List of Bob Marley and the Wailers band members

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Bob Marley and the Wailers
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Bob Marley and the Wailers performing at Crystal Palace, London (1980)
Background information
Origin Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae, ska, rocksteady
Years active 1963–1981
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 were a Jamaican reggae band created by Bob Marley. The band formed when self-taught musician Hubert Winston McIntosh (Peter Tosh) met Neville Livingston (Bunny Wailer), and Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley) in 1963 and taught them how to play guitar, keyboards, and percussion. By late 1963 Junior Braithwaite, Beverley Kelso, and Cherry Smith had joined the Wailers. After Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer left the band in 1974, Bob Marley began touring with new band members. His new backing band included brothers Carlton Barrett and Aston "Family Man" Barrett on drums and bass respectively, 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.

Full members[edit]

Bob Marley
Active: 1963–1981
Instruments: vocals, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion
Release contributions: all releases
Peter Tosh
Active: 1963–1974
Instruments: vocals, guitar, piano, organ
Release contributions: all releases from The Wailing Wailers (1965) until Burnin' (1973)
Bunny Wailer
Active: 1963–1974
Instruments: vocals, congas, bongos
Release contributions: all releases from The Wailing Wailers (1965) until Burnin' (1973)
Junior Braithwaite
Active: 1963–1964
Instruments: vocals
Release contributions: The Wailing Wailers (1965)
Cherry Smith
Active: 1963–1964, 1965–1966
Instruments: backing vocals
Release contributions: The Wailing Wailers (1965)
Beverley Kelso
Active: 1964–1965
Instruments: backing vocals
Release contributions: The Wailing Wailers (1965)
Constantine Walker
Active: 1966
Instruments: backing vocals
Release contributions: none
Aston Barrett
Active: 1970–1981
Instruments: bass guitar, guitar, percussion, keyboards, piano
Release contributions: all releases from Soul Rebels (1970) until Confrontation (1983)
Carlton Barrett
Active: 1970–1981
Instruments: drums, percussion
Release contributions: all releases from Soul Rebels (1970) until Confrontation (1983)
Earl Lindo
Active: 1973, 1978–1981
Instruments: keyboards, clavinet, organ, percussion, backing vocals
Release contributions: Burnin' (1973), Survival (1979), Uprising (1980) and Confrontation (1983)
Tyrone Downie
Active: 1974–1981
Instruments: organ, keyboards, bass guitar, percussion, backing vocals
Release contributions: Catch a Fire (1973) and all releases from Rastaman Vibration (1976) until Confrontation (1983)
Rita Marley
Active: 1974–1981
Instruments: backing vocals
Release contributions: Catch a Fire (1973) and all releases from Natty Dread (1974) until Confrontation (1983)
Marcia Griffiths
Active: 1974–1981
Instruments: backing vocals
Release contributions: Catch a Fire (1973) and all releases from Natty Dread (1974) until Confrontation (1983)
Judy Mowatt
Active: 1974–1981
Instruments: backing vocals
Release contributions: all releases from Natty Dread (1974) until Confrontation (1983)
Al Anderson
Active: 1974–1975, 1978-1981
Instruments: lead guitar, rhythm guitar
Release contributions: Natty Dread (1974), Rastaman Vibration (1976), Survival (1979), Uprising (1980)
Alvin Patterson
Active: 1975–1981
Instruments: percussion
Release contributions: Catch a Fire (1973), Burnin' (1973), Rastaman Vibration (1976), Exodus (1977), Kaya (1978), Uprising (1980) and Confrontation (1983)
Earl "Chinna" Smith
Active: 1975-1976
Instruments: lead guitar, rhythm guitar, percussion
Release contributions: Rastaman Vibration (1976)
Donald Kinsey
Active: 1975-1976
Instruments: lead guitar
Release contributions: Rastaman Vibration (1976)
Junior Marvin
Active: 1977–1981
Instruments: lead guitar, backing vocals
Release contributions: all releases from Exodus (1977) until Confrontation (1983)

Touring members[edit]

Joe Higgs
Active: 1973
Instruments: vocals, percussion
Lee Jaffe
Active: 1974–1975
Instruments: harmonica

Session musicians[edit]

Hugh Malcolm
Active: 1967–1972
Instruments: drums, percussion
Release contributions:
Alva "Reggie" Lewis
Instruments: guitar
Release contributions: Soul Rebels (1970) and Soul Revolution (1971)
Glen Adams
Instruments: keyboard
Release contributions: Soul Rebels (1970) and Soul Revolution (1971)
Robbie Shakespeare
Instruments: bass guitar
Release contributions: Catch a Fire (1973)
Wayne Perkins
Instruments: lead guitar
Release contributions: Catch a Fire (1973)
John "Rabbit" Bundrick
Instruments: synthesizer, clavinet, organ
Release contributions: Catch a Fire (1973)
Chris Karen
Instruments: percussion
Release contributions: Catch a Fire (1973)
Winston Wright
Instruments: percussion
Release contributions: Catch a Fire (1973)
Bernard "Touter" Harvey
Instruments: piano, organ
Release contributions: Natty Dread (1974)
Vin Gordon
Instruments: saxophone
Release contributions: Kaya (1978)
Glen Da Costa
Instruments: trumpet, saxophone
Release contributions: Kaya (1978), Confrontation (1983)
David Madden
Instruments: trumpet
Release contributions: Kaya (1978), Confrontation (1983)
Carlton "Santa" Davis
Instruments: drums
Release contributions: Confrontation (1983)
Devon Evans
Instruments: percussion
Release contributions: Confrontation (1983)
Ronald "Nambo" Robinson
Instruments: trombone
Release contributions: Confrontation (1983)

Line-ups[edit]

c. 1964
c. 1965
  • Bob Marley – vocals
  • Peter Tosh – vocals
  • Bunny Wailer – vocals
  • Beverley Kelso – backing vocals
  • Cherry Smith – backing vocals
c. 1966
1966–1970
  • Bob Marley – vocals
  • Peter Tosh – vocals
  • Bunny Wailer – vocals
  • Rita Marley – backing vocals
1970–1972
  • Bob Marley – vocals, guitar
  • Peter Tosh – vocals, guitar
  • Bunny Wailer – vocals, percussion
  • Aston Barrett – bass guitar
  • Carlton Barrett – drums
1973
  • Bob Marley – vocals, guitar
  • Peter Tosh – vocals, guitar
  • Bunny Wailer – vocals, percussion
  • Earl Lindo – keyboards
  • Aston Barrett – bass guitar
  • Carlton Barrett – drums
1974
  • Bob Marley – vocals, guitar
  • Peter Tosh – vocals, guitar
  • Bunny Wailer – vocals, percussion
  • Tyrone Downie – keyboards
  • Aston Barrett – bass guitar
  • Carlton Barrett – drums
1974–1975
  • Bob Marley – vocals, guitar
  • Rita Marley – backing vocals
  • Judy Mowatt – backing vocals
  • Marcia Griffiths – backing vocals
  • Al Anderson – lead guitar
  • Tyrone Downie – keyboards
  • Aston Barrett – bass guitar
  • Carlton Barrett – drums
  • Alvin Patterson – percussion
1975–1976
  • Bob Marley – vocals, guitar
  • Rita Marley – backing vocals
  • Judy Mowatt – backing vocals
  • Marcia Griffiths – backing vocals
  • Earl "Chinna" Smith – guitar
  • Donald Kinsey – lead guitar
  • Tyrone Downie – keyboards
  • Aston Barrett – bass guitar
  • Carlton Barrett – drums
  • Alvin Patterson – percussion
1977
  • Bob Marley – vocals, guitar
  • Rita Marley – backing vocals
  • Judy Mowatt – backing vocals
  • Marcia Griffiths – backing vocals
  • Junior Marvin – guitar
  • Tyrone Downie – keyboards
  • Aston Barrett – bass guitar
  • Carlton Barrett – drums
  • Alvin Patterson – percussion
1978–1981
  • Bob Marley – vocals, guitar
  • Rita Marley – backing vocals
  • Judy Mowatt – backing vocals
  • Marcia Griffiths – backing vocals
  • Junior Marvin – guitar
  • Al Anderson – guitar
  • Tyrone Downie – keyboards
  • Earl Lindo – keyboards
  • Aston Barrett – bass guitar
  • Carlton Barrett – drums
  • Alvin Patterson – percussion

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