Naggo Morris, given name Dolphin George Morris. Born of Vernal Naggo Morris and Ivy Morris on September 30, 1947, in Carron Hall, St. Mary. He moved to Kingston at two weeks old and lived at Chisholm Ave for all his childhood years and into adulthood. He is proud to mention that he attended Miss Allen’s school then Rousssea School at Ricketts Ave, Kingston 13.
His dad was an avid musician/entertainer who at times made folks cried when he played his saxophone, so he fell in love with the entertainment business from observing him. He started out as a dancer with a group called the Coaster with Coupland Forbes, and Lenord Mundy. They worked with Luis Bennett and Ranny Williams on TV shows such as Sounds of the Seventies, Mambo Tam Boo, Ring Ding and Coozie Corner. They also did Christmas Morning shows at Carib Theatre, Regal Magestic Theatre and State Theatre in Kingston, Strand and Palladium Theatre in Montego Bay. Fine start to life in the entertainment business especially working with the great Luis Bennett.
Dancing was not enough for the multi talented Naggo Morris. He moved on to join a singing group called the Morwells, then moved to the Royals with whom they did albums such as, Pick up the Pieces, and Conference Table. He also did some harmony for studio 1 recording studio with a group called the Soul Boys (Barrington Spence and Junior Zun). They did a few songs for Down Beat/ Studio One then moved to Treasure Isle Recording Studio where we worked along side Stranger Cole, Alton Ellis, Slim Smith, The Technique, The Unique and others. He then went on to doing a single called Say You (Adapted) for Prince Toney on the front line recording label. He also did vocals on an album called Rasta Ambassador with U-Roy who DJ.
Some of his major hits were Here I Come with Clappas Record, the renowned Su Su Pan Rasta and Jah guide with Joe Gibbs and of course these were all number one hits on the charts. The riddim for Su Su Pan Rasta was so huge that Prince Far I did a song called Heavy Manners on it and which was a big hit too He also did One Meal on the Joe Gibbs Label. During this time he did backing vocals with Lloyd Parks of We the people band and Rudy Thomas May his soul rest in Peace. Some of his most treasured moments were working alongside Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs and Bob Andy with whom they produce multiple hit songs.
In 1974 he did the hit song Flour Power which was inspired by cases of people being poisoned by flour contaminated with rat poison in Jamaica. This took the entertainment industry by storm and continues to be a well loved song.
Being the very accomplished roots singer he was it was no mistake when the Heptones recruited him to replace Leroy Sibbles after he migrated in 1975. His deep roots style perfectly complimented the Heptones (Earl Morgan, Barry Llewellyn) keen harmony As lead singer for the Heptones they were the first to grace the stages of the first Reggae Sun Splash that came to Jarrett Park Montego bay. It was a real honor for him to be apart of such a momentous event in the history of Jamaican reggae music. They opened the show billed with top artist such as Bob Marley, Ken Booth Alton Ellis and many others. It was the first performance but not the last. They also performed in the 1982 at the Catherine Hall Bob Marley Center.
The Heptones recorded a song for Channel one called, “How Could I Leave” and others but Paulie (owner of channel) died and those songs were not released but played on dub plate. Dennis Brown re-recorded the same song How Could I Leave on the Joe Gibbs label and it became number one. Despite this the Heptones kept going. They did an album called , Better Days for Winston Niney Holliness Boswell then they went to England on tour in 1975. The Heptones toured Europe, Canada and the USA. One of Naggo’s most treasured memory is visiting Scotland and seeing men wearing skirts with their bag pipes a big cultural difference.
He has worked with musicians such as Ansell Collins (key boards), Lloyd Park(Bass), Robbie Shaekespear (Bass), Sly Dunbar(drums), Frankie Bubbler (Organ), Ranchie McLean (guitarist), Ricka Backa (guitarist), Bongo Herman (percussion), Frank Aird aka Blazing Frank (trumpet), Vin Gordon (trombone), Deadly Headley( alto horns),
His new album Everyday Life a Morris Must production will be out soon. The album was arranged by The Heptones, Vivia Morris, Errol Morris and Mitchell Morris. In conjunction with Vivid Promotions and other artist Naggo released the albums, Best of Naggo Morris Vol. I and II, In My House, The Sax in I, and Music Universal.
He gives thanks to Winston Holliness and Larry MacDonald for producing most of his music. Thanks to Earl Morgan and Barry Llewellyn for the opportunity to work with them. A special thank you to Roy Francis from the mixing lab studios.
Naggo Morris continues to perform with the Heptones and to do solo acts.
For Booking and Reservations:
Contact: Vivia Morris
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