While Freddie McGregor is most widely known for his lovers rock albums produced by Doctor Dread for RAS Records, he started his career singing deep roots & culture heavily steeped in the tenets of Rastafari. In fact, he is a foundation roots reggae artist who’s albums Bobby Babylon (Studio One) and Mr. McGregor (Observer) are as heavy as they come.
My favorite Freddie tune is a timeless treasure called “Jogging” which was released as a 7″ single in 1980 on the 56 Hope Road label. This tune was recorded at Tuff Gong and features backing vocals by the I-Three. The tune was co-written by Freddie’s then-girlfriend Judy Mowatt who came up with the idea while the two were doing their regular morning jogs on the beach. In a recent interview with Sir David Rodigan, Freddie recalled recording the track at Tuff Gong and consulting with Bob Marley on the vocals and arrangement. According to Freddie, Bob absolutely loved the track.
Here are two vintage press articles from New Musical Express that talk about the single. To read, right-click and save.