Jackie Edwards (musician)

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Jackie Edwards
Birth name Wilfred Gerald Edwards
Born 1938
Died 15 August 1992(1992-08-15) (aged 53–54)
Genres Reggae
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Years active 1950–1992
Labels Island

Wilfred Gerald "Jackie" Edwards (1938 – 15 August 1992)[1] was a Jamaican musician and songwriter, whose career took in ska, R&B, soul, rocksteady, reggae, and ballads.[2]


Edwards was born in Jamaica in 1938 where he grew up as one of fifteen siblings. Strongly influenced by Nat King Cole, he began performing at the age of 14.[3] He and came to the attention of Chris Blackwell in 1959. Edwards had four number one singles in Jamaica between 1960 and 1961, all self-written ballads with latin-influenced music.[3]

When Blackwell set up Island Records in London in 1962, Edwards travelled with him.[1] Edwards worked as a singer and songwriter for Island, recording as a solo artist and also duets with Millie Small, as well as performing duties such as delivering records.[2][3] He wrote both "Keep On Running" and "Somebody Help Me", that became number one singles in the United Kingdom for The Spencer Davis Group.[1][2] He continued to work as a recording artist himself, with regular album releases through to the mid-1980s. Much of his later work was produced by Bunny Lee, and he also worked with The Aggrovators.[1] Dionne Bromfield covered his song "Oh Henry" on her album Introducing Dionne Bromfield in 2009.

Edwards also worked as a producer, co-producing the 1977 album Move Up Starsky by The Mexicano.[4] The majority of Jackie's catalogue is published through Fairwood Music (UK) Ltd for the World.

He died in August 1992 of a heart attack.[1]



  • The Most of... (1964) Island
  • Stand Up For Jesus (1964) Island
  • Come on Home (1965) Island
  • By Demand (1966) Island
  • Pledging My Love (1966) (with Millie Small)
  • Premature Golden Sands (1967) Island
  • Put Your Tears Away (1969) Island
  • I Do Love You (1973) Trojan
  • Do You Believe In Love (1976) Klik
  • Let It Be Me (1978) Jamaica Sound (with Hortense Ellis)
  • Sincerely (1978) Trojan
  • Come to Me Softly (1979) Third World
  • Starlight (197?) Pye
  • Tell Me Darling (197?) Imperial
  • Nothing Takes the Place of You (1981) Starlight
  • King of the Ghetto (1982) Black Music
  • Tell It Like It Is (1982) Starlight
  • The Original Mr. Cool Ruler (1983) Vista Sounds
  • Musical Treasures Disco Style (198?) Imperial
  • Dearest (1995) Lagoon
  • In Paradise (1995) Carl's

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The Best of Jackie Edwards (1966), Island
  • The Best of Jackie & Millie (1968) (with Millie Small)
  • 20 Greatest Hits (1977) Conflict
  • 20 Super Hits Sonic Sounds
  • Great Soul Hits (199?) Marginal
  • In Paradise (1994) Trojan
  • Memorial Rhino
  • Singing Hits From Studio One And More Rhino
  • This Is My Story: A History of Jamaica's Greatest Balladeer (2005) Trojan
  • 50 Greatest Hits (2013), Alexander Music Group
  • 'This Is Dub' (2007) (3 versions of Invasion)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Biography by Steve Leggett". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Larkin, Colin (1998) "The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae", Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9
  3. ^ a b c "Wilfred ‘Jackie’ Edwards, An Unsung Hero Of The 60s", Jamaica Gleaner, 24 May 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2015
  4. ^ The Mexicano - Move Up Starsky

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