Morris Day was born on December 13, 1957, in Springfield, Illinois, U.S. He is a famous actor and composer, known for his band The Time and for appearing in “Purple Rain,” “The Adventures of Ford Fairlane,” and “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.” Today is the birthday of this fantastic and multi-talented artist, and we’re going to help you celebrate him with unique insights into him and his life!
Morris Eugene Day
December 13, 1957
Morris Day was born on December 13, 1957, in Springfield, Illinois. He is a songwriter and a highly talented musician, though he is best known as the charismatic lead singer of The Time.
He was schoolmates with Prince and André Cymone — the trio formed an early band called Grand Central, and then later renamed themselves Champagne. Sometime later, Prince began his solo career but kept Cymone for his backing band. Both began planning another group with a more R&B sound, while Prince would explore other different musical styles. Prince creates a new band called The Time. Day helped Prince write a song called ‘Partyup’ for his album “Dirty Mind,” and Prince would soon return the favor, giving Day the lead singer position for The Time. He suggested guitarist Jesse Johnson, who completed the band’s lineup.
The band’s most important and visible period came in 1984 when Day played Prince’s antagonist in the movie “Purple Rain,” and that established Day’s presence on stage as a playboy. His exaggerated vanity won over thousands of fans, and his personality was further used to comedic effect on his band’s records on the songs ‘Chili Sauce’ and ‘If the Kid Can’t Make You Come’ from the album “Ice Cream Castle.” Day, even in the present, is a popular show attraction, fronting a revamped lineup for The Time. Jerome Benton, his “personal security,” continues to work with him on his shows.
While still a teenager, Day forms his first band with Prince.
He plays Prince's antagonist in the movie "Purple Rain."
Day releases his album "Daydreaming" which reaches number 41 on the Billboard 200 and number seven on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
Day plays Lamarr in the series "New Attitude."
Day collaborates with rapper Big Daddy Kane to release a groovy single titled 'Grown Man.’
Why We Love Morris Day
He genuinely loved Prince
He starts his book by saying that telling his story is telling Prince's story too. That's because he says that until the present, Prince was important in his life, not only as a band partner but as a friend.
He is sincere
He loves Prince, no doubt about it. But he never hid that he thinks Prince is a little selfish. He says that as teenagers, Prince would come over to his house at three in the morning, and after he became who he is, he wouldn't even let him go to his dressing room.
He loves his family
He's a loving man. We can see from his statements and on his Instagram how devoted he is to his family.
5 Surprising Facts
His first impression of Prince
When Day started playing drums in the band with Prince, he thought Prince was a bit showy.
A song named after Day
Hip-hop group Felt had a song named after Day in the album "Felt, Vol. 2: A Tribute to Lisa Bonet."
A strong personality
Both Day and Prince have strong personalities, and when they fought, they almost got into a physical fight.
The only band Prince feared
Despite helping in forming the band, Prince admitted that The Time is the only band that he is afraid of.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Will Smith said he auditioned for "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" with a failed script for what was originally going to be a pilot for a show for Day.
Morris Day FAQs
Is Morris Day Prince's cousin?
They are not related, but they became friends in school.
Who held the mirror for Morris Day?
Jerome Benton snatched a mirror off a bathroom wall and held it up for Day when Day off-handedly said during a rehearsal for someone to grab him a mirror.
Who is Morris Day’s wife?
His wife is Lona Day whom he married in 2012.
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