RIP Ras Denroy Morgan
03/04/2022 by Reggaeville
RIP DENROY MORGAN [MAY 15, 1945 - MARCH 3, 2022]
Sad news reached us today: Legendary Reggae artist Denroy Morgan is dead.
The Morgan Family published the following statement: "It is out of sincere love that we share that our beloved father and patriarch The Honorable Bishop Ras Denroy Morgan has ascended.
Daddy has been our light, our source of love and joy all our lives. Our family thank you in advance for your overwhelming love and support and we ask for your continued prayers as we go through this process.
We also ask that you please respect our privacy during this time of healing.
Thank you! The Morgan Family"
Freddie McGregor: "Another great loss. Please keep the family of brother Denroy Morgan, father of Morgan Heritage group, in your thoughts and prayers. Sit in Power Brother your contributions to our culture, music and community will continue to have impact for generations to come."
Ziggy Marley: "Today I and I uplift and honor the legacy of the majestic Denroy Morgan who transcended the physical plane and is now in his full glory of spiritual energy.
it always hurts when we lose one of our fathers a part of us is also taken away. JAH bless the Morgan family i send my love and condolences."
Hon. Olivia "Babsy" Grange: "My condolences, love and respect to the Morgan Heritage family. To Denroy, my brother, sleep in peace in zion"
Shane Brown (Juke Boxx Jamaica): "Woke up this morning and received a phone call I didn’t want to get from my brothers Lukes Morgan and Peetah Morgan about the passing of their dad and a great legendary human being. It broke my heart but I was reassured and reminded by the Almighty that Sir Denroy Morgan has lived a great and meaningful life and left us such a great legacy including his children Morgan Heritage who I’ve known all my life on a business and personal level. Sir Morgan I salute and honor you and thank you for the great memories you have even me every time I’m in your presence. Nuff love and condolences to your entire family!"
VP Records released the following press release:
Condolences to Family, Friends and Fans of Denroy Morgan
We are saddened by the news of Reggae icon Denroy Morgan's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Morgan family at this time.
Denroy Morgan’s association with the VP Records family began in the late 1990s with the signing of Morgan Heritage, the sibling group which Mr. Morgan managed. Over the years, we have released over 40 albums together and a new release, Denroy Morgan and The Black Eagles "Divine Destiny" is scheduled for release through VPAL Music distribution on April 22, 2022.
His career in music began in the late '60s, playing reggae and rocksteady with a band called the Mad Creators after migrating to New York. By 1974, Morgan had co-founded the Black Eagles Band, whose original line-up released a handful of singles and the album Warning, in 1978.
Morgan's breakthrough came in 1981 with the dancefloor smash "I'll Do Anything for You," an early fusion of R&B, rap, and reggae styles, which earned him a two album deal with RCA Records. A reggae version of the hit was later released as the lead single to his 1998 VP Records album Salvation. Theocracy Reign (2009), and Link Up To Ethiopia (2011) continued the association with the label.
Morgan's legacy may best be cited through the lives and careers of his 30 children, which include the sibling musical groups Morgan Heritage and LMS. whom he managed and performed with for many years. More recently he established his own Abrahamic Covenant Family Ministry, in association with Hilltop Tabernacle in Port Morant, St Thomas. Morgan was 76.
"We've been blessed to have a long business relationship with this one-of-a-kind individual and feel great sadness for the family," said VP Records President Randy Chin "he will be remembered."
IN THE PRESS
Reggae singer Denroy Morgan has died [Jamaica Gleaner]
"Veteran Rastafarian reggae singer, Denroy Morgan, has died. His son, Mojo, confirmed to The Gleaner that the music industry giant passed away on Thursday. He was 76. 'Daddy passed last night surrounded by his wife, children, grand-children and great-grand-children,' a grieving Mojo told The Gleaner."
Reggae veteran Denroy Morgan has died [Jamaica Observer]
"Patriarch of the Morgan Heritage clan, Denroy Morgan, died at home in Atlanta, USA, on Thursday. The veteran singer was 76."
Denroy Morgan, Reggae Veteran And Father Of Morgan Heritage, Dead At 76 [Dancehall Magazine]
"Veteran Reggae singer Denroy Morgan is dead. He passed away last night at home in Lawrenceville, Georgia at age 76 after a battle with cancer. Singer Mojo Morgan confirmed his father’s death to DancehallMag."
Legendary Reggae Veteran Denroy Morgan Has Passed Away [Caribbean National Weekly]
"Veteran reggae singer Denroy Morgan, father of the members of the reggae band, Morgan Heritage has died at the age of 76 after a prolonged battle with cancer."
Reggae singer Denroy Morgan has died [Loop News]
"Reggae singer Denroy Morgan, father of the members of reggae band Morgan Heritage, died on March 3rd after a long battle with cancer. He passed away quietly last night at his Lawrenceville, Georgia home in the company of his children, and extended family. He has 104 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren."
Watch below the recent video premiere for Slavery Offenses, the first single for the upcoming Denroy Morgan and The Black Eagles Album Divine Destiny