Born: 1938 Kingston,Jamaica
Died: Aug 15, 1992
Jackie Edwards has been called the Nat King Cole of Jamaica and in many ways
it is an apt description for this smooth and versatile singer, who was also a gifted songwriter. Born Wilfred Gerald Edwards in 1938 in Jamaica, he was a star on the island by the late 1950s, when he was discovered by future
Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, who persuaded Jackie Edwards to relocate to the U.K. in 1962. Jackie Edwards had a huge talent,
and although some critics have
dismissed him as too smooth and sentimental (he was the original ‘cool ruler’), he recorded solid material in all of Jamaica’s evolving musical modes, including ska, rocksteady, roots and lovers rock, but also made contributions in straight pop styles, even recording a marvelous gospel album. He died on August 15, 1992 of a heart attack.