Off the Clock

Dr. Randall Morgan Sings the Blues

Orthopedist Randall Morgan fronts the R&B band Soul Sensations.

By Ilene Denton May 31, 2017 Published in the May-June 2017 issue of Sarasota Magazine

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An orthopedic surgeon who replaces broken knees and hips by day, Dr. Randall Morgan croons about broken hearts at night as leader of the R&B band Soul Sensations.

A Gary, Indiana, native, Morgan joined Sarasota Orthopedic Associates in 2007 and started Soul Sensations that same year. It’s the continuation of a band called Raven that he led for 29 years in Gary.

Soul Sensations entertains at private parties, at Classic Car Museum dance parties and at charity events such as the after-party for Dick Vitale’s annual V Foundation gala. “We have groupies, different audiences, very multicultural, depending on where we’re playing,” says Morgan. “A lot of my patients come see me perform.”

An uncle who was a high school music teacher introduced Morgan to the clarinet at age 9, the start of a musical journey that took him from singing doo-wop in sixth grade to playing alto sax in his high school to singing with a rock band at Grinnell College and performing with a doo-wop group called Randy and the Surgeons during medical school at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

He comes from a family of music appreciators. “My father, who owned a pharmacy, played the trumpet and had a vintage collection of [Duke] Ellington’s and [Count] Basie’s music,” he says. “Motown was getting started when I finished high school and in the ’50s there was a lot of music going on in Gary.”

Morgan is a longtime Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe board member, and in March he and Soul Sensations donated their talents to a musical fund-raising concert he conceived for WBTT, “The Second Time Around: From the Duke to a Prince.” It was their second such fund raiser for WBTT, and was so popular that a third performance was added.

“After all these years I’m still having fun,” he says

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