The Ultimate Guide to Great Reggae - The complete story of Reggae told through its greatest songs, famous and forgotten - Michael Garnice

The Ultimate Guide to Great Reggae - The complete story of Reggae told through its greatest songs, famous and forgotten - Michael Garnice

Gregory Isaacs

The Ultimate Guide to Great Reggae - The complete story of Reggae told through its greatest songs, famous and forgotten - Michael Garnice

Michael Garnice [+-]
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Michael Garnice is best known for his groundbreaking early reggae website www.mentomusic.com and his writing about Bob Marley for Reggae Beat Magazine. He lives in New York City and writes for a number of reggae websites and magazines.

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He recorded for a short time under the outrageous pseudonym William Shakespeare, and is sometimes called “Jah Toot’ ”, in recognition of a broken tooth received in an encounter with a policeman. But the adored reggae superstar Gregory Isaacs is known to his legion of fans by the accolade The Cool Ruler, or simply by his first name, without there being any doubt of the Gregory in question. Born in 1950 in Kingston, Gregory Anthony Isaacs lived a hardscrabble life that was brightened by a love of music. He began singing in his teens and by the end of the 1960s, boosted by an appearance on the popular Vere Johns Opportunity Hour radio show, he endeavored to go pro. Brought into recording by bandleader Byron Lee, he recorded short stints as half of a duo and then as a member of a trio. But success eluded him. Rather than trying a quartet next, he wisely went solo. A handful of singles recorded in 1970 for several producers included his first hit, ‘All I Have Is Love’, for Rupie Edwards. There was no turning back. He became one of the greatest solo stars ever in reggae, his popularity in Jamaica only surpassed by Dennis Brown and Bob Marley

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Garnice, Michael . Gregory Isaacs. The Ultimate Guide to Great Reggae - The complete story of Reggae told through its greatest songs, famous and forgotten. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 338-343 Mar 2016. ISBN 9781781790953. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=25475. Date accessed: 22 Sep 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25475. Mar 2016

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