Monday, October 25, 2021
Gregory to go on show Monday, October 25, 202 BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto & Entertainment firstname.lastname@example.org
The exhibition will open on Tuesday and ends January 30, 2022.According to the museum's website, Isaacs was an icon. “We are celebrating a musical icon, the legendary Jamaican reggae singer Gregory “Cool Ruler” Isaacs, coinciding with his memorial day. We're delighted to be able to co-curate a small exhibition in our community cupboard within the Manor House and a digital exhibition,” it read. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, no activities are planned locally to mark the 11th anniversary of his passing. His widow, however, is hoping local radio stations will be playing Isaacs's music to mark the day. She said her late husband's music is still relevant today. “He recently got silver for the album Night Nurse. His music is long-lasting and everyone can relate to [it] — middle age, old age, young. With Night Nurse's silver certification, it shows it's the new generation that is discovering it now, so we have bridged the gap,” said Isaacs. Night Nurse, the 1982 album by Isaacs, was recently certified silver in the United Kingdom by the British Phonographic Industry for sales exceeding 60,000 copies. Recorded at Tuff Gong Studios in Kingston, the set features songs including the popular title track Stranger in Town, Cool Down the Place, Material Man, and Sad to Know (You're Leaving). Born in Denham Town, west Kingston, on July 15, 1950, Isaacs made his recording debut in 1968 as Winston Sinclair with the single Another Heartache. He teamed up with two other vocalists, Penroe and Bramwell, for the short-lived trio The Concords who recorded for producers Rupie Edwards and Prince Buster. In 1973 he and another young singer, Errol Dunkley, started the African Museum label and soon had a massive hit with My Only Lover. His songs, including Love Is Overdue, Rumours and Hot Stepper, continue to dominate the airwaves. In 2016 he was posthumously awarded the Order of Distinction (Officer Class) by the Jamaican Government for his contribution to the country's music.