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Monday, October 25, 2010

Remembering Gregory 'Cool Ruler' Isaacs...

Today, October 25th, 2010, we have lost anotherReggae legend, Mr. Gregory 'Cool Ruler' Isaacs. The world is in shock and mourning as we werehoping he would recover and overcome his battlewith cancer.  The last reports from the UK, andthe words of Copeland Forbes, Gregory's Manager,gave us reason to believe he should be ok.
Gregory has left us with a catalog of music that are considered classic Reggae which will be playedfor the rest of time.  Songs like "Night Nurse," "Number One" and "Tune In" have always beenfan favourites.  "Rumours," on the Rumours riddimis an absolute classic, as is "Love Overdue" whichwas Gregory's first #1 on the Jamaican charts.  Theyear was 1974, but sounds as sweet as if recorded yesterday!
Some of the producers Gregory has worked with over the years include Gussie Clarke, Lloyd Campbell,Lee 'Scratch' Perry, and Phillip 'Fattis' Burrell toname a few, in addition to Alvin Ranglin who produced"Love Overdue."
Due to Gregory's heavy drug use, it became difficult to understand what he was saying, and didn't speak much.  His music spoke for him.  The opening of Gregory's chune "My Pride Won'tLet Me Tell You" on the Far East riddim says whatI think he would say to us if he could which is:
'my pride won't let me tell you how much I miss
you yeah / but deep down I do...'
Broadcasting at 320kbps, catch a collection ofGregory Isaacs here:
Gregory and L3 Media Groups Natasha Von Castle

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