Your Dose of Cool: Gregory Isaacs

Gregory Isaacs is the Cool Ruler. He is widely known for his “Lovers Rock” style of reggae, singing songs about women, heartache, and of course, lots of lovers.

Gregory was born in 1951 in Kingston, Jamaica, which was a hotbed of talent for reggae in the 1970s by the time he reached adulthood. He was, and still is, known for his unique voice and catchy melodies. He recorded songs with some of Jamaica’s most well-respected producers, including Lee “Scratch” Perry and Niney the Observer. During his lifetime, he reached international success alongside others like Bob Marley and Dennis Brown. Sadly, Gregory died of lung cancer in 2010, but his musical legacy lives on today, and his music is loved by those who truly appreciate great reggae.

One of his most popular songs is “Night Nurse.”

In 2011, over a dozen modern reggae artists joined together to make a compilation of Gregory Isaacs covers for the album We Remember Gregory Isaacs. The album contains performances by Tarrus Riley, Jah Cure, and Busy Signal, to name a few. The lovely ladies Etana and Alaine put their own spin on Gregory covers as well. Disc two of the album has the same track list, only with saxophone instead of vocals, played by the famous Jamaican saxophonist Dean Fraser who has contributed to hundreds of recordings over the course of his career. The album is certainly a treasure and a wonderful tribute to Gregory.

Check out our selection of Gregory Isaacs albums on Murfie and get some Cool Ruler in your collection!


Kayla Liederbach
@djkaylakush

Kayla manages social media and customer support at Murfie. You can hear her on the radio hosting U DUB, the reggae show, Wednesdays on WSUM. She enjoys hosting the Murfie podcast, cooking, traveling, going to concerts, and snuggling with kittycats.


This Week in Music History (June 26th-July 2nd)

What’s music history got for us this week? Learn up and boogie down!

8277-large6/26- On this day in 1963, John Lennon and Paul McCartney began writing the hit song “She Loves You” after a concert at the Majestic Ballroom in Newcastle upon Tyne. The popular Beatles song is sung from a third party point of view, something has been attributed to Lennon’s songwriting style.

2084-large6/27- Leigh Nash was born on this day in 1976. Nash is founding member of the American pop band Sixpence None the Richer. (Sound familiar? Think  of the song “Kiss Me” back in 1997. Yeah, that band.)

55737-large6/28- On this day in 1968, singer Aretha Franklin was featured on the cover on Time magazine. The issue’s fitting title was “The Sound of Soul“.

129105-large6/29- On this day in 1975, Elton John made surprise appearances at the Days on the Green concert series in Oakland, California, during the encores of both the Doobie Brothers and the Eagles shows.

6/30- Cher43493-large married Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band on this day in 1975, just a few days after her divorce from Sonny Bono was finalized. She filed divorce from Allman only nine days later, but the couple stayed together for a rocky few years.

MI00022975197/1- Dennis Brown, “The Crown Prince of Reggae”, passed away on this day in 1999. Brown was incredibly influential in the reggae and lovers rock scenes, having recorded dozens of albums with Jamaica’s best labels and producers including Studio One, Joe Gibbs, Trojan, and Greensleeves to name a few.

8327-large7/2- And estimated 3 billion people watched the Live 8 concerts that were televised from around the world on this day in 2005. Performers included R.E.M., Jay-Z, Toby Keith, and more, who came together with the goal to make poverty history.

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