R.I.P. Gregory Isaacs

Gregory Isaacs

Gregory Isaacs on stage in London in 1982. David Corio/Getty Images hide caption

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Jamaican reggae singer Gregory Isaacs died today in London after a battle with lung cancer. He was 59 years old.

In 1992, writing in The New York Times, critic Milo Miles called Isaacs "the most exquisite vocalist in reggae." Isaacs, whose famous voice could be smooth or pleading, recorded a number of well-known songs in the 1970s and '80s, including "Night Nurse" and "My Only Lover."  He released his final album, Brand New Me, in 2008.




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