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Derrick Morgan

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Derrick Morgan is a Jamaican musical artist who was popular in the 1960s and ’70s. He worked with Desmond Dekker, Bob Marley, and Jimmy Cliff in ska, and also performed rocksteady and skinhead reggae. He was born on March 27, 1940, in Stewarton, in the parish of Clarendon. In 1957, Morgan entered the Vere Johns Opportunity Hour, a talent show held at the Palace Theatre in Kingston. He won with rousing impressions of Little Richard and shortly after that was recruited to perform around the island with the popular Jamaican comedy team, Bim and Bam.

In 1959, Morgan entered the recording studio for the first time. Duke Reid, the acclaimed sound system boss, was looking for talent to record for his Treasure Isle label. Derrick Morgan cut two popular shuffle-boogie sides “Lover Boy,” aka “S-Corner Rock,” and “Oh My.” Soon after, Morgan cut the bolero-tinged boogie, “Fat Man,” which also became a hit. He also found time to record for Clement Dodd.

In 1960, Derrick Morgan became the first artist to have spots 1-7 on national pop charts simultaneously, a feat to this day has never been matched. Among those hits were “Don’t Call Me Daddy,” “In My Heart,” “Be Still” and “Meekly Wait and Murmur Not.” But it would be the following year that Morgan would release the biggest hit of his career, the Leslie Kong production of “You Don’t Know,” later re-titled, “Housewives’ Choice” by a local deejay. The song featured a bouncing ska along with a duet sung by Morgan and Millicent “Patsy” Todd. “Housewives’ Choice,” also began the legendary rivalry between Morgan and Prince Buster, who accused Morgan of stealing his ideas.

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