The Wailers Band

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The Wailers are a reggae band formed by the remaining members of Bob Marley & the Wailers, following the death of Bob Marley in 1981.

The Wailers
OriginKingston, Jamaica
Years active1981–present
LabelsSony Latin, Island Records, Atlantic Records, Tabu Records, RAS Records
Associated actsBob Marley & the Wailers
The Original Wailers
MembersAston "Familyman" Barrett
Donald Kinsey
Aston Barrett Jr.
Owen "Dreadie" Reid
Josh David Barrett
Glen DaCosta
Andres Lopez
Junior Jazz
Past membersJunior Marvin
Carlton Barrett
Alvin "Seeco" Patterson
Tyrone Downie
Earl "Wire" Lindo
Al Anderson
Joe Yamanaka
Elan Atias
Anthony Watson
Chico Chin
Everald Gayle
Irvin "Carrot" Jarrett
Brady Walters
Basil Creary
Keith Sterling
Kevin "Yvad" Davy
Ras Mel Glover
"Drummie Zeb" Williams
Audley Chisholm
Koolant Brown
Dwayne Anglin
Ceegee Victory
Javaughn Bond
Shema McGregor


The Wailers began as Bob Marley, Bunny Livingston and Peter Tosh. Following the 1974 parting of The Wailers, Bob Marley proceeded with his group Bob Marley & The Wailers, with the Wailers Band as the backing band, and the I Threes (Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, & Marcia Griffiths) as backup vocalists. The Wailers Band consisted of, among others, bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett and his brother, drummer Carlton "Carly" Barrett, who had been members of Lee "Scratch" Perry's studio band, The Upsetters,[1] with whom The Wailers had recorded some of their most notable songs.

After the death of Bob Marley in 1981, the Wailers Band was led by Aston Barrett and Junior Marvin. The band continued to play a heavy worldwide touring schedule. Carlton "Carly" Barrett, 36, was tragically murdered at his Jamaica home in 1987.

In 2008 former Wailers Al Anderson and Junior Marvin formed The Original Wailers, with the latter departing in 2011.

2010s-present: Reunion tour & new albumEdit

In 2014, The Wailers embarked on worldwide "Legend Tour", marking the 30th anniversary of the release of the best-selling reggae album of all time.

In 2015, Aston "Familyman" Barrett began the process of reuniting past members of the Wailers. Shows occurred in South America which included past members such as Barrett, Al Anderson, and Tyrone Downie. The Wailers performed in India for the first time.[2] A US and UK tour took place in 2016.

On August 21, 2020, The Wailers released One World, their first sutdio album in over 25 years.[3] The album includes the single "One World, One Prayer", co-written and produced by Emilio Estefan, featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy, and Cedella Marley.

Band MembersEdit

The Wailers Reunited (2016)

Current Band (2020)[4]

  • Aston "Familyman" Barrett - bass
  • Aston Barrett Jr. - drums
  • Donald Kinsey - lead guitar
  • Owen "Dreadie" Reid - rhythm guitar
  • Josh David Barrett - lead vocals
  • Andres Lopez - keyboards
  • Glen Dacosta - saxophone
  • Junior Jazz - guitar


Studio albumsEdit

Live albumsEdit

  • Legend Tour (Live) (1984)
  • Lives On (Live) (1995)
  • My Friends (Live '95-'97) (1997)
  • Live at Maritime Hall (1999)
  • Live In Jamaica (2001)
  • Live (2003)
  • Legend Live (2006)

With other artistsEdit

  • Reggae Vibration with Joe Yamanaka (1982)
  • Reggae Vibration 2 with Joe Yamanaka (1983)
  • It's About Time, with John Denver (1983)
  • Reggae Vibration 3 with Joe Yamanaka (1984)
  • Watchful Eyes Acclaimed LP for Jah Mel (1983)
  • "Makisupa Policeman" for Sharin' in the Groove (2001)
  • My Beautiful Garden, Donald & Lulu with The Wailers (1982)
  • Jerusalem (Alpha Blondy album) (1986)
  • Inkarnation, Iya Karna album with the Wailers (1986)
  • Real Joy, Ludovic DeBarboza And The Wailers (1987)
  • "A Step for Mankind" with Duane Stephenson & Bishop Lamont, Solutions for Dreamers: Season 3 (2010)[5]
  • HiFi Calypso, with Karl Zéro (2004)

Guest singlesEdit

Year Single Artist Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country US CAN
2008 "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" Kenny Chesney 1 41 49 Lucky Old Sun
2012 "Al Leila Ya Samra" Mohamed Mounir Arabiac Studio
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Music videosEdit

Year Video Director
2008 "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" (with Kenny Chesney) Shaun Silva
2010 "A Step for Mankind" (feat. Duane Stephenson & Bishop Lamont) Luke Archer [5]
2013 "Spread The Love" (with Kenny Chesney) Shaun Silva


  1. ^ Lee Scratch Perry Interview, New Musical Express, 17 November 1984
  2. ^ "Wailers break ground in India", Jamaica Observer, 28 October 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015
  3. ^ "THE WAILERS RELEASE NEW ALBUM, ONE WORLD, TODAY!". The Wailers. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  4. ^ "The Band". The Wailers. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  5. ^ a b ""A Step for Mankind" by the Wailers (Music Video)". Oniric Records. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2015. The single is "A Step for Mankind" by the Wailers featuring Duane Stephenson and Bishop Lamont. It is featured on Oniric Records' "Solutions for Dreamers : Season 3" benefit compilation album for the United Nations World Food Programme. Enjoy this beautiful Music Video put together by director Luke Archer.
  6. ^ "American single certifications – Kenny Chesney – Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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