The reggae community is mourning over the loss of one of its legends, Gregory Isaacs.
The reggae community is mourning over the loss of one of its legends, Gregory Isaacs, who is best known for his lovers’ rock anthems.
The versatile superstar was recognized by the international masses for his talent and contribution to music for decades, and remains an icon for the genre.
Born on July 15, 1951, in Kingston, Jamaica, Gregory gained appeal and acclaim in the ’70s and ’80s for hits such as "Night Nurse" and "Rumors." Later nicknamed the ‘Cool Ruler’ by his fans, Gregory pioneered his original sound by combining traditional reggae with dance hall. With this combination, he reinvented the genre and expanded its global fan base into what it is today.
"Gregory Isaacs leaves behind an iconic history and catalog that is unparalleled,"
VP Records CEO, Christopher Chin, said. "He devoted his entire life to music and his memory will forever live on with us – through his music and the legacy he leaves behind."
Gregory fought a year-long battle with lung cancer before passing away today at his home in London, at the age of 59.
– ReDonah Anderson