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The Legend

 Derrick Morgan (born 27 March 1940 in Clarendon) is a Jamaican musical artist popular in the 1960s and 1970s. He worked with Desmond DekkerBob Marley, and Jimmy Cliff in the rhythm and blues and ska genres, and he also performed rocksteady and skinhead reggae. In 1960 Morgan became the only artist ever to fill the places from

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The Inspiration

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

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The Passion

 “Housewives’ Choice” began the rivalry between Morgan and Prince Buster, who accused Morgan of stealing his ideas. Buster quickly released “Blackhead Chiney Man”, chiding Morgan with the sarcastic put-down, “I did not know your parents were from Hong Kong” – a swipe at Kong. Morgan returned with the classic “Blazing Fire”, in which he

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