In the world of Reggae music, no group will ever surpass the stardom of The Wailers. One cannot even speak of Reggae without mention of this group and/or the individuals who were the original founding members. One such member was born Franklin Delano Alexander Braithwaite on April 4, 1949 in Kingston Jamaica.
Junior Braithwaite, as he was more widely known, grew up in the same neighborhood as Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh later lived. Inspired to sing by Roy Wilson and Joe Higgs, who rehearsed in Junior's backyard, Braithwaite, Marley, Wailer, and Tosh, along with Beverly Kelso formed the group that would eventually be named 'The Wailers,' in 1963.
After eight months as lead singer of the group, Braithwaite would leave in pursuit of a medical career in the United States. For 20 years, he'd lived in the Chicago and South Wisconsin areas, returning to Jamaica in 1984 to work with Bunny Wailer on a Wailers reunion project. With Peter Tosh's 1987 murder, a reunited Wailers world tour was scrapped.
June 2, 1999 Franklin Delano Alexander "Junior" Braithwaite, was himself murdered in Kingston, JA.