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Bob Marley and the Wailers
Bob Marley and the Wailers performing at Crystal Palace, London (1980)
Background information
Also known as Bob Marley & the Wailers, The Teenagers, The Wailing Rudeboys, The Wailing Wailers, The Wailers
Origin Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae, ska, rocksteady, R&B
Years active 1963–1981
Labels Studio One, Wail'n Soul'm, Tuff Gong, Beverley's, Upsetter, Island, JAD
Associated acts Bob Marley, The Upsetters, Word, Sound and Power, The Wailers Band, The Original Wailers
Past members Bob Marley
Peter Tosh
Bunny Wailer
Junior Braithwaite
Cherry Smith
Beverley Kelso
Constantine Walker
Aston Barrett
Carlton Barrett
Earl Lindo
Tyrone Downie
Rita Marley
Marcia Griffiths
Judy Mowatt
Al Anderson
Alvin Patterson
Earl "Chinna" Smith
Donald Kinsey
Junior Marvin

Bob Marley and the Wailers (also known as Bob Marley & the Wailers) were a Jamaican reggae band led by Bob Marley. It developed from the earlier ska vocal group, The Wailers, created by Peter Tosh, Marley, and Bunny Wailer in 1963. By late 1963 singers Junior Braithwaite, Beverley Kelso, and Cherry Smith had joined on. By the early 1970s, Marley and Bunny Wailer had learned to play some instruments, and brothers Aston "Family Man" Barrett (bass) and Carlton Barrett (drums), had joined the band. After Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh left the band in 1974, Marley began touring with new band members as Bob Marley and the Wailers. His new backing band included the 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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