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Wilfred Gerald "Jackie" Edwards (1938 – 15 August 1992)[1] was a Jamaican musician and songwriter, whose career took in skaR&Bsoulrocksteadyreggae, andballads.[2]


 [hide*1 Career


Edwards was born in Jamaica, and came to the attention of Chris Blackwell in 1959; when Blackwell set up Island Records in London in 1962, Edwards travelled with him.[1] Edwards worked as a singer and songwriter for Island as well as performing duties such as delivering records.[2] He wrote both "Keep On Running" and "Somebody Help Me", that became #1 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.[3] 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
  • 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]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

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