Junior Marvin

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Junior Marvin
Junior Marvin in Santa Monica (2007)
Background information
Birth name Donald Hanson Marvin Kerr Richards Jr
Also known as Junior Hanson, Junior Kerr
Born 1949 (age 68–69)
Origin Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae, Rock, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, author, poet, artist
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1969–present
Labels Manticore, Island, Universal
Associated acts Bob Marley & The Wailers, The Wailers Band, Hanson, Steve Winwood, Bobby Tench, Rebop Kwaku Baah. Linda Lewis
Website juniormarvin.com

Junior Marvin (born 1949 as Donald Hanson Marvin Kerr Richards Jr) also known as Junior Marvin-Hanson, Junior Hanson and Junior Kerr, is a Jamaican-born guitarist and singer best known for his association with Bob Marley and The Wailers. He started his career as Junior Hanson with the band Hanson in 1973. Marvin has also been associated with Gass, Keef Hartley Band, Toots & the Maytals and Steve Winwood. In 2007, Marvin recorded a solo album entitled Wailin' For Love. In 2008 Marvin, along with Al Anderson, formed The Original Wailers and Junior left this Band in April 2011.


Born in Jamaica, Marvin moved to London as a child, where his love of both acting and music was nurtured. He appeared in the Beatles’ film “Help”, which was followed by a number of other television appearances. Meanwhile, Marvin served his musical apprenticeship in America by playing with the likes of Blues Legend T-Bone Walker and Ike & Tina Turner. Back in England he played with bands such as Herbie Goins & The Nighttimers, Blue Ace Unit and White Rabbit.

In 1973 Marvin formed the band Hanson and recorded two albums.[1] Marvin met Bob Marley on February 14, 1977 and joined Bob Marley and The Wailers.[2] After the death of Bob Marley in 1981, Marvin along with the remaining Wailers members formed The Wailers Band and released the albums ID, Majestic Warriors, JAH Message, and Live 95-97 My Friends. In 1997, Marvin left The Wailers Band and relocated to Brazil, where he formed a short-lived group called Batuka.[3] Following his departure from Brazil, Marvin worked as a session musician for Kaliroots and The Wailers Band. In 2008, Marvin formed along with Al Anderson The Original Wailers and toured with them until 2011. After departing from The Original Wailers, Marvin returned to solo work.[4] On February 6, 2013 Marvin released two albums: Smokin' To The Big M Music and Lion To Zion. In March 2014, Marvin formed a new band, Junior Marvin's Force One and returned to the studio to record a new album.




Junior Marvin in 2011

Wailers Band albums

Solo albums


  • Interview with Junior Marvin and Wayne Jobson (video)


  1. ^ "Hanson (UK)". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  2. ^ Moskowitz, David. Bob Marley. p. 40. 
  3. ^ Anderson, Rick. "Junior Marvin". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  4. ^ Diaz, Julio (2009-04-24). "The Original Wailers headline festival". pnj.com. Retrieved 2009-05-03. [dead link]

Further reading

External links

  • Official website
  • Original Wailers website
  • Junior Marvin discography at Discogs
  • Fiji Times article (Dec 2006)
  • Miller, Mark (1999) Junior Marvin Out of the Shadow & Into the Light. New York Times Service.
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