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Peter Tosh


Peter Tosh, ʙ Winston Hubert McIntosh 19 Oct 1944, đ 11 Sept 1987), was a devoted rastafarian and a legendary Jamaican reggae musician, known for songs as "Legalize It", "Igziabeher (Let Jah Be Praised", "Stop that Train", "Bush Doctor", "Equal Rights", "Stepping Razor", "Mama Africa" and "Get Up Stand Up" with Bob Marley. He was founding member of The Wailers, and went on to have a successful solo career after their album Burnin'. Tosh was born in Petersfield (Westmoreland, Jamaica) by parents too young to take care of him. He grew up raised by his aunt. Nicknamed 'Stepping Razor', he began to sing and learn guitar at an early age, inspired by American radio stations. After an illustrious career with The Wailers and as a solo musician and a reggae Grammy, he was murdered at his home during a robbery.
He often struggled in Jamaica with his group the Wailers (aka the Wailing Wailers - the group included Bunny Wailer and the world-renowned Bob Marley). Tosh joined them on a tour of England in 1972. This was to become his first step to world fame, as during this trip the group signed with Chris Blackwells' Island Records. Their first album for this record label was the classic LP Catch A Fire. This album represented an entirely new breed of reggae, which meshed Jamaican roots riddims with American soul music and British rock. Tosh songs included "Stop That Train" and "400 Years."
A tour of America and Britain followed as well as follow up "Burnin" which featured Tosh's most well known song "Get Up, Stand Up". However, tension grew within the group, especially between Peter Tosh and Bob Marley, as Tosh witnessed Marley's persona within the group overshadow his own. Both Tosh and Bunny Wailer left in 1975 in pursuit of solo careers.
Tosh's solo career included a series of major hits. The year after his departure from the Wailers he released Legalize It, a record heavily promoting Rastafarian issues, most notably the use of marijuana to which the title refers. To this day the song "Legalize It" is regarded as an anthem for many promoters of marijuana legalization.
More important than this however was his political impact, especially in pro-black questions. Whilst his former band mate Bob Marley became world renowned for his uplifting but universally relevant spiritualism, Tosh was always more interested in catering to the more militant pan-Africanists of the world. His second album, Equal Rights, released in '77, is a prime example of such, including songs like "African," "Downpressor Man" and "I Am that I Am."
In his effort to establish a larger career as a solo artist, Tosh signed with The Rolling Stones record label for three albums. "Bush Doctor" featured a duet with Mick Jagger on "You Gotta Walk (And Don't Look Back," and Keith Richards on "Bush Doctor" both songs are among his most well known. "Wanted Dread and Alive," and "Mystic Man" followed before he moved to EMI for "Mama Africa." It is said that "Mama Africa" sold over a million copies, but sales data is hard to find for Tosh given the era of his work, and his popularity in the third world.
After an illustrious career with the Wailers and as a solo musician, Tosh's life was cut short when he was brutally murdered at his home. Though robbery was officially stated as the reason for Tosh's death, many believe that there were ulterior motives to the killing, citing that nothing was taken from the house. "No Nuclear War" recorded before his death won Tosh a Grammy Award. To this day he remains the second most reknowned reggae artist of all time behind bandmate Bob Marley.



Song lyric Legalize It LEGALIZE IT Peter Tosh
Song lyric Bush Doctor BUSH DOCTOR Peter Tosh
Song lyric Why Must I Cry WHY MUST I CRY Peter Tosh
Song lyric Burial BURIAL Peter Tosh
Song lyric No Sympathy NO SYMPATHY Peter Tosh
Song lyric Equal Rights EQUAL RIGHTS Peter Tosh
Song lyric Ketchy Shuby KETCHY SHUBY Peter Tosh
Song lyric Brand New Second Hand BRAND NEW SECOND HAND Peter Tosh
Song lyric Whatcha Gonna Do WHATCHA GONNA DO Peter Tosh
Song lyric Stepping Razor STEPPING RAZOR Peter Tosh
Song lyric Igziabeher (Let Jah Be Praised) IGZIABEHER (LET JAH BE PRAISED) Peter Tosh
Song lyric I Am That I Am I AM THAT I AM Peter Tosh
Song lyric African AFRICAN Peter Tosh
Song lyric Till Your Well Runs Dry TILL YOUR WELL RUNS DRY Peter Tosh
Song lyric Pick Myself Up PICK MYSELF UP Peter Tosh
Song lyric Maga Dog MAGA DOG Peter Tosh
Song lyric Coming In Hot COMING IN HOT Peter Tosh
Song lyric Johnny B Goode JOHNNY B GOODE Peter Tosh
Song lyric Jah Guide JAH GUIDE Peter Tosh
Song lyric Mama Africa MAMA AFRICA Peter Tosh
Song lyric Apartheid APARTHEID Peter Tosh
Song lyric Rastafari Is RASTAFARI IS Peter Tosh
Song lyric Mystic Man MYSTIC MAN Peter Tosh
Song lyric In My Song IN MY SONG Peter Tosh
Song lyric No Nuclear War NO NUCLEAR WAR Peter Tosh
Song lyric Wanted Dread And Alive WANTED DREAD AND ALIVE Peter Tosh
Song lyric Come Together COME TOGETHER Peter Tosh
Song lyric Stop That Train STOP THAT TRAIN Peter Tosh
Song lyric Where You Gonna Run WHERE YOU GONNA RUN Peter Tosh
Song lyric Testify TESTIFY Peter Tosh
Song lyric Soon Come SOON COME Peter Tosh
Song lyric Feel No Way FEEL NO WAY Peter Tosh
Song lyric Lesson in My Life LESSON IN MY LIFE Peter Tosh
Song lyric 400 Years (Outtake) 400 YEARS (OUTTAKE) Peter Tosh
Song lyric Buk-in Hamm Palace BUK-IN HAMM PALACE Peter Tosh
Song lyric Fight Apartheid FIGHT APARTHEID Peter Tosh
Song lyric Get Up GET UP Peter Tosh
Song lyric Glass House GLASS HOUSE Peter Tosh
Song lyric Hammer HAMMER Peter Tosh
Song lyric Hammer (ShaJahShoka HAMMER (SHAJAHSHOKA Peter Tosh
Song lyric Igziabeher IGZIABEHER Peter Tosh
Song lyric Jah Man Inna Jam JAH MAN INNA JAM Peter Tosh
Song lyric Jah Say No JAH SAY NO Peter Tosh
Song lyric Moses MOSES Peter Tosh
Song lyric Nah Goa Jail NAH GOA JAIL Peter Tosh
Song lyric Not Gonna Give Up NOT GONNA GIVE UP Peter Tosh
Song lyric Peace Treaty PEACE TREATY Peter Tosh
Song lyric Reggae-mylitis REGGAE-MYLITIS Peter Tosh
Song lyric Stand Firm STAND FIRM Peter Tosh
Song lyric Vampire (Outtake) VAMPIRE (OUTTAKE) Peter Tosh
Song lyric WHY MUST I CRY WHY MUST I CRY Peter Tosh
Song lyric You Can't Blame The Youth (Outtake) YOU CAN'T BLAME THE YOUTH (OUTTAKE) Peter Tosh
Song lyric You've Gonna Walk (don't Look Back) YOU'VE GONNA WALK (DON'T LOOK BACK) Peter Tosh