Kent Morrill was an original member of the Wailers. He was the keyboard player and vocalist. He helped form the band along with Rich Dangel, John Greek, Mike Burk and Mark Marush.
Kent was raised in Tacoma, Washington, went to school and jammed in school bands until 1957 when he was invited to attend another jam at McChord Airforce Base near Tacoma at Richard Dangel's house. Most of the music was instrumental until Kent began banging on the piano and broke loose with his rendition of 'Lucille'. Heads swung and jaws dropped. Everyone new right then Kent was 'in the band'. In those early days of rock'n'roll there was no real sound systems, so many times the band had to lower their volume so Kent's powerful voice and his acoustic piano could standout above the music to be heard. There were no electric pianos available until the Wurlitzer people introduced theirs. Kent bought one immediately. But, volume was not as important then as it has become today.
Kent sang with the Wailers until 1969 when the group decided to end their run. After the break-up Kent moved to L. A. to form a singing/writing duo with another member of the Wailers, Ron Gardner. That ended quickly. Kent formed a production group to produce new artists and include his own material in the line-up. He recorded two albums for a since forgotten L. A. label, drifted down to San Diego area and formed a popular singing group/ band performing with them until the late '80's.
After hearing one of Kent's demo tapes in Seattle, Buck Ormsby gave him a call and asked if he'd be interested in recording an album for his production company. It was a bit of nostalgia and a meeting of old friends that they began working on a project together again.
The idea was to present Kent as a solo performer mixing some of his original material with some classic rock'n'Rhthym&Blues material and let him loose with the still powerful voice and energy that Kent does so well. Buck gathered together musicians who he had known for years who knew Kent and the results was 'hard to rock alone',
The album was released on vinyl on the Suspicious Record label in 1987 receiving outstanding reviews. Everybody loved it, still do, and anyone who hears it does. His recognizable voice and performances are amazing. He rocks.
Because of his voice Kent was asked to perform Roy Orbison material in shows in Las Vegas. Several people mistook him for Roy because he not only sang every song beautifully, but could hit every note and nuance that Roy left behind.
Several Wailers' concerts and reunions have since taken place. Kent and the 'boys' have been rockin' again. Once a player, always a player. A new Wailers' album is in the works and Kent's right in there.
All Material Copyright 1987 Suspicious Records A Division of Northwest International Entertainment, Inc. 5503 Roosevelt Way N.E. Seattle WA, 98105-3630 206.524.1020 Fax: 206.524.1020 E-mail: email@example.com
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