Saturday, January 21, 2012

R.I.P Winston Riley

The legendary reggae producer has died, aged 65.

From The Grio: "Innovative reggae producer Winston Riley has died from complications of a gunshot wound in Jamaica. His son Kurt Riley says the 65-year-old producer died Thursday at University Hospital of the West Indies, where he had been a patient since he was shot in the head at his house in November.

Riley also had been shot in August and stabbed in September. His record store in Kingston's downtown business district was burned down several years ago. Police have said they know of no motives.

From the Jamaica Observer: "Kurt Riley told the Observer this morning that his father's grieving relatives could not figure out a motive behind the attempts on his father's life.

"Unfortunately Daddy didn't wake up so we could talk to him to find out if there was something he was not telling us. He was a straightforward man, who was allergic to hypocrisy," he said.

Winston Riley produced the late General Echo's The Slackest album on his Techniques label in 1979, and was instrumental in the development of the careers of Sister Nancy, Buju Banton, Cutty Ranks, Lone Ranger, and Frankie Paul."

Classic Winston Riley productions... love these...

ADDED Via Large Up - Top ten essential Winston Riley tunes

Basement 45s Salute to Winston Riley by CultchaSound

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