Monday, October 25, 2010

R.I.P. Gregory Isaacs

Gregory Isaacs
(July 15, 1951 – October 25, 2010)

Today we bid farewell to legendary Reggae singer/songwriter Gregory Isaacs. Isaacs was a pioneer of lovers rock with his recording of "My Only Lover", credited as being the first of its kind ever made. This came about after partnering with singer Errol Dunkley to form their own African Museum Records in 1973.

In 1982, Isaacs would go on to score a big hit with "Night Nurse", the title track on Night Nurse released on Island Records. This album would launch Isaacs into gaining a wider audience. Although the song didn't chart, it was a hit amongst DJs on the club scene. The late 80's and 90's would bring more success for Isaacs with recording "King Ruler Come Again" in 1984, Private Beach Party in 1985, and then to release "Rumors", the massive hit from Red Rose For Gregory in 1988, which was followed by further popular singles including "Mind Yu Dis", "Rough Neck", "Too Good To Be True", and "Report to Me".

Gregory Isaacs succumbed to cancer earlier today in his London home. A great voice that will be dearly missed.

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