13 Oct 2011
- Written by Myron Mays
OK, so I got your question: “Is there a connection between Morris Day and The Time and The Original 7Ven?
Absolutely! They are one and the same.
Recently, The Time changed their name. Here’s what’s amazing. As of the typing of this column, I have yet to track down a reason for the switch, change, evolution, or whatever. But I guess what’s really important is that they are releasing new music next week.
Even though I’m not sure why they would change their name, I do know why they are the “Original 7ven.” The name is in reference to the seven original members of The Time –Morris Day, Jerome Benton, Jellybean Johnson, Monte Moir, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Jessie Johnson.
Releasing four Top 10 albums under The Time, the group brought us 11 hit singles, a number of them hitting the Billboard’s Hot 100. And many of them have had us doing some of the craziest dances ever known to popular culture. Remember the Walk? Remember the Bird? Or the Oak Tree? I do! I even like the dance he’d do while performing “Jungle Love,” you know the one that only Morris Day does. Then there’s that slide! (lol)
Not only has the group released some good fun music, if there was ever an artist who had some swagger, it was Morris Day. I actually wanted a perm back in 1984 during “Purple Rain.” And he was actually the perfect nemesis for Prince’s character, “The Kid.”
Perhaps, there will be a dance song on the new album, “Condensate,” which will be released on October 18th. The first single – “#trending” – has already been released.
And perhaps we will soon get the “real” back story on the name change. For some reason, I’m thinking that Prince has something to do with it.
First Annual Steppers Competition
Raffine Entertainment presents “The First Annual Steppers Competition” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 11 at Fitzgerald’s Casino, 711 Lucky Lane in Robinsonville, Ms!
COME GET YO’ STEP ON while watching some of the “Stepping Magnets” from across the Nation compete for a $3,000 pot! And if you don’t Step....the after-after party is most definitely gonna be your FLAVA....Dancin’ and a whole lot of it! There is a $40 entry fee. Go to events.raffineentertainment.com for more information.
Patti Labelle at the Orpheum!
Don’t know if you have heard the word, but Ms. Patti has actually named a successor! Yep, after raving about her singing skills, she called Ledisi, “The New Her.”
So, how lucky are we in Memphis? We’re getting Ledisi and Patti Labelle both in concert within 60 days. That’s two separate shows.
I’m sure by now you know about the Ledisi show that will be here on Oct. 29, but now Ms. Patti will also be in town on Dec. 9 at the Orpheum. There are even VIP packages available that include seats, a book, and a parking pass. Get more information at www.cdfmemphjis.org.
2nd Annual Red White & Blues
Bluesman Bobby Rush presents his 2nd Annual Red White & Blues Jam at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park on Oct. 22. Each year, Rush performs a big show in honor of our veterans and troops. Veterans will receive two free tickets through select VA hospitals in Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Kentucky. Entertainment starts at 3 p.m. and the concert starts at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.bobbyrush.com.
Whats Happening Myron Magazine: This week!
Back in 1983, she hit the scene in the hit stage play, “DreamGirls” and I got the chance to catch up with her to see what she is up these days. Also this week: “Real Housewife” Kandi Burress gets her own show, attorney Pamela Williams Kelly talks about fashion law trends and find out the Top 5 lies that men tell! Visit www.whatshappeningmyron.com.