Morris E. Day (born December 13, 1956) is an American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer of The Time.
Morris Day is best known as the lead singer of The Time, a group associated with Prince. Day and Prince attended the same high school in Minneapolis and in 1974, as teenagers, became bandmates in the band Grand Central.
In addition to his roles in Purple Rain (1984) and Graffiti Bridge (1990), Day also appeared in small parts in films such as Richard Pryor’s Moving (1988) and the Andrew Dice Clay film The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990). Day’s presence on the screen decreased until, in 2001, he returned to film in Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, performing “Jungle Love” with The Time after being introduced emphatically by Jason Mewes’ character as “Morris Day and The Time!” and dancing with the movie’s stars in the film’s coda.
Day also appeared on the small screen in 1990 when he portrayed the character Lamarr on ABC’s short-lived sitcom New Attitude. He guest-starred on the sitcom Eve as a pimp who wanted Eve’s fashion boutique to design a flamboyant suit to match his witty personality, and appeared as himself in an episode on the series Moesha, attempting to file a lawsuit against Moesha’s ex-boyfriend Q, who used a sample from “The Oak Tree” without permission. He also appeared on 227 in the 80s.
He appeared opposite James Avery and Matthew Stewart in a pilot called Heart & Soul produced by Quincy Jones. In 2018, Will Smith revealed that he auditioned on the spot for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with a script for a “failed Morris Day pilot” that Jones handed to him.
Morris announced on September 13, 2022 that he will be retiring after his 2023 tour.