b. Richard Edwin Morrissey, 9 May 1940, Horley, Surrey, England, d. 8 November 2000, Deal, Kent, England. A self-taught tenor saxophonist who was also adept on clarinet, flute and soprano saxophone, Morrissey became a professional musician at the end of his teens. In 1960 he played in a band led by pianist Harry South and soon afterwards formed his own quartet with South, bass player Phil Bates and drummer Phil Seamen. He maintained a small band throughout the 60s, playing club engagements in the UK, backing visiting American jazzmen (including Jimmy Witherspoon) and making records.
From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.