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Encyclopedia > The Wailers (reggae)
The Wailers

The Wailers in the middle of the 1960s. From left to right: Bunny Wailer, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh.
Background information
Origin Flag of Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica
Genre(s) Ska, rocksteady and reggae
Years active 1963 - 1974
Former members
Junior Braithwaite
Beverley Kelso
Bunny Livingston
Bob Marley
Peter Tosh
Cherry Smith

The Wailers was a ska, rocksteady and reggae group formed in Kingston, Jamaica in 1963, consisting of Junior Braithwaite, Beverley Kelso, Bunny Livingston (aka Bunny Wailer), Bob Marley, Peter McIntosh (aka Peter Tosh), and Cherry Smith. They were called variously The Teenagers, The Wailing Rudeboys, The Wailing Wailers, and finally The Wailers. By 1966, Braithwaite, Kelso, and Smith had left the band, leaving the trio of Livingston, Marley, and McIntosh. In the early 1970s, a rhythm section known as the Wailers Band, consisting of the Barrett brothers Aston "Family Man" Barrett and Carlton (Carlie) Barrett, was added to the Wailers. The Wailers recorded such groundbreaking songs as, "Simmer Down", "Trenchtown Rock", "Nice Time", "Stir It Up", "Get Up, Stand Up", and many others. ImageMetadata File history File links Wailers_group_high_res(resized). ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Bunny Wailer, also known as Bunny Livingston (born April 10, 1947), was an original member of reggae group The Wailers along with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. ... Robert Bob Nesta Marley OM (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, guitarist, and political activist. ... Peter Tosh on the cover of his album The Toughest Peter Tosh (October 19, 1944 – September 11, 1987) was a pioneer reggae musician, as well as a trailblazer for the Rastafarian movement. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Jamaica. ... The City of Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Ska (pron. ... Rocksteady is the name given to a style of music popular in Jamaica between 1966 and 1968. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Franklin Delano Alexander Braithwaite, better known as Junior Braithwaite (April 4, 1949 – June 2, 1999) was one of the founders of, and the first lead singer of The Wailers. ... Beverley Kelso, is a Jamaican singer. ... Bunny Wailer, also known as Bunny Livingston, was an original member of reggae group The Wailers along with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. ... Robert Bob Nesta Marley OM (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, guitarist, and political activist. ... Peter Tosh on the cover of his album The Toughest Peter Tosh (October 19, 1944 – September 11, 1987) was a pioneer reggae musician, as well as a trailblazer for the Rastafarian movement. ... Cherry Smith was a backing vocalist for the original Wailers from 1963-1966. ... Ska (pron. ... Rocksteady is the name given to a style of music popular in Jamaica between 1966 and 1968. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... The City of Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Franklin Delano Alexander Braithwaite, better known as Junior Braithwaite (April 4, 1949 – June 2, 1999) was one of the founders of, and the first lead singer of The Wailers. ... Beverley Kelso, is a Jamaican singer. ... Bunny Wailer, also known as Bunny Livingston, was an original member of reggae group The Wailers along with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. ... Robert Bob Nesta Marley OM (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, guitarist, and political activist. ... Peter Tosh on the cover of his album The Toughest Peter Tosh (October 19, 1944 – September 11, 1987) was a pioneer reggae musician, as well as a trailblazer for the Rastafarian movement. ... Cherry Smith was a backing vocalist for the original Wailers from 1963-1966. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... When Bob Marley originally started singing with Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh on the album Catch A Fire and Burnin ; they were known simply as The Wailers. ... Aston Francis Barrett (born November 22, 1946, Kingston, Jamaica), often called Family Man or Fams for short, is a Jamaican bass player and Rastafarian. ... Carlton Barrett Carlton Carly Barrett was the originator of the one drop rhythm, a percussive drumming style. ... Simmer Down was the second single released by Bob Marley and the Wailers (Peter Tosh & Bunny Livingstone). ... Stir It Up is a song composed by Bob Marley in 1967, and first made popular by Johnny Nash, peaking on the UK chart in June 1972. ... Get Up, Stand Up is a reggae song written by Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. ...


The Wailers broke up in 1974, with each of the three main members going on to pursue solo careers. Bob Marley went on to international fame with Bob Marley & The Wailers (with the I Threes as the backing vocalists). Peter Tosh had a moderately successful career while Bunny Wailer remained relatively unknown outside of Jamaica. 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Bob Marley Robert Nesta Marley (February 6, 1945 - May 11, 1981), better known as Bob Marley, was a singer, guitarist, songwriter and Rastafarian from the ghettos of Jamaica. ... The I Threes were a Jamaican reggae backing band made up of 3 women that was formed in 1974 to support Bob Marley and the Wailers after Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, the original Wailer backing vocalists, left the band. ...


Often, usually for marketing purposes, Bob Marley, The Wailers, and Bob Marley & the Wailers are used indiscriminately to refer to recordings actually made by separate entities.


See also

Bob Marley is considered the greatest writer and performer of Reggae music. ...

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