Freddie McGregor

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Freddie McGregor
Freddie McGregor, Ruhr Reggae Summer 2009.jpg
Background information
Also known as Little Freddie
Born (1956-06-27) 27 June 1956 (age 57)
Clarendon, Jamaica
Genres Reggae, lovers rock, ska, rocksteady, roots reggae
Occupations Singer, record producer
Years active 1963–present
Labels VP, Greensleeves, Studio One, Polydor, RAS, various

Freddie McGregor (born 27 June 1956, Clarendon, Jamaica)[1] has been variously a singer, musician and producer. His music career began when he was seven years old.[1]


In 1963 he joined with Ernest Wilson and Peter Austin to form The Clarendonians, and began to record for the Studio One label. He was only seven years old at the time and was known as 'Little Freddie'.[2] McGregor worked with producer Niney the Observer during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

McGregor converted to Rastafari in 1975.[1] He is a member of the Twelve Tribes organization.

His popularity soared in the early 1980s with the release of "Bobby Bobylon". 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. McGregor has also toured extensively for many years. He secured a licensing agreement with RAS Records in U.S. and released Come On Over in 1983 and in 1989, he inaugurated his own Big Ship label.

McGregor's albums in the 200s were Signature and Anything for You, which received a Grammy nomination.[1]

He established the Big Ship Recording Studio, and has produced many artists including Luciano and Mikey Spice.

One of McGregor's three sons, Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor, is a dancehall record producer.

In a 2011 interview, he expressed concern that many veteran artists, including himself, struggled for local radio play of their newer material, which he felt may be "lost" over time as a result.[3]

His album Di Captain, released in August 2012, features Etana and Gappy Ranks.[2]

In 2013 he received a Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies.[4]



  • 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
  • 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
  • Masterpiece (1997) VP
  • 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
  • Mister Eudaric Riddim (2009)
  • Mr.McGregor (2009) VP
  • Giants (2009) Joe Gibbs Publishing
  • Di Captain (2013), VP

UK hit singles[edit]

The following were hits on the UK Singles Chart:

  • "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely" (1987) - #9
  • "That Girl (Groovy Situation)" (1987) - #47


DVDs and videos[edit]

Freddie McGregor releases[edit]

  • Live Video Music, Inc. (DVD)

Various artists releases featuring McGregor[edit]

  • A Reggae Christmas (1988) RAS
  • Sunsplash '90 - Reggae Rockers (1990) Wienerworld (DVD)
  • The Reggae Movie (1996) Geneon (DVD)
  • Golden Voices of Reggae (2005) Island MVD (DVD)
  • Western Consciousness Pt 2 (2005) Island MVD (DVD)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Allmusic biography - accessed January 2008
  2. ^ a b Jackson, Kevin (2012) "Freddie's Di Captain sets sail in August", Jamaica Observer, 20 June 2012, retrieved 2013-06-24
  3. ^ Campbell, Howard. Freddie approaches 50 years in music biz. Jamaica Gleaner. March 7, 2011. Retrieved March 8, 2011
  4. ^ Scott, Derrick (2013) "Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award For Freddie", Jamaica Gleaner, 19 November 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 339. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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