Freddie McGregor recouperating at home after suffering stroke

Freddie McGregor recouperating at home after suffering stroke

MONTEGO BAY,  December 1, 2022 - Veteran Reggae entertainer Freddie McGregor is said to be at home in the United States, recuperating after suffering a stroke that he suffered a stroke on Monday and was hospitalized.

Its understoos that Freddie McGregor who has released more than 40 albums during his career and has received numerous accolades is conscious, and is said to be recouperating satisfactorily.

Wiredja in researching Freddie’s career, came upon VP Records' bio of the singer which is rather comprehensive and from which we have freely drawn for this article.

“Freddie McGregor is one of reggae’s most durable and soulful singers, with an incredibly steady career that started all the way back in the ’60s, when he was just seven years old. Since then, he’s spanned nearly every stylistic shift in Jamaican music, from ska and rocksteady to Rastafarian roots reggae to lovers rock (his particular specialty) to dabblings in dancehall, ragga, and dub. 

“Not just a singer, he wrote some of his own material, and grew into an accomplished producer as well. McGregor’s heyday was the early ’80s, when he released several high-quality albums and reached the peak of his popularity in Jamaica and England. However, he remained a strong presence on the reggae scene well into the new millennium.

“McGregor was born in Clarendon, Jamaica on June 27, 1956. At age seven, he started singing backup for a local ska harmony duo called the Clarendonians (naturally, with the nickname of Little Freddie McGregor). 

“The Clarendonians recorded for producer Clement “Coxsone” Dodd’s legendary Studio One label for a time, and when they split in the mid-’60s, McGregor teamed up with ex-member Ernest “Fitzroy” Wilson to form a new duo, Freddie and Fitzroy. They recorded several single sides, including “Why Did You Do It” and “Do Good and Good Will Follow You.” 

Freddie McGregor is one of reggae’s most durable and soulful singers. Here is is performing after being awarded at the Icon Awards in Florida in February 2020 | Calvin G. Brown PhotoFreddie McGregor is one of reggae’s most durable and soulful singers. Here is is performing after being awarded at the Icon Awards in Florida in February 2020 | Calvin G. Brown Photo“McGregor stayed at Studio One for much of the ’70s, working as a session drummer and backup singer while developing his own vocal style, which owed much to smooth, Philadelphia-style soul.

He sang lead for groups like Generation Gap and Soul Syndicate, and also recorded off and on as a solo act during the ’70s, though always in the singles medium.

During this period, he began writing some of his own material, including songs like “Go Away Pretty Woman,” “Tomorrow Is Like Today,” and “What Difference Does It Make.”

In 1981, McGregor scored a huge hit single with “Big Ship,” which catapulted him to the front rank of reggae stars in the immediate post-Marley era, along with Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs. 

“His next LP arrived in 1982, also titled Big Ship, and featured production by Linval Thompson and musical backing by the Roots Radics. It too was highly successful, both creatively and commercially.

Signing with Ras for 1983’s Come On Over, McGregor extended his creative hot streak to an international audience, making a name for himself in the U.K. and U.S. 

“His 1984 follow-up Across the Border was a slightly poppier effort that contained his hit reggae cover of “Guantanamera.” Continuing in this crossover vein, in hopes of surviving amid the dancehall revolution, McGregor released All in the Same Boat in 1986; it produced a major hit in “Push Come to Shove,” which became his first U.K. chart entry. 

“He sparked the interest of Polydor Records, and found further U.K. success with “That Girl” and a cover of the Main Ingredient’s “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely,” which made the U.K. Top Ten in 1987.

After slowing his pace in the late ’90s, 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. 

“In 2005 he issued Comin’ in Tough featuring guest appearances from Anthony B, Marcia Griffiths, and Morgan Heritage along with the hit single “Lock It Down.”

Over the next few years, McGregor kept a regular and worldwide touring schedule, but his work in the studio would shift to mentoring his sons Stephen “Di Genius” and Chino, both of them producers and Chino a dancehall vocalist as well. 

“Stephen would work on his father’s 2013 release, Di Captain, an album that featured “Standing Strong,” a redo of his early hit “Bobby Bobylon” with Gappy Ranks as guest, and “Move Up Jamaica,” an anthem celebrating 50 years of Jamaican independence.

McGregor has released more than 40 albums during his career and has received numerous accolades.

Last December, it was announced that he signed a worldwide publishing deal with the American company Warner Chappell Music, which covers the full catalogue of his close to six-decade career.

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