SAY YO’ A DIRTY ROBBER! Took uh’ my love and then you run away! April 25, 2011
Cover photo from The Wailers “Tall Cool One” album. Kent Morrill is 3rd from left, standing in back of guitar player. CLICK TO ENLARGE
Before The Beatles became a smash worldwide hit in the 1960’s or Grunge Rock took over Seattle in the 80’s, there was the Northwest’s original rock star band: The Wailers from Tacoma.
If you were a teen in the Northwest in the 1960’s, all the hot dance action centered around gigs where The Wailers played and you had all their records at home.
Vinyl dude. Pure, original, shiny black, warm toned vinyl records.
You could say The Wailers were the Northwest’s version of The Beatles before there was a Beatles.
Kent Morrill was the original keyboard player and lead singer of The Wailers (years later known as The Fabulous Wailers).
On April 2, 2011 he celebrated his 70th birthday. On Friday April 15, 2011 he passed away after a four-year battle with cancer.
To many baby boomers in the Northwest, now in their 60’s and 70’s, who represented the first generation of Americans to be weaned on that heathen music called rock n’ roll – and the then very new portable transistor radios (their version of the iPod) - and who were big fans of The Wailers, hearing about Kent’s death was a huge blow.
What his death ripped from them was a huge part of their youth.
The Chronicle did a big front-page feature on Morrill and The Wailers on April 16, 2011. You can read it HERE
Or you can just listen to one of the Wailers’ classic regional hits below from the 1960s: “Dirty Robber.” Kent Morrill wrote it and it is he you hear belting out the lead vocal.
Pure garage band rough around the edges early American rock n’ roll.