On this day in 1944, one of the best selling reggae artists of all times, Winston Hubert McIntosh, popularly known as Peter McIntosh or simply Peter Tosh, was born in Grange Hill, Jamaica.
He was a revolutionary Jamaican reggae musician who sang about the injustices of government against the ordinary People.
Other members of the band included singers Cherry Smith and Juniour Braithwaite.
After the band disbanded he went solo and established himself as a successful artist and became a promoter of the Rastafari religion.
Tosh started to make his own album with Rolling Stones Records and CBS Records where he released Equal Rights in 1977, featuring his recording of a song co-written with Bob Marley, “Get Up, Stand Up,” and a cover of “Stepping Razor” that would also appear on the soundtrack to the film Rockers.
Peter Tosh released several other singles between the mid-seventies and the mid-1980s which had worldwide acceptance.
Tosh also participated in the international opposition to South African apartheid by appearing at Anti-Apartheid concerts and by conveying his opinion in various songs like “Apartheid” (1977, re-recorded 1987), “Equal Rights” (1977), “Fight On” (1979), and “Not Gonna Give It Up” (1983).
In 1987, Peter Tosh seemed to be having a career revival.
He was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Performance in 1987 for No Nuclear War, his last record.
On 11 September 1987, just after Tosh had returned to his home in Jamaica, a three-man gang led by his one-time friend Dennis “Leppo” Lobban came to his house on motorcycles and demanded money.
Tosh replied that he did not have money with him but the gang did not believe him and they killed him.
He was 42 years old.
Lobban was sentenced to death by a jury but the sentence was commuted to Life in prison in 1995.