Toppa Top 15: Edward Seaga Selects 15 Jamaican Music Classics

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November 6, 2012

5. Bob Marley & The Wailers, “Trenchtown Rock” (1971)

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Some of the memorable songs of the Wailers were recorded with Lee “Scratch” Perry and his studio band, The Upsetters. During the early 1970s, The Upsetters members Aston “Family Man” Barrett and his brother, Carlton (Carlie) Barrett, formed the Wailers Band, providing instrumental backing for The Wailers. “Trench Town Rock” was one of the many songs that were included in those sessions. It became one of the most popular early reggae hits that Bob wrote and produced. The Wailers disbanded in 1974 due to Tosh and Livingston’s refusal to tour. Bob Marley formed Bob Marley & The Wailers with Bob Marley himself as guitarist, songwriter and main singer, the Wailers Band as the backing band (with Junior Marvin and Al Anderson playing lead guitar, Tyrone Downine and Earl “Wya” Lindo playing keyboards and Alvin “Seeco” Patterson, as percussionist) and the I-Threes,ย consisting of Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths, as backup vocalists.

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