Today in #BlackHistory , Reggae artist #PeterTosh was born in rural Jamaica on October 19, 1944. There, he started the band the Wailers with #BobMarley and #BunnyWailer , and the 3 rose to fame as successful #musicians . Tosh enjoyed musical success after leaving #theWailers and embarking on a solo career. Tosh was killed during an attempted robbery at his Jamaican home in 1987.
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Internationally renowned reggae artist Peter Tosh was born Winston Hubert McIntosh on October 19, 1944, in Westmoreland, Jamaica, to a pair of parents too young to raise him. Instead, Tosh was raised by his aunt in Grange Hill. Early in his childhood, and inspired by American radio stations, Tosh exhibited a talent for #singing and learned how to play #guitar — one he stole from his mother's church, according to a review by the Los Angeles Review of Books of Colin Grant's The Natural Mystics: Marley, Tosh and Walker.
In the early 1960s, Tosh moved from the countryside to the Trench Town slum of Kingston and began selling sugarcane juice from a cart. In was then that he met Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley) and Neville O'Riley Livingston (Bunny Wailer). All three began visiting voice teacher Joe Higgs, and, as they developed their musical talents, decided to form a band called The Wailers in 1962.
The trio started out playing covers of American pop hits. As they slowly rose to fame, The Wailers' sound changed and they became "masters of the slinky, driving rhythm known as reggae," according to the Review of Books. By the early 1970s, The Wailers, who had expanded by several new members, were, according to an article in The New York Times, "the most popular and admired of all reggae groups." From its inception to the present, The Wailers band has sold more than 250 million albums worldwide and, in England alone, released more than 20 chart hits, including seven Top 10 entries. But Tosh, along with Bunny Wailer, left the group in 1973. Tosh began producing his own music. He released his solo debut, Legalize It, in 1976 with CBS Records company.