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

BS 1011 Jimmy Riley Showcase (Album) Burning Sounds BS 1011 UK 1978 Sell This Version
BS 1029 Jimmy Riley Majority Rule (Album) Burning Sounds BS 1029 UK 1978 Sell This Version
WITE 1 Jimmy Riley Tell The Youths The Truth Not On Label WITE 1 UK 1978 Sell This Version
204 221, 204 221-320 Jimmy Riley Rydim Driven (Album) Mango 204 221, 204 221-320 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
Shanachie 43005 Jimmy Riley Put The People First (Album) Shanachie Shanachie 43005 US 1982 Sell This Version
none Jimmy Riley Magic (Album) Omar none 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
LALP 31 Jimmy Riley Give Love A Try(LP, Album) Live And Love LALP 31 US 1986 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
RN 7114 Jimmy Riley Love And Devotion (Album) Rhino Records RN 7114 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

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
FWR-118 Jimmy Riley Prophesy Romax FWR-118 Jamaica 1974 Sell This Version
none Jimmy* & Glen* Jimmy* & Glen* - Hyprocrits / Ninefinger Jerrylewis (Single) Upsetter none Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version
LOV 3 Jimmy Riley / Skin Flesh & Bone* Jimmy Riley / Skin Flesh & Bone* - Jackit Rattie Soul LOV 3 UK 1975 Sell This Version
none Jimmy Riley From The Ghetto Clocktower Records none Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version
none Brimmy Riley* I Man Stand Still(7") Upsetter none Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version
none Jimmy Riley Sons Of Negus(7") Orchid none Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version
UP 101 Jimmy Riley Give Me A Love(7") Upsetter UP 101 UK 1975 Sell This Version
none Lee* & Jimmy* Lee* & Jimmy* - Yagga - Yagga / Rasta Train(7") Upsetter none Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version