Everett Morton (5 April 1950 – 8 October 2021) was a Kittitian-born British drummer and percussionist from Birmingham, England, most notable as the drummer for the early 1980s ska band The Beat. Originally from the West Indies, Morton was known for his distinctive drumming style that included syncopation and polyrhythm in a rock beat. His reggae drumming helped give The Beat their characterful sound.
|Birth name||Everett Matthew Livingstone Morton|
|Born||5 May 1950|
Saint Kitts, West Indies
|Origin||Birmingham, England, U.K.|
|Died||8 October 2021(aged 71)|
|Labels||Independent, London, Arista|
|Associated acts||The Beat, The International Beat, The New English Beat, The New Matics|
After The Beat disbanded, Morton and Saxa formed The International Beat, who were fronted by vocalist Tony Beet. The International Beat continued through the 1990s. Morton reunited with Ranking Roger and they performed as The Beat in the UK, until Ranking Roger's death, in 2019.
Morton died on 8 October 2021, at the age of 71. No cause of death was given.
- The Beat biography Musicianguide.com, Retrieved 16 April 2008
- And The Beat goes on! Katy Lewis, Bbc.co.uk, 31 August 2006, Retrieved 16 April 2008
- "Tribute paid to The Beat drummer Everett Morton who has passed away". Coventryobserver.co.uk. Retrieved 9 October 2021.