The Wailers was a ska, rocksteady, and reggae group formed in Kingston, Jamaica in 1963, consisting of Junior Braithwaite, Beverley Kelso, Bunny Wailer, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Cherry Smith.
They were called variously The Teenagers, The Wailing Rudeboys, The Wailing Wailers, and finally The Wailers. By 1966, Braithwaite, Kelso, and Smith had left the band, leaving the trio of Livingston, Marley, and McIntosh.
Some of The Wailers most notable songs were recorded together with Lee "Scratch" Perry and his studio band, The Upsetters. In the early 1970s, The Upsetters members Aston "Family Man" Barrett and his brother Carlton (Carlie) Barrett , formed the Wailers Band, the backing band of The Wailers.
The Wailers recorded such groundbreaking reggae songs as, "Simmer Down", "Trenchtown Rock", "Nice Time", "Stir It Up", "Get Up, Stand Up", and many others.
The Wailers broke up in 1974, with each of the three main members going on to pursue solo careers. Bob Marley went on to international fame with Bob Marley & The Wailers (with the Wailers Band as the backing band and the I Threes as the backing vocalists). Peter Tosh had a moderately successful career, while Bunny Wailer remained relatively unknown outside of Jamaica.
Most of the group's members have since died. Marley died in 1981, Tosh in 1987, Braithwaite in 1999, and recently Smith in 2008. Bunny Wailer and Beverley Kelso are the only surviving original members of the group.
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