The Wailers

Biography

THE WAILERS – Band Member Information & Online Links The Marley & Wailers Connection Official Links: www.thewailers.net ♪ Twitter: @WailersReunited ♪ Instagram: @thewailersofficial ♪ Facebook.com/wailersband Aston “Familyman” Barrett - Bass & Band Leader - aka “Fams” • Co-founder and Musical Director of The Wailers band since 1969. • With brother, co-founder, and drummer Carlton “Carly” Barrett, the rhythm duo led The Hippy Boys and Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Upsetters, Jamaica’s leading show and dance bands of the 1960s. • Bob Marley invited the brothers to Perry’s Ark Studio in 1969 and soon invited them to be part of the Wailers, with Bob, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. • Mentored Aswad’s Brinsley Forde, Sly & Robbie’s Robbie Shakespeare, and Bob Marley’s son Julian Marley, among others. • From Bob Marley & The Wailers’ 1974 debut album Natty Dread until Bob’s passing in 1981, Familyman was Bob’s partner and friend. • Bob Marley & The Wailers’ first recorded performance was at London’s Lyceum Ballroom in 1975, and later released as the album Live!. • Familyman is credited on several BMW recordings as co-writer, co-producer and co-arranger. • Received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from Bass Player Magazine. • Contributed to Bob Marley & The Wailers being named Band of the Year by Rolling Stone Magazine in 1976; 1977’s Exodus album being named Album of the Century by Time Magazine in 1999; and the song “One Love” named Song of the Millennium by the BBC in 2000. Julian Junior Marvin - Lead Guitar & Vocals • Born Donald Hanson Marvin Kerr, Jr. in Jamaica, Junior moved to London at nine years old. • Appeared in the Beatles’ movie Help, and was a member of the London cast of the musical Hair. • Inspired by Jimi Hendrix, Jr. was known as a top blues/rock guitarist who performed with American icons, such as Ike & Tina Turner, Billy Preston, and Blues legend T-Bone Walker. • On Valentine’s Day 1977, Junior was invited to play with Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley on the same day; he chose Bob Marley because family and friends suggested he should, noting they were both from Jamaica. • Joining Bob Marley & The Wailers in 1977, Junior’s first recording was Exodus, named Best Album of the 20th Century by Time Magazine. • Junior has performed on all recording since Exodus, incl. Kaya, Survival, Uprising, Babylon by Bus, Confrontation, and Legend. • After moving to Washington, DC in the late ‘90s, Junior had his own radio show on Sirius XM’s The Joint called “Marley Lives.” • Following Bob’s passing in 1981, Junior toured with the Wailers, as lead singer and lead guitar, until 1997. • In 2013, following stints with The Original Wailers with Al Anderson & The Wailers with Familyman Barrett, Junior formed Junior Marvin’s Wailers. Donald Kinsey - Lead Guitar • Acclaimed American guitarist from Gary, Indiana, home of the Jackson Five. • Donald is the son of legendary Chicago Blues legend, Big Daddy Kinsey, and was a member of Big Daddy Kinsey and the Kinsey Report. • At the age of 15, Donald was given the nickname “BB King, Jr.”; by 18, he was playing with Blues legend Albert King. • Donald met Bob Marley at a combined Island Records press party for Bob and Donald’s band White Lightnin’ in the mid-70s. • Joined Bob Marley & The Wailers in 1976 to record Rastaman Vibration at Criteria studios in Miami, FL. • Donald toured with Peter Tosh following the release of Legalize It, an album he performed on, as well as Mama Africa and Bush Doctor. • Following Donald’s guidance, Peter Tosh reluctantly recorded “Johnny B. Goode,” and it soon became one of Peter’s favorite tracks. • In 1976, Donald was with Marley in the 56 Hope Rd. kitchen when gunmen broke and attempted to assassinate Bob and his crew while rehearsing for the Smile Jamaica concert; he escaped uninjured. • Following Smile Jamaica, Donald took a break from The Wailers to work with Tosh, and later reunited with Bob in 1979. Aston Barrett, Jr. - Drums • Son of legendary bassist and Wailers band co-founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett • Aston’s uncle is the iconic drummer and co-founder of The Wailers, Carlton “Carly” Barrett and his maternal grandfather is Joe Higgs, the godfather of the Trench Town sound, renowned singer, producer, and mentor. • The multi-talented Aston Jr. plays drums, bass, keyboards, organ, and guitar; also a studio co-owner, producer and arranger. • A result of studying his famous uncle’s drumming style, Aston Jr. has captured the complex feel that marked The Wailers booming bottom, and clearly marked him as the singular, next generation Carly Barrett. • The first stage show for an 8-year-old Barrett was performing with I-Three member Judy Mowatt at an all girls’ high school in Kingston. • Aston Jr. began playing the Hammond B3 organ in church as a 13-year-old protégé. • Along with his father, the two Barrett’s created the musical soundtrack for the documentary Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend. • Before joining The Wailers i