|Winston Delano Riley|
14 May 1943|
|Died||19 January 2012
|Genres||Ska, Rocksteady,Reggae, Dancehall,|
|Occupations||Producer, Singer, Songwriter|
|Years active||1960 -2011|
|Associated acts||The Techniques|
Winston Riley (14 May 1943 – 19 January 2012) was a Jamaican singer, songwriter and record producer. According to the Jamaica Gleaner, Riley had a claim to being the most successful reggae producer of all-time.
Riley was born in Kingston, Jamaica. His entry into the music industry was at the age of 16 in 1962, when he formed The Techniques harmony group, which recorded their first tracks for Byron Lee, and later recorded for Duke Reid. In 1968, Riley left the group and formed his own Techniques record label, moving into production, producing artists like Boris Gardiner, The Escorts, Alton and Hortense Ellis, and Johnny Osbourne. Riley's own song, "Double Barrel", performed by Dave and Ansell Collins under his own production, was one of the first international reggae hits, reaching number 1 in the Dutch and UK Singles Chart.
His "Stalag" riddim is the most sampled reggae song of all time. The rhythm was first released in 1973, as the instrumental Ansell Collins track "Stalag 17", named after the World War II film of the same name. It reappeared later as "Stalag 18", "Stalag 19", "Stalag 20" and "Ring the Alarm Quick".
On 1 November 2011, Winston was shot in the head at his home in Kingston. According to police, he had been the subject of several earlier attacks. After being in a coma since the shooting, he died on 19 January 2012.
- List of Riley productions
- The Techniques
- Interview with the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper - published 18 May 2008
- New York Times article about Winston Riley's life and death
- Dylan Powe's memories of Winston Riley.