Jamaican reggae artist Freddie McGregor was born on June 27, 1956, in Clarendon, Jamaica. He is one of reggae’s most durable and soulful singers, with a steady career that started all the way back in the 1960s when he was just seven years old. McGregor is a Jamaican singer, musician, and record producer.
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’. He was also a member of the Generation Gap.
He has been one of reggae’s front-runners for decades, even earning a Grammy nomination for his 2016 set True To My Roots. He is known for songs including Big Ship, Push Comes to Shove, Just Don’t Wanna Be Lonely, and I’m a Winner.
On August 14, 2021, it was recognized by the city of Hartford in Connecticut as Freddie McGregor Day. “The Freddie McGregor Day in Hartford is welcomed by me. People recognized that I’ve worked and people love Freddie. They decided and anything my fan grant is highly appreciated,” McGregor stated.
“I’ve also performed in Connecticut on several occasions and it’s always a pleasure to have a good time with my fans, so the National Council decided to recognize August 14 as my day. I appreciate every single one of these accolades and I’m grateful to all my fans in Jamaica, the Caribbean, and Diaspora”, he continued. According to McGregor, it is not the first time he is receiving an honor of this nature, and they only serve as a career boost.