Gregory Isaacs - The Kool Ruler
Gregory Isaacs (born Gregory Anthony Isaacs), 15 July 1951, Fletchers Land, Kingston, Jamaica. At 17 he made his debut recording with record producer Byron Lee. Between 1968 and 1973 he recorded several songs but failed to get a breakout hit. That came shortly after partnering with Errol Dunkley to start their own record shop a new record label, "African Museum". "My Only Lover" was a smash hit and is credited with being the first "lovers rock" record ever made. In 1974 he had his first Jamaican #1 single with "Love is Overdue" with producer Alvin Ranglin. He and Ranglin had several hits working together including "Border" and one of the all time favorites with fans, "Number One".
In the late 70's he signed with Virgin Records and was featured in the film "Rockers" but it took signing to Island Records to get him his first real international attention with the album "Night Nurse".