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Suffer the Children
by Iron Man, feat. Alfred Morris III, guitar/co-writer
Alfred Morris III (1957 to 2018) was an American 'rock' guitarist, with 'Iron Man'. Alfred Morris was born in Salina, Kansas, USA, on March 9th 1957, the third so named in the family's most recent lineage. After the family had moved to Maryland, he attended Walter Johnson High in Montgomery County, then the Central High school in Capitol Heights, followed by study at Montgomery College. 'Alfred Morris III' (as he would always be known) was a member of some early bands, which included 'Force' and more importantly 'Rat Salad'. In 1988, the latter line-up decided to become a 'Black Sabbath' "covers" band, and changed their name to 'Iron Man'. Although he was the only constant member of the 'doom metal' band, he still went on to gain a measure of fame and respect around the world, if not the same in mainstream success or riches. The band moved on from just being a "covers" project to actually record original material of their own, but one of their most catastrophic events came in 2000 when they embarked on a 20 city US tour, which ended prematurely in Indianapolis after two of their members suddenly quit and they disbanded. However, with the help of Michael Lindenauer as their manager, Morris revived the group in 2004 and, despite more personnel upheavals, managed to ensure they made appearances at a few festivals, followed by a self-produced CD/EP "Submission". In 2007, their first two albums from 1993 and 1994 were re-released, and in 2009 he took yet another new line-up of 'Iron Man' into the studio to record the band's fourth album, "I Have Returned". Following further staff goings-and-comings, the group recorded and released the self-produced "Dominance" EP in early 2011, and in 2013 released what would be their final album, "South of the Earth". Morris was also well-known for his periodic collaborations with many highly respected musicians in the business, appearing as the guitarist on a number of recordings by other artists. Alfred Morris III died from complications of diabetes in Clinton, Maryland, on January 10th 2018, aged 60. He is survived by one daughter (his wife Audrey had pre-deceased him).
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Posted: 19th February 2018
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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