JUNIOR FRANKLIN BRAITHWAITE

1949 – 1999

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Who was JUNIOR FRANKLIN BRAITHWAITE?

ORIGINAL WAILING WAILER, ARTIST AND FOUNDATION TO REGGAE MUSIC AND HISTORY. LIFE FRIEND AND CONFIDANT TO RAS CARDO, BOB MARLEY, PETER TOSH, AND ALL THE ORIGINAL REGGAE TRENCH TOWN WAILERS. HIMSELF AND RAS CARDO WERE FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PROTECTION OF BOB MARLEY WHEN HE FIRST CAME INTO TRENCH TOWN. IT WAS JUNIOR AND RAS CARDO WHO WERE THE FIRST PIONEER WAILING WAILERS IN TRENCH TOWN WITH GARTH DENNIS OF WAILING SOULS. THEY WERE THE ONES WHO PASSED THE REGGAE TORCH TO BOB WHEN HE WANTED TO FORM HIS GROUP WITH BUNNY AND PETER. THEY HELPED BOB TO GET JOE HIGGS AS THE TUTOR AND WITH SEECO AND CARDO THEY HELPED BOB TO BEGIN HIS MUSICAL CAREER.

JUNIOR AND CARDO ARE TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR HELPING BOB MARLEY TO SET HIS MUSICAL FOOT FIRMLY ON THE GROUND. JUNIOR LATER SANG ON MANY ALBUMS WHICH ALSO INCLUDED HIS LAST ONE WITH BUNNY WAILER BEFORE HE WAS KILLED. HE SANG LEAD ON THE FIRST WAILERS HIT SONG- IT HURTS TO BE ALONE. HE SANG LEAD ON THE SONG- HABITS- AND STRAIGHT AND NARROW, AS WELL AS SIMMER DOWN WITH CARDO AND THE CREW IN HARMONY AT COXSONE STUDIOS IN THE EARLY SIXTIES. JUNIOR AND CARDO WROTE AND SANG THE FIRST EVER- REGGAE SONG- WHICH TO THIS DAY THEY HAVE NOT PUBLICLY REVEALED. TOOTS TRIED TO STEAL THEIR CREATIONS, BUT DID NOT KNOW THAT THE WORD WAS SPELT AS RAS CARDO HAD CREATED IT-REGGAE. WITHOUT CARDO AND JUNIOR THERE WOULD BE NO BOB MARLEY AND HIS GROUP WITH BUNNY AND PETER. RAS CARDO HAS VOWED TO FIND THE TRUE KILLERS OF JUNIOR WHO STILL ROAM FREE. CARDO ARCHIVES IS FILLED WITH UNRELEASED MATERIALS BETWEEN JUNIOR AND HIMSELF OVER

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Born
Apr 1, 1949
TRENCH TOWN, JAMAICA
Died
Jun 1, 1999
KINGSTON, JAMAICA
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