Winston Hubert McIntosh, better known as Peter Tosh
(baritone singer in the Wailers),
was an authentic product of the Jamaican ghettos.
His pride was already evident in I'm The Toughest (1966).
His early singles
Crimson Pirate (1969),
Sun Valley (1969),
Pepper Seed (1969),
The Return of Al Capone (1969),
Selassie Serenade (1969)
were influenced by psychedelic music.
His solo career took off in 1971 with Maga Dog, basically a
rewrite of the Wailer's Simmer Down.
A long series of singles, that included
Them Ha Fe Get a Beating (1972),
Arise Blackman (1971),
Black Dignity (1970),
Here Comes the Judge (1971),
No Mercy (1972),
Dog Teeth (1973),
Mark of the Beast (1973),
Can't Blame the Youth (1974),
Foundation, Whatcha Gonna Do (1975),
Ketchy Shrub (1977),
peaked with Legalize It (1974).
This led to his first solo album, Legalize It (1976), which crossed
over into rock music with Why Must I Cry,
Til Your Well Runs Dry and Burial, and to its twin release
Equal Rights (1977),
featuring the rhythm section of Sly & Robbie and containing
Stepping Razor and Equal Rights.
He returned to his reggae roots with Bush Doctor (1978).
Pick Myself Up (1978) was one of his best slow tunes.
Mystic Man (1979), including Rumours of War and Jah Seh No,
and the successful singles Buk-In-Hamm Palace (1980), Bombo Klaat (1980) and Nothing but Love could not hide his problems.
In the end, Tosh was becoming more famous for his troubles than for his music.
After Mama Africa (1981), it took six years for Tosh to recover enough
to record No Nuclear War (1987).
He was murdered a few months later.
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