On Saturday, November 29, 2014, the Wailers band led by original bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett, will play the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem, NYC 35 years after Bob Marley and the Wailers made their debut at the historic venue in 1979. Bob Marley and the Wailers played an historic run of shows from October 26-29, 1979, performing two shows each of the four nights. This was Marley’s first real attempt at targeting his music to black music fans in the U.S., many of whom were not familiar with his music as US urban radio at the time was playing mostly soul and R&B. George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic opened several shows with female vocalist Betty Wright opening the rest.
I found these photos, many of which have never been released, in a box of reggae memorabilia given to me by Bob Marley fanatic and founder of RAS Records Doctor Dread.
Many thanks to my good friend Patrick in Germany for helping me restore the photos, many of which were not even viewable.
To download lossless audio recordings of several of these shows CLICK HERE!
CLICK on any photo to enlarge.
Here is a review of the show by Ken Emerson which appeared in the New York Times on October 27, 1979.