Friday, January 27, 2012

Producerobit: Winston Riley

Winston Riley, a major figure in Jamaica's music scene across four decades, has died.

Riley's contribution to bringing reggae to a global audience is unquestionable; his label Techniques was responsible for Dave And Ansell Collins' I Am The Greatest, the second reggae number one in the UK.

He also produced this, amongst much else:

Despite massive success, Riley didn't start to make money until more recently, when his beats started to be sampled. His music runs through the spine of much R&B; a large chunk of it derived from this one track:

Winston Riley had been shot in the head in November; he had been in hospital since. He was 68.

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