Tuesday, July 17, 2007

No, Paul and Jan Crouch Didn't Have Three Jamaican Female Singers on Their Program

Back to my few degrees of separation between Bob Marley and Paul Crouch. Let's return to the vocal group that gave the extra oomph to Marley's "Is This Love." Meet the I-Threes.

The I-Threes were the most influential female singing group in the history of Jamaican music. A trio, featuring Marcia Griffiths, Rita Marley and Judy Mowatt, the I-Threes provided the rich harmonies for Bob Marley's performances and recordings from 1974 until his death. Marcia Griffith was already a star when the I-Threes came together after she invited Judy, who had previously sung with The Gaylettes and Rita (Bob Marley's wife) to harmonize with her on a recording with Bob Andy. The recording session proved so inspiring that she invited the two women to be guests on several other songs she and Andy performed at the House of Chen in New Kingston. The sessions then set the stage for the trio's formation.

Shortly after the departure of Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston from the Wailers, Bob Marley hired the three women to sing on his recording "Jah Live". They continued to work together for the next ten years. In early 1975 the I-Threes joined Marley for a tour as opening act for 'The Jackson Five' which was the group's international debut in the U.S. Although they continued to perform together following Bob's death, the three women soon elected to pursue solo careers.


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