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Gregory Isaacs

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Biography

Gregory Anthony Isaacs ⋆15 July 1951 in Kingston, Jamaica, ₫ 25 Oct 2010 in London, UK, was a Jamaican singer and songwriter. He recorded an enormous amount of songs in the genres (regular) reggae, lovers rock, roots reggae. His nickname was the Cool Ruler. By the late 1970s, Isaacs was one of the biggest reggae performers, regularly touring the US and the UK. Well-known songs are Night Nurse, Mr Cop, My Only Lover, Tune In, and Love Is Overdue. He became an international star 1978 after signed to Virgin Record's Front Line, and appeared in the movie Rockers with the song Slave Master. The two Front Line albums Cool Ruler and Soon Forward did, however, not sell as good as expected from someone regarded to be the third or fourth reggae artist in the world after Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, and maybe Jacob Miller (singer in the band Inner Circle). Drug problems with cocaine and crack cocaine in the early 80s decelerated Isaacs carrier substantially, but not completely. He released 73 studio albums with original material, and over 500 compilation or remix albums. He worked together with almost all big Jamaican music producers of the 70s, 80s and 90s.

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  1.  
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    Tell her try your best jest to make it quick
    Whom attend to the sick
    Cause there must be something she can do
    This heart is broken in two
    Tell her it's a case of emergency
    Night Nurse  -  500,057 plays
  2.  
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    Went to a dance last Saturday night
    I was feeling tipsy, the mood was right
    Sight a little daughter steppin' out the corner
    'Cause I feel like dancing all night
    But I told her:
    Cool Down the Pace  -  127,700 plays
  3. Slave Master  -  67,198 plays
  4.  
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    Now I may not be familiar with your language
    But I sure would like to cross over your bridge
    Said I may not dress in style as the men in your town do
    But I sure know what to say: I love you
    I wanna love you in the morning
    Stranger In Town  -  63,264 plays
  5.  
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    I thought it would be better
    Now I'm a branded hot stepper
    If I am guilty, Lord God
    Then I will pay
    Now I'm a victim
    Hot Stepper  -  61,508 plays
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