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JIMMY RILEY


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Brother of Winston, father of Taurus, Jimmy Riley can quite rightfully be called part of reggae musical royalty. With a career spanning nearly half a century, Jimmy has earned his place.

He joined The Sensations while he was still at school in Jamaica, after suffering the humiliation of being rebuffed by his best friend Slim Smiths band The Techniques.

Jimmy later got his wish to perform with Slim Smith when they, along with Lloyd Tirell, formed The Uniques, which would prove to be more successful than either of the previous bands; after their first number one hit, My Conversation, The Uniques did at one point have three tracks simultaneously in the local Reggae top ten

After Slim Smith tragically died in a car accident, a devastated Jimmy reformed The Techniques before moving to the US. Here he stayed until his solo career led him back to Jamaica and to the Taxi label, which had the likes of Dennis Brown, Black Uhuru and Gregory Isaacs on its books.

Four number one tracks and world tours in the 1980s ensured Jimmy’s star status, and, after a brief spell out of the limelight at the end of the decade, returned to the Jamaican music scene with It’s Gonna Get Rougher, another number one hit. In 1996 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bob Marley Reggae Festival in Los Angeles.

Jimmy is back in the studio and also touring, performing at the first ever Japanese Reggae Sunsplash, and is often seen sharing the stage with his son Taurus.