Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett, a legendary reggae musician and bassist for Bob Marley, passes away

At the age of 77, Aston Barrett, the bassist for the renowned reggae group Bob Marley and the Wailers, passed away. Born in 1946, “Family Man” spent his childhood in Kingston, the capital of Jamaica. Barrett’s family announced his passing and that he had a “long medical battle,” but they did not provide any other information. He had a major role in the development of reggae. He performed with many other acts, including Burning Spear, Peter Tosh, and almost all of the Wailers recordings.


Aston Barrett Jr., the son of Barrett, posted the following on social media on Saturday: “With the heaviest of hearts, we share the news of our beloved Aston ‘Familyman’ Barrett’s passing after a long medical battle.” As a member of Lee “Scratch” Perry’s backup group, the Upsetters, Aston Barret first rose to recognition in the reggae scene. 1974 saw him get with Bob Marley’s band. Many Wailers singles, such as I Shot the Sheriff, Get Up Stand Up, Stir It Up, Jamming, No Woman, No Cry, and Could You Be Love, are notable for his bass skills.


Barrett once remarked, “The bass is the backbone, and the drum is the heartbeat.” “If the bass is not right, the music is gonna have a bad back, so it would be crippled.” In 1981, Bob Marley passed away at the age of 36 due to cancer. The Wailers went on to play, switching up their lineup and using different vocalists to replace Marley. In 2013, Barrett revealed to the BBC that he was the father of 18 sons and 23 daughters. Saying, “I am the family man,” he declared. “I’m gifted with 41 [children].”

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