What Time Is It? It’s Time For Morris Day’s Birthday

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(Photo courtesy of last.fm)

(Photo courtesy of last.fm)

Happy Birthday to the one and only [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Morris Day[/lastfm]!!

And to honor him on his big day, Jack FM is making [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Time[/lastfm]‘s “Jungle Love” our Song of the Day!!

Quick, somebody get Mr. Day a mirror.

Under the tutelage of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Prince[/lastfm] and heavily influenced by the sound of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Parliament[/lastfm], The Time came together in Minneapolis in the early ’80s, and it wasn’t long before the pop-funk ensemble made their mark on the music world.

Led by charismatic singer Morris Day, The Time released their self-titled debut album in 1981.  Essentially written, performed and produced by Prince under the pseudonym Jamie Starr, The Time was a big hit on the Billboard R&B Albums chart, where it peaked at #7.  The album also produced three singles: “Get It Up,” “Cool” and “Girl.”

What Time Is It followed in ’82, with Ice Cream Castle coming two years later.  Around the same time as the latter’s release, Morris Day and The Time had a small role in Purple Rain.  Their appearance in the movie catapulted the band into the mainstream and made them household names.  As a result, Ice Cream Castle raced up the charts, climbing to #24 on the Billboard 200.  The singles “Jungle Love” and “The Bird” both peaked within the Top 40 on the Hot 100.

However, by 1985, the band had called it quits.

Five years later, the original members of The Time reunited and released the album Pandemonium.  This time, they were more involved in the album’s production, and the work paid off.  Pandemonium sold over 500,000 copies, and the single “Jerk Out” became The Time’s first #1 hit on the R&B charts.  But the reunion was short-lived, and they disbanded shortly thereafter.

Following their second breakup, The Time came together again in 2008, performing a medley of hits with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Rihanna[/lastfm] at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards.  Four months later, the band enjoyed a successful run of shows at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and have been going strong ever since.

Earlier this year, The Time changed their name to [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Original 7ven[/lastfm], and in October they released the album Condensate.  It debuted at #10 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart, with the first single “#Trendin” becoming a minor hit for the band.

Check out the video for The Time’s hit “The Bird” from the movie Purple Rain.  And for the record, if Jack FM ever has a daughter, we’re naming her Apollonia.

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