The Wailers

Genres: Pop / Rock Reggae
Descriptive "tags": reggae roots reggae ska rocksteady 60s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s


Formed 1957 in Tacoma, Washington, USA, the Wailers were a tough rock ‘n’ roll band which became extremely popular in the Pacific Northwest region of the USA in the late 50s and early 60s. The Wailers were contemporaries of the Kingsmen, Paul Revere And The Raiders and the Sonics, all of whom also specialized in ‘garage-rock’. The Wailers comprised John Greek (1945, USA: guitar) and Richard Dangel (d. 3 December 2002; guitar), Mark Marush (saxophone), Mike Burk (drums) and Kent Morrill (piano/vocals). Signed to Golden Crest Records, their first single, ‘Tall Cool One’, made the US Top 40; the follow-up single, ‘Mau-Mau’, was not as successful, although ‘Tall Cool One’ enjoyed a second chart run in 1964. The group formed its own Etiquette Records in 1960 and, with Rockin’ Robin Roberts on vocals, recorded a version of ‘Louie Louie’ - the group claims it was the first from that region to record the...

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