“The Cool Ruler” departs the SPOTLIGHT
The musical world is in mourning for Gregory Isaacs, ‘the Cool Ruler”, whose melancholy song to the “Night Nurse” remains a perennial favourite, and who died October 24 in London aged 59. Gregory Isaacs was one of the most popular and versatile reggae singers of the late-Seventies, a honey-voiced crooner made famous by the 1982 LP Night Nurse . “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,” Isaacs’ wife Linda said. “He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.”
Here is the most classic performance of the song, Reggae Sunsplash 1983, when Gregory was at the height of his fame and powers.
Over the course of his prolific career Gregory Isaacs released an estimated 500 albums within Jamaica, the UK and the U.S. and collaborated with reggae, dub and dancehall icons like Lee “Scratch” Perry, King Tubby, Sugar Minott, Freddie McGregor, Dennis Brown and Errol Holt. Isaacs recorded his masterpiece Night Nurse at Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Studios in 1982, the year after Marley’s death.
Less remembered was his short cameo role in the famous reggae movie “Rockers” in which he also delivered a live version of his song ‘Slave Master.”
Beloved and memoralized by the Jamaican and global reggae community, the SPOTLIGHT pays tribute to this Reggae Legend. R.I.P.