Born OTD in 1944, Peter Tosh of the Wailers. In 1964 Tosh helped organize the band the Wailing Wailers, with Junior Braithwaite, a falsetto singer, and backup singers Beverley Kelso and Cherry Smith. Initially, Tosh was the only one in the group who could play musical instruments. According to Bunny Wailer, Tosh was critical to the band because he was a self-taught guitarist & keyboardist, and thus became an inspiration for the other band members to learn to play. The Wailing Wailers had a major ska hit with their first single, “Simmer Down”, and recorded several more successful singles before Braithwaite, Kelso and Smith left the band in late 1965.

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“..And the Rasta language rapidly evolved into its unique take on English that was both as Jamaican as possible and shot through with the blackest of humour as it absorbed the most arid of puns – the late Peter Tosh would perpetually refer to Island Records’ then-owner Chris Blackwell as Chris Whiteworst.”

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