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The Wailing Souls

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About this Artist

Fusing the harmonies of Motown with the roots and dancehall sounds of reggae, THE WAILING SOULS have ridden the crest of Jamaica’s music for more than four decades. Nominated for Grammys three times, the group scored hits with the classic roots reggae tunes “War” and “Bredda Gravlicious,” the 1981 album Firehouse Rock, and the 1992 album and title track, All Over The World. Additionally, the group scored number-one hits with “Things & Time,” “Jah Jah,” “Old Broom,” and “Shark Attack.” The Wailing Souls’ recording career has been nothing short of historic. Vocally trained by Bob Marley and the Wailers’ teacher, Joe Higgs, they worked with legendary reggae producers including Coxson Dodd of Studio One, Henry “Junjo” Lawes, Channel One Studios, Delroy Wright, Lloyd “King” Jammy, as well as recording several early tunes at Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Studio. The Wailing Souls attracted global attention when their music was featured in the 1993 Disney film, Cool Runnings. The soundtrack album was an international hit, selling nearly half a million copies worldwide. The Souls had three songs on this soundtrack including the hit, Picky Picky Head.

Formed in Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica, in the late 1960s, The Wailing Souls have experienced numerous transformations. Their discography (over 26 albums to date) includes singles recorded as The Renegades, Pipe & the Pipers, and Atarra. Sly & Robbie and the Roots Radics are only a few of the stellar musicians who have worked with The Wailing Souls. Still one of the most powerful forces in reggae, The Wailing Souls continue to tour globally and record new songs with the vigor that they had singing in Kingston’s Trench Town decades ago.