Personalities | Gregory Isaacs | Eighties | Rock

(Vocals, b. 1951)

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Isaacs is one of the top reggae artists of the last four decades. After a handful of records for smaller labels he started his own African Museum label with fellow singer Errol Dunkley. He also recorded for myriad other producers, and discs with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Sly and Robbie began to make his reputation. He signed to Virgin’s Front Line label and released Cool Ruler in 1978, the title becoming his most common nickname. His unhurried, sweet-toned brand of lover’s rock found favour with the public and 1982’s Night Nurse was a big hit, as was the title track. The mid-1980s proved difficult, but after drug and legal problems, he returned with 1988’s ‘Rumours’, a hi-tech precursor to ragga. In 1989 he teamed up with Dennis Brown, a reggae star of similar stature, for No Contest. Isaacs continues to record.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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