Jimmy Riley

Jimmy Riley

Real Name:
Martin James Norman Riley
Profile:
Martin James Norman Riley (b.22 May 1954, Kingston, Jamaica – d.23 March 2016, New York City, U.S.A.) better known as Jimmy Riley, was a Jamaican singer who started his career as harmony singer on Treasure Isle with producer Arthur "Duke" Reid.

He joined The Uniques when Slim Smith decided to disband Techniques. But after a brief run of hits Smith decided to go solo and Riley decamped to New York.

He was persuaded to return to Jamaica in 1981 by Sly & Robbie with whom he made the classic "Rhydim Driven" album and had his biggest hit "Love & Devotion". This was followed by many other hits in the 80s before the advent of digital ragga ended the popularity of his style of vocal anthems

After a brief spell with The Wailers in the late 80s Riley moved to Miami, opening a reggae shop, but in the 90s moved back to Jamaica starting his own Love Promotions label and appearing regularly on the reggae festival circuit

Father of Tarrus Riley.
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Jimmy Riley Discography

Albums

Jimmy Riley Showcase (Album) Burning Sounds UK 1978 Sell This Version
Jimmy Riley Majority Rule (Album) Burning Sounds UK 1978 Sell This Version
Jimmy Riley Tell The Youths The Truth Not On Label UK 1978 Sell This Version
Jimmy Riley Rydim Driven (Album) Mango Germany 1981 Sell This Version
Jimmy Riley Put The People First (Album) Shanachie US 1982 Sell This Version
Jimmy Riley Magic (Album) Omar Jamaica 1984 Sell This Version
LU25-5022 Jimmy Riley Let Me Love You(LP, Album) Woorell Records LU25-5022 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
BM LP 002 Jimmy Riley World For Everyone (LP, Album) Blue Mountain Records BM LP 002 US 1985 Sell This Version
K26P 534 Jimmy Riley Ride On(LP, Album) Kingston Records (2) K26P 534 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
HBRLP 0015 Jimmy Riley Love Fa Real(LP, Album) Heavy Beat HBRLP 0015 US 1992 Sell This Version
L&P #0033 Jimmy Riley Attention(LP, Album) Love And Promotions L&P #0033 Jamaica 1996 Sell This Version
CRLP 92 Jimmy Riley Rock On(LP, Album) Charm CRLP 92 UK 1998 Sell This Version
Jimmy Riley Love And Devotion (Album) Rhino Records Europe 2000 Sell This Version
323452 Jimmy Riley Hard Drive(CD, Album) M10 323452 France 2002 Sell This Version
none Jimmy Riley Loving You(CD, Album) Black Scorpio (2) none Jamaica 2011 Sell This Version
LALP 31 Jimmy Riley Give Love A Try(LP, Album) Live And Love LALP 31 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Winston Samuels / Jimmy Riley Winston Samuels / Jimmy Riley - It's Been So Long / I May Never See My Baby(7", W/Lbl) Lee none Jamaica 1968 Sell This Version
none Jimmy Riley, Stranger Cole Jimmy Riley, Stranger Cole - Voice Of The People(7", Pre) Jogibs Records none Jamaica 1971 Sell This Version
SW-108 Jimi Riley* Voice Of The People(7", Single) Spinning Wheel SW-108 UK 1971 Sell This Version
Jimmy Riley Prophesy Romax Jamaica 1974 Sell This Version
Jimmy Riley Sons Of Negus Orchid Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version
Jimmy* & Glen* Jimmy* & Glen* - Hyprocrits / Ninefinger Jerrylewis (Single) Upsetter Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version
Jimmy Riley / Skin Flesh & Bone* Jimmy Riley / Skin Flesh & Bone* - Jackit Rattie Soul UK 1975 Sell This Version
Jimmy Riley From The Ghetto Clocktower Records Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version
none Jimmy Riley Woman Gotta Have Love(7") Micron Music Limited none Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version