Thursday, August 27, 2015

Throwback - " I-Threes" The most influential female reggae group ever

The I-Threes were the most influential female singing group in the history of Jamaican music. Commonly called "I-Threes", the trio featuring Marcia Griffiths, Rita Marley, and Judy Mowatt provided the rich harmonies for Bob Marley's performances and recordings from 1974 until his death ten years later. Marcia Griffiths was already a star when the The I-Three came together. Her duet recordings with Bob Andy, which included "Young, Gifted and Black," had brought her international attention. When she invited Judy Mowatt who had previously sung with the Gaylettes (a group she founded in 1967), and Marley to harmonize with her on a recording with Andy, she set the stage for the trio's formation.

The recording session proved so inspiring young Marcia Griffiths invited the two women to be guests on a song that she and Andy were 
scheduled to perform that evening at the House of Chen in New Kingston, Jamaica. Shortly after the departure of Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston from the Wailers, Bob Marley asked 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, a name said to be intended as a spin on the Rastafarian "I and I" concept of the Godhead within each person, joined Bob Marley for a historic tour as opening acts for The Jackson Five. Although the group continued to perform together following Marley's death, the three women soon elected to pursue solo careers.

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Source: Craig Harris for AllMusic.com
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