Beverley Kelso

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Beverley Kelso
BornApril 1948
Kingston, Jamaica
Years active1963–1965
LabelsStudio One
Associated actsThe Wailers

Beverley Kelso (born April 1948)[1] is a Jamaican singer best known as an early member of The Wailers.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, she attended Miss Nembhard Preparatory School and Denham Town Primary School in Kingston.[1]

She was a backing vocalist, and one of the founding members of The Wailers (between 1963 and 1965).[2] According to Kelso, she sang on 25 tracks by the group, the last in late 1965.[1]

Kelso emigrated to the United States in 1979.[3]

The deaths of Junior Braithwaite in 1999, of Cherry Smith in 2008, and of Bunny Wailer in 2021 have left Kelso as the only surviving founding member of the Wailers.[4]

In 2012 she stated that she was planning to write a book about her time in The Wailers.[3] She now lives in Brooklyn, New York.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Beverley Kelso Gives The Wailers A Sound", Jamaica Gleaner, 30 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014
  2. ^ Moskowitz, David (2007). The Words and Music of Bob Marley. Praeger Publishers. ISBN 0-275-98935-6.
  3. ^ a b Walters, Basil (2012) "Kelso says It Hurts To Be Alone", Jamaica Observer, 5 August 2012, retrieved 6 August 2012
  4. ^ "Original Wailer Junior Braithwaite Murdered In Jamaica". Yahoo! Music. 4 June 1999. Archived from the original on 21 January 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2010.