The Wailers Band

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

The Wailers Band
OriginKingston, Jamaica
Years active1981–present
LabelsIsland Records, Atlantic Records, Tabu Records, RAS Records
Associated actsBob Marley & the Wailers
The Original Wailers
MembersAston "Family Man" Barrett
Aston Barrett, Jr.
Junior Marvin
Donald Kinsey
Owen "Dreadie" Reid
Josh David Barrett
Javaughn Bond
Shema McGregor
Glen DaCosta
Past membersCarlton 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

Previous Wailers' incarnations

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.

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

In 2015 they performed in India for the first time.[2]

In 2015, 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. An Oct 2016 US tour recently took place, and a UK tour will soon follow.

The Wailers Reunited (2016)

2019 Touring Band:[3]

  • Aston "Family Man" 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 albums

Live albums

  • 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 Artists

Guest singles

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 MounirArabiac Studio
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Music videos

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 [4]
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 Band". The Wailers. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  4. ""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.
  5. "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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