RIP: Legendary musician Aston “Familyman” Barret passed away: The music industry is plunged into mourning as it grapples with the loss of not just an iconic musician, but the very backbone of The Wailers.
Beyond his extraordinary talent, the world bids farewell to a remarkable human being whose legacy resonates far beyond the realms of music. His fans and loved ones are anxious to understand the circumstances surrounding his passing and the cause of his death. Here’s what we have gathered about his demise and Aston Barrett cause of death.
Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett passed away
This morning, after a prolonged medical struggle, the legendary Aston “Familyman” Barrett, original Bass Player of Bob Marley and the Wailers Band and a prominent member of the Upsetters with Lee Perry, has passed away.
His influence extended to helping Robbie Shakespeare embark on his musical journey. Aston Barrett was a magnificent and influential figure and is regarded as one of the most talented reggae bass players to grace the Earth. His legacy as one of the greatest bass players in the world remains unparalleled.
Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett cause of death
The world mourns the loss of Aston “Familyman” Barrett, a reggae legend and the backbone of The Wailers. His passing is attributed to a medical illness, with specific details undisclosed at this time.
Barrett, renowned as one of the greatest reggae bassists, served as the musical director and bassist for Bob Marley and The Wailers, playing a pivotal role in shaping their iconic sound. Two years ago, Barrett faced a stroke, leading him to take a step back from performing.
His son Aston Barrett Junior posted the following heartfelt message on social media:
“With the heaviest of hearts, we share the news of the passing of our beloved Aston “Familyman” Barrett after a long medical battle. This morning, the world lost not just an iconic musician and the backbone of The Wailers but a remarkable human being whose legacy is as immense as his talent. Our family is asking for privacy during this challenging time, as words cannot express our profound loss. Rest in peace, Familyman. Your legacy will live on forever in our hearts and through the music you’ve left us. We love you and will miss you deeply.”
Who was Aston Barrett?
Aston Francis Barrett CD, born on November 22, 1946, and affectionately known as “Family Man” or “Fams,” was a Jamaican musician and devoted Rastafarian. Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, Aston Barrett, alongside his younger brother Carlton “Carly” Barrett on drums, played a pivotal role in bands such as Bob Marley & The Wailers, The Hippy Boys, and Lee Perry’s The Upsetters. As the bandleader for Marley’s backing band, he co-produced albums and was responsible for overall song arrangements.
Barrett was the mentor and teacher to Robbie Shakespeare of the renowned duo Sly & Robbie, leaving a lasting impact on the reggae music scene. His musical prowess was showcased through instruments like the Fender Jazz Bass, Acoustic 370 bass amplifier, and Ampeg SVT bass amplifier.
In 2006, Barrett engaged in a legal battle against Island Records, the Wailers’ label, seeking £60 million in unpaid royalties. Despite facing challenges, he continued to pursue justice for his contributions. A visionary even before fatherhood, Barrett earned the moniker “Family Man,” foreseeing his role as a band leader. Over time, he became the father of 41 children.
Awards and Recognition:
His remarkable contributions were acknowledged with a Lifetime Achievement award from Bass Player Magazine in 2012. In 2020, he was recognized as the top player in the magazine’s ranking of “20 legendary players who shaped the sound of electric bass.” Further, in 2021, he received the prestigious Order of Distinction (Commander class) during Jamaica’s 59th Anniversary of Independence. Aston “Family Man” Barrett’s legacy extends beyond his musical genius, marking him as a key figure in the evolution of reggae and the electric bass.
“Tributes to a Reggae Legend”
Akila Barrett shared,
It’s with a heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of my uncle, Aston “Familyman” Barrett. He was not only my father’s brother but also the original bass player of Bob Marley and the Wailers Band, and a member of the Upsetters with Lee Perry. Rest in Zion, Uncle Farms. Your work and music will always be remembered as the greatest.
Sly & Robbie vs. Roots Radics posted.
Aston “Familyman” Barrett, may you rest in peace. The iconic bass player has embarked on the Zion Train, joining Bob Marley, your pupil Robbie Shakespeare, and your brother Carlton. Your Jah work will forever resonate. Safe travels, and thank you for everything.
Roy Venkataraman expressed,
Rest in peace, my friend Aston “Familyman” Barrett. It was an honor to know, play, and tour with you. You were the real rock behind all of Bob Marley and The Wailers’ music and much more. An absolute icon and legend. My deepest condolences to the family.
Josh Heinrichs said,
Rest easy on the man I named my son after, Aston “Familyman” Barrett, who made Reggae bass known to the world alongside his brother Carlton. A true legend, his contributions to Reggae music are unmatched. Recording with him was my most treasured accolade in my Reggae career. Much love to Aston Familyman Barrett for his everlasting impact on the world of love and Reggae. Our condolences and love to his family and all who cared for him.
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