Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Day 109 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - Jimmy Riley - Love And Devotion

Sticking with another classic reggae love song for the 109th track... Martin James Ziggy Norman Riley AKA Jimmy Riley following on the success of former classmate Slim Smith and his group The Techniques formed The Sensations with Cornell Campbell, Buster Riley and Aaron "Dego" Davis.  The Sensations auditioned for Duke Reid and after having some success with "Everyday Is Just A Holiday" and "Those Guys," in the mid-60s.  In 1967 Riley jumped ship and joined up with the re-formed Uniques with Smith and Lloyd Charmers and recorded the classics "Watch This Sound" and "My Conversation."  When the group parted ways Jimmy Riley went solo and the rest they say is history.  Today's tune "Love And Devotion" was recorded for Sly & Robbie in 1981 and originally released on their Taxi label.  Dig it!


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