Cherry Smith (born Ermine Ortense Bramwell, 22 August 1943 – 24 September 2008) was a backing vocalist for the original Wailers from 1963 to 1966. She was also called Cherry Green (her half-brother Carlton had that surname).
Smith was born in the Trench Town district of Kingston. She was nicknamed "Cherry" as a girl due to her light complexion. According to Bob Marley's official website Bunny Wailer and Beverley Kelso are the only surviving members of the original Wailers, after Smith's death. However, it did not list Smith as an official member of the group. Smith was with the group for more than two years and took part in their audition for Clement "Coxsone" Dodd in 1963, but as she had a full-time job and a child to support, she was unable to attend the group's first recording session, and was replaced by Kelso.
Smith continued to contribute to recording sessions and sang backing vocals on several of the later Wailers recordings, including:
She died in Miami in 2008, aged 65. She is survived by her husband, a daughter, a brother and a granddaughter.
References [ edit ]
- Isger, Sonja (12 October 2008). "Ermine Cherry Dempsey-Barker, former member of the Wailers, dies". The Palm Beach Post. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
- Katz, David (20 November 2008). "Cherry Green: Original vocalist with Bob Marley's backing group, the Wailers". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
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