Peter Tosh

Jamaican reggae singer and musician

Peter Tosh (born Winston McIntosh, October 19, 1944- September 11, 1987) was a Jamaican reggae musican. He was a member of the Wailers with Bob Marley and Bunny Livingston. He was a Rastafarian and sang very political songs. His songs were a lot more radical than his friend, Bob Marley's, whom he often criticized for selling out to the white mainstream. He also toured with the Rolling Stones and sang a duet with Mick Jagger. He was murdered in his home in Kingston during a robbery in 1987.[1] His biggest claim to fame was a song titled "Legalize It" in relation to marijuana laws.

Peter Tosh
Peter Tosh (left) on the Bush Doctor tour, 1978
Peter Tosh (left) on the Bush Doctor tour, 1978
Background information
Birth nameWinston Hubert McIntosh
Also known asStepping Razor
BornOctober 19, 1944
OriginWestmoreland, Jamaica
DiedSeptember 11 1987 (aged 42)
Genresreggae, ska, rocksteady, R&B
Occupation(s)singer, musician, revolutionary
Instrumentspiano, guitar, among others



Studio albums


Live albums




These are the highest rated compilation albums on Allmusic.

  • Collection Gold (1994)
  • The Toughest (1996)
  • The Best of Peter Tosh - Dread Don't Die (1996)
  • Honorary Citizen (1997)
  • Scrolls Of The Prophet: The Best of Peter Tosh (1999)
  • Arise Black Man (1999)
  • The Essential Peter Tosh - the Columbia Years (2003)
  • Talking Revolution (2005)


  1. "The night Peter Tosh was killed". The Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 2016-01-01.

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