Junior Marvin´s Wailers
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Born in Jamaica, Junior Marvin moved to London as a child, where his love of both acting and music was nurtured. He appeared in the Beatles’ film “Help”, which was followed by a number of other television appearances. Meanwhile, Junior served his musical apprenticeship in America by playing with the likes of Blues Legend T-Bone Walker and Ike & Tina Turner. He quickly earned a reputation as an innovative and expressive blues/rock guitarist. Back in England he played with bands such as Herbie Goins & The Nighttimers, Blue Ace Unit and White Rabbit.
Junior was a member of the London Cast of the musical “Hair” and can be heard on the Original London Cast Recordings. He contributed to Albums by Gerry Lockran, Rebop Kwakau Baah, Remi Kabacka, Ricco Rodriguez, Fairport Convention, Sandy Deny and many others on the UK scene. Junior was also invited to join the Keef Hartley Band whom were pioneers of the burgeoning British blues/rock scene. Junior made a significant contribution as a writer, singer and lead guitarist to their acclaimed “Seventy Second Brave” Album, and also appeared on the follow-up release, “Lancashire Hustler.”
Following Keef Hartley, Junior formed his own Rock Band “Hanson” under his name at the time, Junior Hansen, and they were swiftly signed to Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s Manticore label by Mario ‘The Big M’ Medious (the label manager). Their debut Album “Now Hear This,” featured: Junior Hansen (Lead Guitar & Lead Vocals), Jean Roussell (Keybords), Conrad Isidore (Drums) & Clive Chaman (Bass). A second album for The Manticore label was titled “Magic Dragon.” The Band, “Hanson,” stayed together for two albums after which Junior undertook session work for the likes of Island Recording Artists Stomu Yamashta, Steve Winwood and Toots & The Maytals.
On February 14, 1977 (Valentine’s Day), Junior was invited to join both Stevie Wonder & Bob Marley & The Wailers. His schoolmates and musician friends chose Bob Marley because of the fact that they were both Jamaicans. Chris Blackwell from Island Records sought Junior Marvin out as an innovated, explosive, and unique rock and blues guitarist, in which they needed a guitarist like him to do the job of globalizing the band’s sound to give it that rock sound and hook, in turn, which would fill amphitheaters and create an appeal to people all over the world. During this time, Junior Marvin work closely with, electrical engineer and inventor, Roger Mayer, who helped Jimi Hendrix develop his unique guitar sound. Junior Marvin’s guitar playing on songs such as; The Heathen, Waiting in Vain, Jammin, Could You Be Loved, and Exodus, to name a few, memorably enhanced the songs in the way they were looking for, which contributed to the success of them becoming some of their biggest hits. “Exodus” was Junior’s first album with Marley and The Wailers and it was voted, “Best Album of the 20th Century” by Time Magazine. He is on all Bob Marley and The Wailers Albums/CDs since that time.
Since Bob’s passing, in 1981, Junior has put out (4) four CDs with The Wailers: “ID,” “Majestic Warriors,” “Jah Message” and “My Friends” (Live), continuing on with the message and music as Bob Marley asked him to do. He was Lead Guitarist and Vocalist of The Wailers and then of The Original Wailers up until 2011. Junior can also be found on CDs with Burning Spear, Alpha Blondy, Bunny Wailer, Israel Vibrations, Culture, The Meditations, Beres Hammond, The Congos, O.A.R. and SOJA. From 2011 forward, Junior Marvin has actively been putting on dynamic and virtuoso shows, which captivate rock, blues, and reggae enthusiasts from all over the world. He has performed all over the USA and world, including a performance on the island of Tanzania in Africa and at The Bob Marley Birthday Bash last year in Negril, JA. You can also see Junior in the movie Marley about Bob's life. He has release (3) three new Albums; “Smokin’ To The Big M Music”, “Lion To Zion Dub-Wise”, and “Live at The Hamilton”, which is a bootleg album accompanied by a live DVD. Released Singles include; “It’s Alright”, “Where is Love”, “Preacher Man”, and newest released hit Single, “Bad Mind People”, which is paired up with a new music video. He is currently working on a brand new EP with his band, Junior Marvin’s Force One, which will be released later this year.