Freddie McGregor

Genres: Reggae
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

c.1955, Clarendon, Jamaica, West Indies. McGregor entered the Jamaican music business at the precocious age of seven, singing backing vocals with ska duo the Clarendonians at Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One. He stayed with Dodd throughout the rest of the decade and into the early 70s, acting as a session drummer and backing singer as well as cutting sides such as ‘Why Did You Do It’, and ‘Do Good’ (c.1965) with Clarendonian Ernest ‘Fitzroy’ Wilson as Freddie And Fitzy, versions of Johnny Ace’s ‘Pledging My Love’ and Junior Byles’ ‘Beat Down Babylon’ (c.1972), and his own compositions, ‘Go Away Pretty Woman’, ‘What Difference Does It Make’ and ‘Why Is Tomorrow Like Today’. In 1975, after adopting the Rastafarian faith through the Twelve Tribes organization, he recorded two of his finest singles, ‘I Man A Rasta’ and ‘Rastaman Camp’, both heavyweight slices of...

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