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Winston Riley

Winston Riley

Winston Riley


Winston Riley (born 1946, Kingston, Jamaica - died 19 January 2012, Kingston, Jamaica) worked as a songwriter and record producer of Jamaican music. According to the Jamaica Gleaner, Riley has a claim to being the most successful reggae producer of all-time. Riley's 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 Coxsone Dodd of Studio One, and then later recorded for Duke Reid. Read more on Last.fm
Winston Riley (born 1946, Kingston, Jamaica - died 19 January 2012, Kingston, Jamaica) worked as a songwriter and record producer of Jamaican music. According to the Jamaica Gleaner, Riley has a claim to being the most successful reggae producer of all-time. Riley's 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 Coxsone Dodd of Studio One, and then later recorded for Duke Reid.In 1968, he left the group and formed his own Techniques record label, moving into production, producing artistes like Boris Gardiner, The Escorts, Alton and Hortense Ellis, and Johnny Osbourne. His own song, "Double Barrel", performed by Dave and Ansell Collins under Riley's own production, was one of the first international reggae hits, reaching #1 in the UK Singles Chart. His "Stalag" riddim has often been used. The rhythm was first released in 1973, as the instrumental Ansell Collins track, "Stalag 17", named after the World War II film of the same name.

It reappeared later as "Stalag 18", "Stalag 19", "Stalag 20" and "Ring the Alarm Quick". Riley produced General Echo's hugely influential The Slackest album in 1979, and he went on to launch the careers of Sister Nancy, Buju Banton, Cutty Ranks, Lone Ranger, and Frankie Paul. The band, Widespread Panic, recorded his song "Arlene", and have performed many versions of it at their concerts. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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