This episode features roots reggae songs from the Gregory Isaacs catalog. I chose to curate his songs about the reality of everyday life and the strife of poor people.
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Gregory Isaacs was born in Jamaica on July 15, 1951. He made his debut in 1968 with a recording for Byron Lee. He then started the African Museum record label and shop along with Errol Dunkley. Isaacs recorded for other producers as well. His single ‘My Only Lover,’ is credited as the first lover’s rock song ever.
He released music throughout the 70s. In 1978 he signed to the Virgin Records offshoot call Frontline records. That led to his appearance in the movie “Rockers.” He also opened a record shop called Cash & Carry in Kingston. He performed yearly at Reggae Sunsplash from 1981 to 1991.
In 1982 he signed to Island Records and released the massive single, “Night Nurse.” Isaacs was only challenged by Dennis Brown and Bob Marley in touring. Gregory recorded and released at least 70 original studio albums. He has over 500 albums including compilations. He maintained an amazing standard of quality in most of his recorded songs.
Gregory Isaacs was nominated for four Grammy Awards, the last of which in 2010 and 2011. One of the things associated with Isaacs was cocaine use. He had many arrests during the years that he battled with addiction.
When you listen to this mix compared to my lover’s rock mix (Episode 116), you can sense a different vibration. Gregory’s passionate lyrical delivery on social issues is very believable. He passed away in 2010 to lung cancer.
I would love to hear what you think about this singer – the musical giant known as “The Cool Ruler.” Comment here, tweet @ReggaeLoverPod, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gregory Isaacs is one of the greatest reggae singers of all times. He’s in my Top 5 along with Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor, and Buju Banton. Many people around the world rate The Cool Ruler as their number 1.
Gregory Isaacs was active from the 60s all the way through the 2000s. There is a great deal of material in his catalog. This mix provides sweet reggae music with a love-related theme. The music can set a relaxing, romantic mood so please listen responsibly.
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Gregory songs about roots and culture are in an upcoming episode. Here The Cool Ruler sings the finest love songs. That’s right, A Mix of Gregory Isaacs LOVERS ROCK Only – Selections of Reggae, rubadub, lovers rock, rocksteady, and dancehall for lovers.
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