplus to requirements, were renamed the Time. The line-up on 1981’s 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...

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