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Junior Marvin

Happy Family: Vinyl LP


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Release Date: 16 February, 2024

Junior Marvin is widely recognized as an all-time great reggae musician and Musical Director and guitarist of Bob Marley’s iconic band, The Wailers.  

Junior’s new album, Happy Family, will be released 2/16/24 and will coincide with the theatrical release of One Love, the Bob Marley Paramount biopic feature film on 2/14/24. In the film, the role of Junior is played by his real-life son, Davo, who is also a musical artist.

The first single from Happy Family will be Junior’s new recording of “One Love”.Junior Marvin was born in Jamaica and grew up in London and met the late Tuff Gong icon on Valentine’s Day in 1977 (ironically the same day the film will be released) who touted him as the “young Jimi Hendrix of London”. Marley immediately asked Junior to join his band as lead guitarist and became one of Marley’s closest friends up until his death. Junior’s guitar playing was a huge influence on Marley, and his musicianship can be clearly heard on such seminal Marley tracks as “Could You Be Loved” (which Junior originally wrote and gave to Marley), “Waiting in Vain,” “Buffalo Soldier,” “The Heathen”, “One Love” and “Jamming”.

Junior Marvin is not just limited to reggae however; he has played with Stevie Wonder and Steve Winwood, among many others (he actually turned down an offer by Wonder to join his band Wonderlove to accept Marley’s offer to become a member of The Wailers on the same Valentine’s Day in 1977).

1. Brother
2. Rastafari
3. Message of Love
4. Midnight Rockers
5. Lord Have Mercy
6. Reggae Rock
7. Your Messages (Are Games)
8. Love Will (Never Let You Down)
9. Let Me Tell You Something
10. Always & Forever
11. Take Control
12. Happy Family
13. One Love
14. Fight Them Back (With Love)

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Vinyl LP