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                                    Jimmy Riley Continued.

 

Names like Cornell Campbell, Slim Smith, Winston Riley were the mentors that Jimmy had to look up to.  That area  of Kingston bounded by Orange Street, North Street and Spanish Town Road could be considered the  nest of Jamaican music, during the sixties , no matter where you came from, you find this corner when you wanted to be involved in music.This was where the then popular Techniques with Slim Smith and Winston Riley  was based and it was in this same yard on West  Street that Jimmy Riley teamed up with Cornel Campbell, Harold Bobby Davis and Stanley Riley to form  the Sensations and started recording for Treasure Isles and Duke Reid , then the Techniques broke up and Jimmy Riley teamed up with Slim Smith and Lloyd Charmers to form the Uniques which gave us memorable sounds like  ”My conversation”, Let me go girl let me go tour the world” and a string of hits so extensive that they would require an article by themselves. But who don’t know the story of the changing point of that group with the strange accidental death of Slim Smith, just watch this spot for more on that.

 

Jimmy Riley came to prominence as a solo performer however when he teames up with Sly and Robbie on the singly “ Love And Devotion”, followed by  “Give me your Love” , “ My Woman’s Love” and these became his ticket to travel the world and today still stand among the small group of artistes who can claim to have had hits within every decade from the sixties to now. The reason for this longlivity is that he is just living and enjoying life the way he likes, sending the message of love and life as he sees it   and he is here on Drumilly label with “Colour me Love”…”Justice” and “No Fire No Rain” check him out and order a  CD with your choice of music.

 

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