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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. Listen to his hit Tell me Darling and you will understand.

Born Wilfred Gerald Edwards in 1938 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. 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.