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Reggae Great Gregory Isaacs Dead at Age 59

Posted by Billyjam, October 25, 2010 02:50pm | Post a Comment
Gregory Isaacs "Night Nurse" (live @ Reggae Sunplash, 1983)

Reggae great Gregory Isaacs died earlier today, Monday, October 25th, in his London, England home following a year-long battle with lung cancer. The singer was only 59 years of age. A purveyor of roots Gregory Isaacsreggae and lovers rock, the Jamaican born artist will be best remembered for his song "Night Nurse" taken from the 1982 album of the same name that he recorded at Bob Marley's Tuff Gong studio. Above is a live version of the song by Isaacs with Roots Radics from 1983 at Reggae Sunsplash in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Isaacs, aka the "Cool Ruler" (also the name of the album he released in 1978), was born in 1951 in Kingston, Jamaica and began his reggae recording career while still in his teens. He made his recording debut in 1968 -- a duet with Winston Sinclair titled "Another Heartache." Soon after, he teamed up with two other vocalists in a short lived trio named The Concords. After that he went solo and in 1973 had a hit with the song "My Only Lover." In 1974 he scored a number one hit in Jamaica with the single "Love Is Overdue." This was followed by many other hits and by the end of the 1970s he had become one of the biggest reggae performers in the world, helped in great part by signing to the Virgin Records imprint Front Line Records, and appearing in the film Rockers.

Gregory Isaacs "Cool Down The Pace"

To call Isaacs prolific would be an understatement. He has appeared on over 500 albums with nearly 60 actual Gregory Isaacs full length albums being released over the years up until 2008 on labels such as Island/Mango, Shanachie, Pow Wow, Front Line, RAS, Heartbeat, Greensleeves, and African Museum (the label he set up himself). Rest in peace, Gregory Isaacs. 

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