RIP Gregory Isaacs 15/07/50 – 25/10/10

 Just found out the bad news – reggae legend Gregory Isaacs passed away yesterday following a battle with cancer. For me it was the ‘Sly & Robbie Presents…‘ album that originally impressed on me the offerings of the man. Digging a bit deeper I found him to be one of the most recognisable vocalists in the genre, as he carved out his own niche in a style later to be called ‘lover’s rock’, and credited with bridging the gap between reggae and rock.

via BBC
Reggae star Gregory Isaacs has died at the age of 59 at his London home following a long illness, his manager has confirmed.

The Jamaican singer died on Monday morning surrounded by his family.

His 1982 album Night Nurse, recorded at Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong studio, reached number 32 in the UK.

A cover version of the album’s title track, by Sly and Robbie featuring Simply Red, reached number 13 in the UK in September 1997.

Isaacs, who was diagnosed with lung cancer a year ago, had been travelling around Jamaica before returning home to London this summer to spend time with his wife, Linda, and his family.

“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,” his wife said.

“He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.”

Singer Suggs, speaking at the Q Awards in London, paid tribute to Isaacs, who supported his band Madness in concert.

“He was a great reggae artist and also one of the most sartorially elegant stars on the world stage,” he said.

When it comes to this style of music there’s only one man in London we’re going to turn to – our favorite Greek reggae ambassador (the) Vangelis reppin’ as always Phonica Records. He’s pulled his top 5 iconic Isaacs tune for us, as below.