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