Friday, April 15, 2016

A Melody Pure and True: Bob Marley and the Wailers with "Three Little Birds"

One of the most recognizable and loved reggae songs from a legend is on tap for the random song today. Three Little Birds is by Bob Marley and the Wailers, a reggae and ska band formed by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer in 1963. Many of the band's early songs were recorded with the aid of Lee "Scratch" Perry and his studio band The Upsetters. The Wailers were known for recording some of the most notable reggae songs in history. Tosh and Wailer left the band in 1974, leading to a revamped Wailers lineup. Marley died in 1981 of malignant melanoma, and Tosh was killed in a gang holdup at his home in 1987. While Three Little Birds was on the 1977 album Exodus, it wasn't a hit until released as a single three years later.