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R.I.P. Gregory Isaacs, Lovers Rock Pioneer

R.I.P. Gregory Isaacs, Lovers Rock Pioneer

Reggae and dancehall legend Gregory Isaacs died this morning at his London home following a lengthy battle with lung cancer. Isaacs was known for having a hand in many of reggae’s most notable moments, including recording "My Only Lover" – widely considered the very first lovers rock song – in 1973. His biggest hit was “Night Nurse,” from his 1982 album of the same name. Over the course of his career, Isaacs – nickname: Cool Ruler -- worked with reggae titans like Lee “Scratch” Perry, Glen Brown and Lloyd Campbell.

 

Isaac’s widow delivered this brief message to fans via NME:

 

"Gregory was well-loved by everyone, his fans and his family, and he worked really hard to make sure he delivered the music they loved and enjoyed."

 

Gregory Isaacs was 59 years old. [NME]

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Au revoir to the king of Lovers Rock

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"calling dr. gregory . . ." r.i.p

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Bwoy we all have to go. But this one is a surprise and a heart felt departure. He lives on "cool ruler"

you will be missed but never fogotten. BiG up sa.

matthew

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