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Winston Riley

Posted in Ska, Studio One, The Techniques, Winston Riley with tags , , , , on March 5, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Winston Riley (14 May 1943 – 19 January 2012) was a Jamaican singer, songwriter and record producer. According to the Jamaica Gleaner, Riley had a claim to being the most successful reggae producer of all-time. Riley was born in Kingston, Jamaica. His entry into the music industry was at 16 years old in 1962, when he formed The Techniques harmony group, which recorded their first tracks for Byron Lee, and then later recorded for Duke Reid. In 1968, he left the group and formed his own Techniques record label, moving into production, producing artists like Boris Gardiner, The Escorts, Alton and Hortense Ellis, and Johnny Osbourne.”

“… Riley’s career began as a singer in 1962 when he formed the vocal harmony group The Techniques with Keith ‘Slim’ Smith, Frederick Waite and Franklyn White. The group regularly performed at (future Jamaican Prime Minister) Edward Seaga’s venue Chocomo Lawn; their debut single ‘No One’ was released exclusively in the United Kingdom on Columbia Records. The Techniques first Jamaican tracks were recorded for Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One label in 1965. The shift in Jamaican music from ska to rocksteady and a move to Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle label brought The Techniques a spate of hits in 1967 including ‘Queen Majesty’ and ‘You Don’t Care’ which are now regarded as classics.”

YouTube: The Techniques – You don’t care (1965), Queen Majesty – The Techniques (1968), Winston Riley – Marry Me Dub (197X), Winston Riley – Born To Love (197X), Winston Riley – In The Mood Dub (197X), Dave & Ansell Collins – Double Barrel (1971), General Echo – Arleen (1979), Sister Nancy – BAM BAM (1980), Tenor Saw – Ring The Alarm (1985)