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Born in Kingston, Jamaica on 22 May 1954, Riley grew up in the city's Waterhouse district and attended Kingston Senior School along with Slim Smith. When Smith had success in The Techniques, Riley hung around with the group hoping to join, but was limited to carrying things for them and helping out with harmonies.

In 1967, Jimmy Riley founded The Sensations along with Cornell Campbell. After several successful releases in the mid sixties, Riley joined Slim Smith and Lloyd Charmers in The Uniques, who had huge hits wish songs such as "Watch This Sound" and "My Conversation".

 

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When the Uniques split up, Riley initially recorded as a solo artist for Bunny Lee before moving away to record independently. He began producing his own recordings and others by artists such as Slim Smith and Delroy Wilson. He had several hits in the 1970s, including "Tell The Youths The Truth", "Nyah Bingi", and "Clean up the Streets", and continued to be successful in the 1980s, working with Sly & Robbie's Taxi productions. In 1983, Riley topped the UK reggae charts with his version of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing".

Riley's son Tarrus Riley followed him into music, and the success of Tarrus gave a boost to Jimmy's career. They have performed together several times, headlining a number of festivals including the Ocho Rios Seafood Festival in 2007. Jimmy Riley's latest album Sly and Robbie Presents Jimmy Riley: Pull Up Selector saw him again working with Sly & Robbie, and features Tarrus on the title track, which was also released as a single in 2008.

Jimmy Riley Videos:

Love And Devotion

Sexual Healing

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