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]