Funny, kind, and candid, Gregory was an utmost gentleman years back when we spoke for a feature story that just recently hit newsstands. He never really viewed his career in hindsight, feeling that it was “always ongoing” and feverishly recording and touring up until he was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. The interview is one of the lengthier ones I’ve done, as Gregory patiently recapped almost his entire career for longtime fans. Gregory passed today at age 59 and it’s with a heavy heart that we celebrate his songs, life, and well-kept career. Below are my favorite recordings from reggae’s Cool Ruler. Rest easy, Mr. Isaacs.
‘Far Beyond The Valley’ off In Person [Trojan 1975]
‘Too Late’ a-side b/w ‘Each Day’ single [Success 1970]
‘Sun Shines For Me’ off Gregory Isaacs Meets Ronnie Davis [Plant 1979]
‘Each Day’ b-side b/w ‘Too Late’ [Success 1970]
‘My Time’ a-side b/w ‘Rockers Time’ [Gussie76 1978]