Peter Tosh: The Bayou, Washington, DC, March 14, 1979

The date is March 14, 1979 and Peter Tosh is in Washington, DC to play The Bayou.  The afternoon before the show, he enters WHFS studios for an interview and short performance.

This show, recorded for the King Biscuit Flower Hour in 1979, was during the tour promoting Tosh’s hit album, Don’t Look Back. Tosh had fallen under the spotlight of the Glimmer Twins, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who collaborated with Tosh and produced the critically and commercially acclaimed LP. Jagger sang a duet with Tosh on the title track, a remake of an old Temptations song that Tosh actually first recorded with The Wailers. The Stones had a lot to do with introducing Tosh to the world by putting him on their tour as the opening act.

Although the association with Jagger and Richards gave Tosh considerable exposure, Tosh would later scorn Jagger and Richards for not continuing their support and for returning back to their primary duties as Rolling Stone members, and Tosh’s subsequent albums on the Stones label did not get the same level of support. By the early 80s, Tosh had become a cult reggae artist in the US, but remained a superstar in his native Jamaica and in Europe.

Highlights of this show include a blistering Wailers’ standard “400 Years,” which is grouped with “The Stepping Razor” to make for a powerful opening segment. Tosh offers a fifteen minute medley of “Soon Come / I’m the Toughest /Bush Doctor,” closing with a killer version of “Don’t Look Back (You’ve Gotta Walk)” and a nearly twelve-minute rendition of his classic pro-pot song “Legalize It.”

Wolfgang’s Vault offers a nice presentation and review of the Bayou performance, though incomplete.

Also, a review of the show from the Baltimore Sun (thanks Fred at for the article).

I have included the show in lossless (FLAC) audio for download.

Many thanks to my good friend Fred for coming through with the lossless audio.  Please visit his website at  Best and most informative Peter Tosh archive on the web.

Also many thanks to my good friend Kinkywas Enrique Cabrera Romano from Reggae Traders for always coming through with the Tosh audio.  Keep ’em coming my friend!

And I cannot leave out Dubwise Garage who originally seeded a lot of Tosh shows years ago.

So many good friends of the Midnight Raver Blog make sure we put out only the very best quality audio.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Peter Tosh
Live at The Bayou, Washington, DC
March 14, 1979

01: 400 Years>
02: Stepping Razor
03: Pick Myself Up
04: African
05: Burial
06: Soon Come
07: I’m The Toughest
08: Bush Doctor (spliced/reel change)
09: Don’t Look Back
10: Get Up, Stand Up
11: Legalize It


Photo by Lee Jaffe

8 thoughts on “Peter Tosh: The Bayou, Washington, DC, March 14, 1979

  1. Pingback: ‘Tosh brings king’s music to Georgetown,’ March 23, 1979 « Midnight Raver

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