When Neville Livingstone aka Bunny Wailer invited his stepbrother Robert Marley, and close friend Peter Tosh to form a band called The Wailing Wailers, no one could have envisaged that it would become the most important band in the history or Reggae Music. The main reason for this was it was 1963, and the music genre of reggae had yet to be invented.
Fast forward a decade to 1973, and the trio now known as The Wailers were embarking on their inaugural tour of Britain, to promote their first album for Island Records, Catch a Fire. It was followed up a few months later by the album Burnin’.
Both albums were mixed and finished inside the studios of Island Records in Basing Street. It would be the last albums the trio recorded under the original line up. Four years later with a change of personnel, with Bob now at the helm, and new name – Bob Marley and the Wailers – the seminal album Exodus was recorded at Island Studios.
The album would eventually become voted by Time Magazine as the Best Album of 20th Century.
To celebrate the musical life and achievements of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, a Blue heritage plaque is to be installed on the former Island Studios in Basing Street.
The installation ceremony will take place on Friday, 4th October at 6:30pm in the evening, and will be attended by special guests and famous personalities from all over the world. The unveiling will be followed by a special reception/after party at the Mau Mau Bar, 265 Portobello Road, W11 1LR (from 8pm until midnight), where there will be musical tribute to Bob, Peter and Bunny delivered by various guest and celebrity DJs.
Where: 8-10 Basing Street, Notting Hill, London, W11 1ET (formerly Island studios)
Date: 4th October 2019
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