The Wailers ('60-'70s Jamaican Reggae Band of Wailer, Marley & Tosh)

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Releases under "The Wailing Wailers", "The Wailers", "Marley, Tosh, Livingston & Associates" go here, but only if the band lineup includes Bunny Livingston, Bob Marley, and Peter Tosh, and only if the release was not produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry.

Otherwise, it's most likely either a release with those same members under the name "Bob Marley & The Wailers" or a release by "The Wailers Band".

This group spans two different time periods:
1963 - December 1970 and 1972 - 1973

Different names used by the band:

  • The Teenagers
  • The Wailing Rudeboys
  • The Wailing Wailers
  • The Wailers
Annotation last modified on 2007-06-13 01:52 UTC.


Bob Marley and the Wailers were a Jamaican reggae band and, earlier, a ska vocal group created by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. The ska incarnation of the Wailers were formed when self-taught musician Hubert Winston McIntosh (Peter Tosh) met the singers Neville Livingston (Bunny Wailer), and Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley) in 1963. By late 1963 singers Junior Braithwaite, Beverley Kelso, and Cherry Smith had joined the Wailers, who was comped by music studio bands.

In early 1970s, Bob and Bunny had learned to play some instruments and brothers Carlton Barrett and Aston "Family Man" Barrett on drums and bass had joined the reggae band. After Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh left the band in 1974, Bob Marley began touring with new band members. His new backing band included Barrett brothers, Junior Marvin and Al Anderson on lead guitar, Tyrone Downie and Earl "Wya" Lindo on keyboards, and Alvin "Seeco" Patterson on percussion. The "I Threes", consisting of Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths, and Marley's wife, Rita, provided backing vocals.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 The Wailing Wailers The Wailers 7
1970 The Best of the Wailers The Wailers 3
1971 Soul Revolution The Wailers 2
1973 Catch a Fire The Wailers 4.6 16
1973 Burnin’ The Wailers 3.65 18
1986 Jérusalem Alpha Blondy and The Wailers 6
1988 Kingston Rock (Earth must be Hell) Horace Andy, Winston Jarrett & The Wailers 1
1996 The Toughest Peter Tosh feat. The Wailers, The Skatalites & The Upsetters 1
2004 Hifi Calypso Karl Zéro & The Wailers 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 African Herbsman The Wailers 1
1994 Simmer Down at Studio One The Wailers 2
1998 Best of the Wailers The Wailers 1
2001 Dub Marley The Wailers 1
Reggae Greats The Wailers 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1965 Shame & Scandal / Sca-Balena The Wailers / R. Alphonso & The Soul Brothers 1
1968 Stir It Up / This Train The Wailers 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 The Wailing Wailers At Studio One The Wailers 1

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