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by Earl Lindo
Earl Lindo (1953 to 2017) was a Jamaican 'reggae' musician. Earl Wilberforce Lindo was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on January 7th 1953. While attending the city's Excelsior High School, he played with Barry Biggs, Mikey 'Boo' Richards and Ernest Wilson in the 'Astronauts', and later played organ in the band 'Now Generation', as well as with 'Tommy McCook and the Supersonics' and 'The Meters'. Aston 'Familyman' Barrett heard his musical talent and recommended him to the 'JBC' television station to play on a Saturday afternoon television programme called "Where It's At". Lindo also spent his early days working at Coxsone Dodd's 'Studio One', where he played keyboards on innumerable recordings. Sometimes referred to as 'Wya' or 'Wire', he was a member of 'Bob Marley and the Wailers' from the time of their US tour in 1973 (also playing on their 1973 album "Burnin'") until about a year later, when he left to join Taj Mahal's band. He also collaborated with numerous other 'reggae' artists, including 'Burning Spear', 'Big Youth', 'Culture', 'I Roy' and Al Brown, and can be heard on an album credited to the 'Impact All-Stars', released in 1975 as a collection of 'dub' tracks recorded at 'Randy's Studio 17'. Lindo then had some success with two solo singles, "No Soul Today" and "Who Done It", but in 1978 rejoined 'The Wailers', playing on the albums "Babylon by Bus", "Survival" and "Uprising" and remaining a member of 'The Wailers Band' after Marley's death in 1981. He eventually moved full time to London, England, though he still continued to play with 'The Wailers Band' on tours for the rest of his life, during which time he and his wife Marie had two daughters together. Earl Lindo died in a London hospital on September 4th 2017, aged 64. http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/bob-marley-keyboardist-wailer-wya-lindo-dies
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_Lindo
Posted: 7th October 2017
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Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away every year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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