Gregory Isaacs

Gregory Isaacs ( born July 15, 1951 in Fletcher 's Land, Kingston, † October 25, 2010 in London) was a Jamaican reggae singer.


In the 1970s he became one of the most prolific and best-known studio artist in Jamaica. He published a series of self-produced singles on his African Museum label, which he founded in 1973 together with Errol Dunkley. Many of his publications reflected the socially and politically " conscious " themes of roots reggae, but Isaacs was equally in the interpretation of mass rather more compatible Lovers Rock home. His successes included the title My Only Lover, Sinner Man and Mr Cop recorded in Lee Perry's Black Ark studio famous. A stage in the 1970s gave rise, in cooperation with Alvin Ranglins Label GG hits like Border and Number One.

Isaacs contract with the major label Iceland Records led to the publication of the albums Night Nurse (1982 ) and Out Deh (1983). After his contract ended, he had to deal with personal problems. He recorded for various producers and eventually developed a strong relationship with Gussie Clarke of the Music Works label. In the 1990s the African Museum label continuously published all the works - both of Isaac and of artists he produced. Even in the new millennium Isaacs was still in the studio and on concert stages active. By 2008 produced album Brand New Me, he reached a nomination for the Grammy Award 2010 in the category Best Reggae Album.

Isaacs had to complain since 2009 health problems that have resulted in the cancellation of a festival appearance in Guadeloupe in the summer of 2010. He remained thereupon for further medical examinations in London. On 25 October 2010 Isaacs died in London of lung cancer.