Morris Day: Always On Time
When you hear the words “Morris Day & The Time”, many of us get transported back in time to the 1980’s where you hear the flamboyant singer Morris Day singing hits like, The Bird, COOL, Gigolo’s Get Lonely Too, and Fishnet.
Lead singer, Morris Day has been singing and dancing for over 30 years and shows no signs of slowing down. Still on tour going from city to city, Day is on a quest to live healthy and continue to have high energy as he goes into sixties.
Morris, now 59, started out as a drummer. He was a teenager in Minneapolis when he met Andre Cymone, and through Cymone, he collaborated with Prince.
“I played drums all day, every day. I would skip school to do it. … What changed it was meeting guys my age who were just as serious as I was. When Prince came into the equation, that dude was all music.“
It’s not your imagination, Day says: There’s something mysterious and essentially unknowable about Prince, even to his childhood friend.
“He was weird back then too. … He’s an interesting kind of cat.”
In January 2016, Morris Day got a surprise call from Paisley Park: Prince wanted his childhood friend, musical compadre and on-screen rival to come to Minneapolis with his band, the Time, and play a private show.
“It was the first time in a while that we’d had a chance to sit down and chat,” Day tells The Post. “It had been a few years since I’d seen him. I questioned why he was calling me up at the time. In hindsight, it’s almost like he felt something or knew something was up.”
And just like that, in April 2016, Prince was dead.
Prince assembled The Time in 1981, though the group didn’t get its big break until “Jungle Love” and “Purple Rain,” in which Day had a showy role, took off almost simultaneously in 1984.
Day played in “Purple Rain” the role he still performs in life: a steamy, strutting peacock, expensively suited, ultimately benign. He soon went solo, kicking off a complicated three-decade period of breakups and reunions.
“There was too many chiefs,” Day says. “It didn’t used to be that way in the old days, but now that everybody’s gone out and had success individually, it was nightmarish having all those huge egos in the room. We had a lot of good times, don’t get me wrong, but creatively there was a lot of kicking and screaming going on.”
“I still do the dance moves every day,” Day went on to say not only doing the dance moves keep him…