The Jamaican musician lost his battle with cancer last week (23Mar16) in New York.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Riley began his recording career in the mid-1960s as a member of The Sensations, who enjoyed hits with Everyday Is Just A Holiday, Those Guys, and Right On Time.

Riley joined The Uniques in 1967, and recorded a series of rock steady classics including My Conversation and My Woman’s Love.

He embarked on a solo career in 1969, but didn't taste international success until the early 1980s, after duo Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare (aka Sly and Robbie) produced his Love and Devotion hit.

Riley suddenly became a big deal in Britain and Japan.

He released what would be his final album, Contradiction, in 2013.

His son, modern-day reggae star Tarrus Riley, often recorded with his father in recent years - they hit the stage together at last summer's (15) Central Park Summerstage in New York.