Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths
The ithrees were a Jamaican reggae singing group made up of three women, that was formed in 1974 to support Bob Marley & The Wailers after Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer the original Wailer backing vocalists left the band.The ithrees members were Marley's wife Rita Marley, plus Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths. Their name is intended as a spin on the Rastafarian "i and i" concept of the Godhead within each person.
Marcia Griffith was already a star when The ithrees 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, and Rita Marley to harmonize with her on a recording with Bob Andy, she set the stage for the trio's formation. The recording session proved so inspiring that she 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.
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 ithrees joined Bob Marley for a tour as opening act for the Jackson Five. Although they continued to perform together following Bob Marley's death, the three women soon elected to pursue solo careers.