Following the death of Gregory Isaacs, Davina Hamilton examines the highs and lows of the reggae legend dubbed the ‘Cool Ruler’
ONCE described as “the most exquisite vocalist in reggae” by the New York Times, legendary singer Gregory Isaacs died of lung cancer on Monday (October 25) at the age of 59. The Jamaican icon was born in Kingston on July 15, 1951 and despite his eventual success with reggae, it was American soul music that he was drawn to in his teens. As Isaacs told me in an interview in 2006: “Sam Cooke was always one of my favourites. He was unique and I like that.