Bob Marley and the Wailers: Stevie Wonder Dream 1975

The Wonder Dream Concert held on October 4, 1975 at Kingston’s National Stadium was one of three events on the Holiday Jamaica package scheduled from September 29, 1975 through October 5, 1975.  The concert was a benefit for the Jamaican Institute for the Blind and featured Third World as the opening act. Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes were scheduled to play but did not show.

Third World, just back from a tour of the UK, opened their set with “Crying On The Rail Road Track” and followed with popular favorites “Sun Won’t Shine,” “Satta Massagana,” and “Slavery Days.”

The concert is often referred to as the Wailers Reunion Show, as it was the first time the original Wailers trio performed together since 1974.  It is the last time that all three founding members appeared live on-stage together.

The Wailers and the I-Three kick off their set with “Rastaman Chant” and perform spirited renditions of “Nice Time,” “Simmer Down,” and “One Love” before each member performs several tunes of their own.

Bunny Wailer, who had officially left the group the year before, stuns the crowd with a performance of “Dreamland” (“Place Called Africa”) followed by the classic “Battering Down Sentence.”  Peter Tosh performs “Mark of the Beast,” “Can’t Blame The Youth,” and wows the audience with his first live performance of “Legalize It.”

Bob Marley wrapped up the Wailers’ set with fiery performances of “So Jah Seh,” “No Woman, No Cry,” and “Jah Live.”

The Wailers join Stevie Wonder on-stage for his encore to perform “I Shot The Sheriff” and “Superstition.”  Stevie Wonder then presented a check for $23,000 to the Salvation Army.

The Wailers - Wonder Dream Concert with Stevie Wonder - 10-4-1975 National Stadium, Kingston, JA by Dubwise Garage on Mixcloud

Marley meets Wonder.  A ‘Dream‘ Concert.

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I have included four articles from the Jamaica Gleaner, the islands leading newspaper.  These articles profile the Wonder Dream Concert over several weeks leading up to the show on October 4, 1975.

 

September 8, 1975

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September 12, 1975

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September 28, 1975

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September 31, 1975

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Stevie Wonder 1975

Stevie Wonder 1975

Bob Marley with photographer and son, 1975

© Kim Gottlieb-Walker, www.lenswoman.com, all rights reserved. From her book “Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae, 1975-76, the Photographs of Kim Gottlieb-Walker

Bob and Stevie Wonder Dream 1975

Marley Wonder Dream Concert 1975

© Kim Gottlieb-Walker, www.lenswoman.com, all rights reserved. From her book “Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae, 1975-76, the Photographs of Kim Gottlieb-Walker”

Wonder Dream Concert 1975

© Kim Gottlieb-Walker, www.lenswoman.com, all rights reserved. From her book “Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae, 1975-76, the Photographs of Kim Gottlieb-Walker”

Wonder Dream Concert 1975

1975-10-04 - original advert

1975-10-04 – original advert

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10 thoughts on “Bob Marley and the Wailers: Stevie Wonder Dream 1975

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  6. Other things to consider:

    -Although One Love was a Wailers single of 1965, Bob Marley rarely sang it live. This is the first time since his solo career, and two years before it shows up on the Exodus LP.

    -Dreamland and Fighting Against Conviction are two Bunny Wailer songs that will only show up on his first solo LP Blackheart Man one year later.

    -Mark of The Beast and Can’t Blame the Youth are two Peter Tosh songs that he wrote while with the Wailers, but never published. Legalize It is also a Peter Tosh song that will only show up one year later on his first LP.

    -Jah Live was played live for the first time, as it was just written after Hailé Selassié’s death, and would be released only the following year.

    Dror

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