Junior Marvin was invited to join Bob Marley & The Wailers in 1977, making his debut with the band on the acclaimed Exodus LP. After touring with many incarnations of The Wailers since Bob Marley’s passing, Marvin has stepped out to front his own unique version of The Wailers.

The Legendary Wailers featuring Junior Marvin are performing at 7 p.m. Friday, May 5, at the Elks Theatre, 117 E. Gurley St., Prescott.

Following his debut with the band, Marvin was lead guitarist and musical contributor on all subsequent Bob Marley & the Wailers albums, and toured worldwide with the Wailers until Marley’s death in 1981.

Marvin explained that the messages in Marley’s songs are what makes this band so universal and appealing to so many different people.

“It’s the texture of the songs, the quality of the songs, the message in the songs, you know, Bob was a Rastaman and the vibration was positive always,” Marvin said. “He had songs like ‘Could You Be Loved?,’ ‘Exodus,’ ‘One Love,’ ‘This is Love,’ lots of songs about love, a message of love. People can relate to the message, not only love songs but also a spiritual message as well. We get responses from the audience whenever we play that puts it in a timeless bracket and it’s very inspiring, not only for the people who come to see us perform but also for us as well.”

There is another band called The Wailers that performs with a connection to Marley but Marvin prides himself on playing and singing Bob Marley & the Wailers’ hit songs the way Marley intended them to be heard. “The difference is that the Wailers, my band, I actually played with Bob, and the other band none of the musicians actually played with Bob Marley. I think the [original] bass player’s son plays drums in the other version of The Wailers.

Marvin was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He moved to London as a child, where his family and the UK theater community nurtured his love for acting and music. He appeared in The Beatles’ film Help, followed by a number of successful appearances on British television.

On Feb. 14, 1977, Marvin was invited to join both Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley & The Wailers. His parents and musician friends helped him decide to accept Bob Marley’s invitation because they were both Jamaicans. The rest is history.

“I was playing with a lot of different bands I was playing with Steve Winwood from Traffic, Chris Wood also from Traffic, and I worked in America,” Marvin said. “I played with Billy Preston, Ike and Tina Turner, and on the same day I got invited to join Bob, I got invited to join Stevie Wonder and it ended up being Bob.”

For tickets and more information, call 928-777-1370, or visit www.prescottelkstheatre.org.

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