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Peter Tosh

Peter Tosh (October 9, 1944 – September 11, 1987) was a pioneer reggae musician, as well as a militant, well-read, trailblazing Rastafari.

Born Winston Hubert McIntosh, young Peter grew up in Trenchtown, a slum within the Jamaican capital, Kingston. His short-fuse temper usually kept him in trouble, earning him the nickname Stepping Razor, after a song written by Joe Higgs, an early mentor. He began to sing and learn guitar at a young age, inspired by the American stations he could pick up on his radio.

He often struggled in Jamaica with his group the Wailers (a ...read more

Peter Tosh (October 9, 1944 – September 11, 1987) was a pioneer reggae musician, as well as a militant, well-read, trailblazing Rastafari.

Born Winston Hubert McIntosh, young Peter grew up in Trenchtown, a slum within the Jamaican capital, Kingston. His short-fuse temper usually kept him in trouble, earning him the nickname Stepping Razor, after a song written by Joe Higgs, an early mentor. He began to sing and learn guitar at a young age, inspired by the American stations he could pick up on his radio.

He often struggled in Jamaica with his group the Wailers (aka the Wailing Wailers - the group included Bunny Wailer and the world-renowned Bob Marley). Tosh joined them on a tour of England in 1972. This was to become his first step to world fame, as during this trip the group signed with Chris Blackwells' Island Records. Their first album for this record label was the classic LP Catch A Fire. This album represented an entirely new breed of reggae, which meshed Jamaican roots riddims with American soul music and British rock.

A tour of America and Britain followed as well as several successful albums. However, tension grew within the group, especially between Peter Tosh and Bob Marley, as Tosh witnessed Marley's persona within the group overshadow his own. Both Tosh and Bunny Wailer left in '75 in pursuit of solo careers.

Tosh's solo career included a series of major hits. « hide

Similar Bands: Bunny Wailer, Bad Brains, Barrington Levy, Bob Marley & The Wailers

LPs
No Nuclear War
1987

3.4
12 Votes
Mama Africa
1983

3.7
21 Votes
Wanted Dread & Alive
1981

3.6
11 Votes
Mystic Man
1979

3.6
10 Votes
Bush Doctor
1978

3.3
2 Votes
Equal Rights
1977

4.1
42 Votes
Legalize It
1976

4.2
130 Votes
Live Albums
Live At The One Love And Peace Concert
2000

4.5
1 Votes
Compilations
The Best of Peter Tosh
2008

4.1
6 Votes
Black Dignity
2004

3
1 Votes
Super Hits
2001

3.1
7 Votes

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