Gregory Isaacs: A Jamaican “Lover’s Rock” and pioneer of Reggae music is dead at 59.

Another Reggae icon passes. The original “Don” in the reggae music industry for decades has succumbed to lung cancer. He will be greatly missed.

Gregory Isaacs, “The Night Nurse”, “Cool Ruler”, has died at 59.  According to BBC News report, Gregory was battling lung cancer, which eventually took his life on Monday morning at his home in London.

The “Cool Ruler” whose 1982 album Night Nurse made him one of the most popular Jamaican reggae exports of the late ’70s and ’80s.

Isaacs scored his first big hit in 1973 “My Only Lover,” followed with ballads like “All I Have Is Love” and “Love Is Overdue.”  It was the 1982 song “Night Nurse” which became an indelible club anthem that made him a true international superstar.

Isaacs silky smooth image helped propelled reggae music all over the world.

Gregory Isaacs was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on July 15, 1951.  He loved listening to American R&B singers such as Sam Cooke and Smokey Robinson on the radio as a child and began making a name for himself as a teenager in the 1960s, performing at talent contests and with other vocalists before going solo in 1970.

Gregory Isaacs (Red Jacket) last performance with The Detour Possé Band @ the Ragga Muffin Festival in Long Beach February 2010

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