The Wailing Wailers

By: sonofabeach96

Oct 05 2015

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On this date, in 1975, Stevie Wonder headlined the Wonder Dream Concert in Kingston, Jamaica.  The event benefitted the Jamaican Institute for the Blind.  In addition to Stevie Wonder, Third World opened the show and a full set was played by Bob Marley, along with the original Wailers, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer.  This was the first time the original Wailers had played together since 1973, and it would turn out to be the final time.  One of the highlights of the concert was an encore by Stevie Wonder with duets with Marley of “I Shot The Sheriff” and “Superstition”.

The Wailers are actually a bit of an interesting story.  Bunny Wailer, born Neville Livingston, was a childhood friend of Bob Marley.  Eventually, Marley’s mom and Livingston’s dad became a couple, making the two step-brothers.  Peter Tosh was another original member of the Wailers and dated one of Livingston’s sisters.  He was the most musically inclined member of the band, self-taught actually, and taught the other members of the Wailers instrument playing.  His recording career was surrounded by conflict with record execs and he often thought he was being stymied by their influence over his music.  He was killed in a home invasion in 1987.

The three would become some of the most influential reggae artists of their time and proud promoters of and devotees of Rastafari, including the spiritual use of cannabis.

Songs of the day:

“Superstition” by Stevie Wonder

“Cool Meditations” by Third World

“I Shot The Sheriff” by Bob Marley

“Legalize It” by Peter Tosh

“Cool and Deadly” by Bunny Wailer

“I’m Still Waiting” by The Wailing Wailers

12 comments on “The Wailing Wailers”

  1. interesting post…I love that you bring back great memories…thanks….kat

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  2. It’s interesting that Peter Tosh was killed on a September 11 (1987). An ominous date, I don’t remember much beyond a news flash but it was a huge story shrouded by mystery and conspiracy theories. All of these came out much later in the years following his death. It was almost as if he was martyred. There is an intense feeling of dread hanging over his legacy. There are people who still believe he is more talented than Bob but that he was less into the glitz, which was why he remained a homegrown prodigy. Of course, the news media being what it was, and our society being so conservative, the most unattractive details would have been suppressed. These days, we’d have had every single detail replayed in documentaries well before his funeral. I went to school with some abovementioned legends’ nieces and socialised with their children. They are fascinatingly normal. Thank you for sharing this. x

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