Derrick Morgan a true pioneer of Jamaican music, has been a top Jamaican recording and performing artist since the late 50s, 60s and ’70s. He has shared the ska spotlight with Desmond Dekker, Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Prince Buster and has also been prominent in both the rocksteady and reggae eras.
In 1959, Morgan entered the recording studio for the first time, recording for Duke Reid the Trojan, and just one year later, in 1960, he created history by becoming the first artist to have the top seven songs on the national pop charts simultaneously, a feat that has never been matched.
Among those hits were Don’t Call Me Daddy, In My Heart, Be Still and Meekly Wait (with Yvonne Harrison).
When Jamaica attained Independence in 1962, Morgan recorded the first Independence song, challengingly titled Forward March which carried a message of national unity.
Despite his blindness, Derrick continues to tour internationally to countries like France, Germany, the UK, Canada, Italy, Africa and the USA and his monumental list of hit songs including I Found A Queen, Housewife’s Choice, The Hop, Sunday Monday, Blazing Fire, Rudies Don’t Fear, Greedy Girl, Miss Lulu and I Want A Girl, continue to be heard on sound systems and radio and played by ska bands all over the world
Derrick Morgan is unquestionably, the King of Ska; and judging by the masterful performance he produced at the Startime last year in Clarendon, where he had patrons dancing throughout his performance; Startime fans are being warned to wear their dancing shoes again, especially when Derrick hits the stage inside the National Arena on Saturday July 8. It will be non-stop dancing !!