The Techniques

Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Artist Compilations: Jay & The Techniques

Biography

Formed by Winston Riley (1946, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies) in 1962 while still at school, the Techniques’ original line-up additionally featured fellow vocalists Slim Smith (b. Keith Smith, c.1948, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, d. 1973), Franklyn White and Frederick Waite. Together they performed at future Jamaican prime minister Edward Seaga’s club, Chocomo Lawn, an important showcase for local talent at the time, appearing alongside Byron Lee, Tommy McCook, Alton Ellis, Marcia Griffiths, and the Sensations, who included Riley’s brother Buster. The group was spotted by talent scouts from the British-based Columbia Records, upon which its first single, ‘No One’, appeared. This was not released in Jamaica, however, and it was not until 1965 when singer Stranger Cole introduced them to producer Duke Reid that they recorded their earliest Jamaican releases, ‘Don’t Leave Me’, ‘When You Are Wrong’, and the popular...

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