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THE WAILERS STORY

The Wailers begins in the early 1960s in the Trench Town neighborhood of Kingston, Jamaica.



The founding members were childhood friends who shared a passion for music, including Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Livingston (later known as Bunny Wailer), Junior Braithwaite, Beverly Kelso, and Cherry Smith.




The Wailers initially formed as a vocal harmony group, heavily influenced by American R&B and doo-wop. They started recording for producer Coxsone Dodd at Studio One, one of Jamaica's most prominent recording studios. In 1964, The Wailers released their debut single, "Simmer Down," which became an instant hit in Jamaica. The song's success established The Wailers as a force in the local music scene.


During the mid-1960s, The Wailers went through various lineup changes, with members coming and going. However, the core trio of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer remained constant. The band's early recordings included ska and rocksteady styles, and they worked with producers like Lee "Scratch" Perry, who played a significant role in shaping their sound.



In 1970, The Wailers signed a recording contract with Chris Blackwell's Island Records, a move that would have a transformative impact on their career. The first album released under Island Records was "The Best of The Wailers" (1971). While the album did not achieve significant commercial success, it laid the groundwork for what was to come.


The breakthrough for The Wailers came with the release of "Catch a Fire" in 1973. This album marked a shift towards a more polished and international sound, blending reggae with elements of rock and soul. The inclusion of tracks like "Stir It Up" and "Concrete Jungle" helped the album gain attention globally.


The follow-up album, "Burnin'" (1973), featured one of The Wailers' most famous songs, "I Shot the Sheriff," which gained international recognition when Eric Clapton covered it. However, internal tensions within the band led to the departure of Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer in 1974.


Despite the departure of key members, Bob Marley continued with a new lineup under the name "Bob Marley and the Wailers." The band released acclaimed albums like "Natty Dread" (1974), "Rastaman Vibration" (1976), and "Exodus" (1977). "Exodus" included hits like "One Love" and "Three Little Birds" and is considered one of the greatest reggae albums of all time.



Tragically, Bob Marley passed away from cancer in 1981. Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh pursued solo careers, with Tosh achieving notable success before his untimely death in 1987.

Despite the challenges and changes over the years, The Wailers' legacy endures. Various members have continued to perform and record under the name, keeping the spirit of The Wailers and Bob Marley alive. The band's contributions to reggae music and its impact on global culture have solidified its place in music history.

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