Jamaican Reggae Singer Gregory Isaacs Dead At 59


CaribWorldNews, LONDON, England, Mon. Oct. 25, 2010: Jamaican reggae legend Gregory Isaacs, aka `The Cool Ruler,` is no more.

The singer, who gave the world hits like `Night Nurse` and `Sad To Know (You`re Leaving,`) has left this world at the age of 59.

The Kingston, Jamaica-born singer reportedly died earlier today at his home in London after battling lung cancer. BBC Caribbean news reports indicate that Isaacs` cancer had spread in recent months.

Isaacs first recorded in 1968 on `Another Heartache` and by 1973, had a hit with `My Only Lover.` In the next five years, the singer attained a wealth of favorites crossing from ballads to uptempos including `All I Have Is Love,` `Lonely Soldier,` and `Black a Kill Black.`

In 1974, he did it again with the number one track `Love Is Overdue.` He was signed by Front Line Records in 1978 and delivered the albums `Cool Ruler` and `Soon Forward.` Isaacs also appeared in the film Rockers, in which he performed `Slavemaster.`

In 1981, he made his first appearance at the Reggae Sunsplash festival and he moved on to the Charisma Records offshoot Pre, who released his `The Lonely Lover` and `More Gregory` albums along with a string of increasingly successful singles including `Tune In,` `Permanent Lover,` `Wailing Rudy` and `Tribute to Waddy.`

He then moved on to Island Records where he delivered the ever popular, `Night Nurse.` He battled a drug addiction for many years and almost fell silent. But in 2007 he collaborated with the Spanish rap group Flowklorikos album Donde Duele Inspira.

In 2008, after some 40 years as a recording artist, Isaacs released a new studio album `Brand New Me,` which has now become his last. 

Isaacs is survived by a wife and children.

Carlyle McKetty, President of the Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music, this morning offered condolences to the family, friends and fans of Gregory Isaacs and said he joins them in mourning Issacs loss.

`With Gregory`s enormous contribution to the creation, development, promotion and presentation of reggae music, the loss is of paramount significance to CPR as we prepare for a salute to the foundation of reggae music, this weekend at Reggae Culture Salute 2010,` said McKetty.

`Gregory`s life span parallels the evolution of reggae music and his contribution to the genre throughout his earthly sojourn is immeasurable. The Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music will honor Gregory`s contribution by continuing to work towards raising the profile of the purveyors of reggae music, past and present and by codifying, curating and sharing information about his contributions and those of other contributors to this music. We implore everyone to join us in this mission by doing their part in assuring Gregory his proper place in reggae history.`


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