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Birthname: Gregory Anthony Isaacs
Nationality: Jamaican
Born: Jul 15 1951


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Gregory Isaacs sings a love song like no other Jamaican artist. Effortless, smooth, seductive and sensual, his "Lonely Lover" persona has made him one of the most popular singers in Jamaica since the '70s. Reggae's version of Marvin Gaye, Isaacs' songs remain as popular in dancehalls as they are in bedrooms, having virtually invented the reggae genre known as "lovers rock."

Now, for the first time, the best of his songs of romance and heartbreak, led by the 1982 worldwide smash "Night Nurse," have been collected on one album. Gregory Isaacs: Greatest Love Songs (Hip-O Records), ... Read more

Gregory Isaacs sings a love song like no other Jamaican artist. Effortless, smooth, seductive and sensual, his "Lonely Lover" persona has made him one of the most popular singers in Jamaica since the '70s. Reggae's version of Marvin Gaye, Isaacs' songs remain as popular in dancehalls as they are in bedrooms, having virtually invented the reggae genre known as "lovers rock."

Now, for the first time, the best of his songs of romance and heartbreak, led by the 1982 worldwide smash "Night Nurse," have been collected on one album. Gregory Isaacs: Greatest Love Songs (Hip-O Records), released January 28, 2003, features 18 digitally remastered tracks from the zenith of his career, the early '70s to late '80s, drawn from the labels Island, GG's, Blood And Fire, Anchor and Isaacs' own African Museum.

The collection's most vintage tracks are from the '70s, represented by "Loving Pauper," "Top Ten," "Love Is Overdue" (in 1974 his first reggae #1 charter), "My Number One," "Conversation" and the Sly & Robbie Taxi Production of the delirious "Oh What A Feeling." But the majority of the tracks on Greatest Love Songs were culled from the singer-songwriter-producer's three best-loved Island albums: More Gregory (1981), Night Nurse (1982) and Out Deh! (1983).

On More Gregory, he turned on the charm with "If I Don't Have You," "Front Door" and "Poor Millionaire." The follow-up, Night Nurse, proved to be his best-selling album. Its slicked-up roots sound set in dancehall-era reggae resulted in such classic romantic reggae as the title track, "Objection Overruled," "Cool Down The Pace," "Stranger In Town" and "Sad To Know (You're Leaving)."

From this height of professional fame came a mighty personal fall: Much of Out Deh! was penned while he was in prison. Yet the album is a musical celebration. His second album cut with harder, tighter, more rock-oriented Roots Radics band, Out Deh! looked to the future of reggae with the electronica "Love Me With Feeling" plus "Private Secretary" and "Yes I Do." The most recent cut on Greatest Love Songs is "Too Good To Be True," from 1989's I.O.U.

Today, Isaacs continues to record and to tour worldwide. He is the ultimate rude-boy artist, with his head in the clouds and his feet in the street--a description that might very well have applied to Marvin Gaye as well.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Gregory Isaacs sings a love song like no other Jamaican artist. Effortless, smooth, seductive and sensual, his "Lonely Lover" persona has made him one of the most popular singers in Jamaica since the '70s. Reggae's version of Marvin Gaye, Isaacs' songs remain as popular in dancehalls as they are in bedrooms, having virtually invented the reggae genre known as "lovers rock."

Now, for the first time, the best of his songs of romance and heartbreak, led by the 1982 worldwide smash "Night Nurse," have been collected on one album. Gregory Isaacs: Greatest Love Songs (Hip-O Records), released January 28, 2003, features 18 digitally remastered tracks from the zenith of his career, the early '70s to late '80s, drawn from the labels Island, GG's, Blood And Fire, Anchor and Isaacs' own African Museum.

The collection's most vintage tracks are from the '70s, represented by "Loving Pauper," "Top Ten," "Love Is Overdue" (in 1974 his first reggae #1 charter), "My Number One," "Conversation" and the Sly & Robbie Taxi Production of the delirious "Oh What A Feeling." But the majority of the tracks on Greatest Love Songs were culled from the singer-songwriter-producer's three best-loved Island albums: More Gregory (1981), Night Nurse (1982) and Out Deh! (1983).

On More Gregory, he turned on the charm with "If I Don't Have You," "Front Door" and "Poor Millionaire." The follow-up, Night Nurse, proved to be his best-selling album. Its slicked-up roots sound set in dancehall-era reggae resulted in such classic romantic reggae as the title track, "Objection Overruled," "Cool Down The Pace," "Stranger In Town" and "Sad To Know (You're Leaving)."

From this height of professional fame came a mighty personal fall: Much of Out Deh! was penned while he was in prison. Yet the album is a musical celebration. His second album cut with harder, tighter, more rock-oriented Roots Radics band, Out Deh! looked to the future of reggae with the electronica "Love Me With Feeling" plus "Private Secretary" and "Yes I Do." The most recent cut on Greatest Love Songs is "Too Good To Be True," from 1989's I.O.U.

Today, Isaacs continues to record and to tour worldwide. He is the ultimate rude-boy artist, with his head in the clouds and his feet in the street--a description that might very well have applied to Marvin Gaye as well.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Gregory Isaacs sings a love song like no other Jamaican artist. Effortless, smooth, seductive and sensual, his "Lonely Lover" persona has made him one of the most popular singers in Jamaica since the '70s. Reggae's version of Marvin Gaye, Isaacs' songs remain as popular in dancehalls as they are in bedrooms, having virtually invented the reggae genre known as "lovers rock."

Now, for the first time, the best of his songs of romance and heartbreak, led by the 1982 worldwide smash "Night Nurse," have been collected on one album. Gregory Isaacs: Greatest Love Songs (Hip-O Records), released January 28, 2003, features 18 digitally remastered tracks from the zenith of his career, the early '70s to late '80s, drawn from the labels Island, GG's, Blood And Fire, Anchor and Isaacs' own African Museum.

The collection's most vintage tracks are from the '70s, represented by "Loving Pauper," "Top Ten," "Love Is Overdue" (in 1974 his first reggae #1 charter), "My Number One," "Conversation" and the Sly & Robbie Taxi Production of the delirious "Oh What A Feeling." But the majority of the tracks on Greatest Love Songs were culled from the singer-songwriter-producer's three best-loved Island albums: More Gregory (1981), Night Nurse (1982) and Out Deh! (1983).

On More Gregory, he turned on the charm with "If I Don't Have You," "Front Door" and "Poor Millionaire." The follow-up, Night Nurse, proved to be his best-selling album. Its slicked-up roots sound set in dancehall-era reggae resulted in such classic romantic reggae as the title track, "Objection Overruled," "Cool Down The Pace," "Stranger In Town" and "Sad To Know (You're Leaving)."

From this height of professional fame came a mighty personal fall: Much of Out Deh! was penned while he was in prison. Yet the album is a musical celebration. His second album cut with harder, tighter, more rock-oriented Roots Radics band, Out Deh! looked to the future of reggae with the electronica "Love Me With Feeling" plus "Private Secretary" and "Yes I Do." The most recent cut on Greatest Love Songs is "Too Good To Be True," from 1989's I.O.U.

Today, Isaacs continues to record and to tour worldwide. He is the ultimate rude-boy artist, with his head in the clouds and his feet in the street--a description that might very well have applied to Marvin Gaye as well.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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