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Happy Birthday, Peter Tosh!

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Peter Tosh (1944-1987), Jamaican reggae musician and singer, singing into a microphone during a live concert performance, circa 1985. Tosh was a member of the band The Wailers between 1963 and 1974 before enjoying a successful solo career. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Peter Tosh (1944-1987), in 1985. Tosh was a member of the band The Wailers between 1963 and 1974 before enjoying a successful solo career. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Legendary Jamaican reggae musician and core founding member of The Wailers, Peter Tosh would have been 69 today (Saturday October 19th).

In the early 1960s, Winston McIntosh (Peter Tosh) met Robert Marley (Bob Marley) and Neville Livingston (Bunny Wailer). With other harmonizing singers, they became The Wailing Wailers in 1964, with Tosh as the only member who could play self-taught musical instruments. By 1967, the three became very involved with Rastafari faith; Tosh taught Marley the guitar and they became The Wailers as we know them today. Tosh wrote many of the Wailers’ hit songs such as “Get Up, Stand Up”, “400 Years”, and “No Sympathy”.

In 1976, Tosh began his solo career with his debut of Legalize It. The title track soon became popular among endorsers of marijuana legalization, reggae music lovers and Rastafarians all over the world. Obviously, it is a fan-favorite.

His life was cut short in 1987 from a gun shot to the head by robbers in his home in Jamaica.

Rest in Peace, Petey…

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