Artiste Tribute: Freddie McGregor

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Freddie McGregor was born June 27, 1956, in Clarendon Jamaica. Freddie McGregor have an incredibly steady career that started all the way back in the 1960s, when he was just seven years old.

In 1963 Freddie McGregor joined with Ernest Wilson and Peter Austin to form The Clarendonians, and began to record for the Studio One label. McGregor worked with producer Niney the Observer during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

In 1975, McGregor converted to Rastafari, which had a profound impact on his music. He is a member of the Twelve Tribes organization.

His popularity soared in the early 1980s with the release of "Bobby Babylon". Other popular hits of McGregor's include "Big Ship", "Push Comes to Shove", "Just Don't Want to Be Lonely" and "I Was Born a Winner"; as well as cover versions of many early reggae standards. He has also worked with producers Junjo Lawes, Linval Thompson, and Gussie Clarke.

In 1984, he inaugurated his own Big Ship label, secured a licensing agreement with RAS Records in U.S. and released Come On Over in 1987. After slowing his pace in the late 1990s, McGregor returned in 2000 with the acclaimed Signature, which restored his typical balance of roots reggae and lovers rock with touches of dancehall. He followed it two years later with a similarly well-received album, the Grammy nominated, Anything for You.

Albums
Bobby Bobylon (1979) Studio One
Mr. McGregor aka Freddie McGregor (1979) Observer/Jackal/56 Hope Rd/Mercury
Lovers Rock (Showcase Jamaica Style) (1981) Live & Love
Showcase (1981) Observer
Big Ship (1982) Greensleeves/Thompson Sounds
I Am Ready (1982) Coxsone/Studio One
Love At First Sight (1982) Intense
Come On Over (1983) RAS
Rhythm So Nice (1983) Thompson Sounds
Across The Border (1984) RAS
All In The Same Boat (1986) RAS
Freddie McGregor (1987) Polydor
Don't Want To Be Lonely Studio One
Live at the Town & Country Club (1991) VP
FM (1992) High Times
Live in London 1991 (1993) Charly
Roots Man Skanking Clocktower
Sing Jamaican Classics Vol.1
Jamaican Classics Vol.2 (1998) Big Ship
Magic In The Air (1999) Big Ship
Zion Chant (1999) Heartbeat
Signature (2000) VP
Rumours (2000) Greensleeves
Carry Go Bring Come (2000) Greensleeves
Hard to Get (2000) Greensleeves
Forever My Love (2000) RAS
Push On (2002) Big Ship
Lovers Rock (2003) Prestige
Anything For You (2002) VP
Reggae Max (2003) Jet Star
Heart Is Willing (2003) Charm
Rhythms of My Heart (2004) Nuff
Comin' in Tough (2005) VP
Masterpiece (200?) VP
Mister Eudaric Riddim (2009)
Mr.McGregor (2009) VP
Giants (2009) Joe Gibbs Publishing
 

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