“The Wonder Dream Concert” was held at the national stadium in Kingston Jamaica on October 4th 1975. The Wailers, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer had not performed together in just over a year. The last time they performed together they were opening up for another legend named Marvin Gaye. This show was much like a reunion show for Jamaica. Each of the Wailer members performed their own material as well as their collaborative hits including the first, “Simmer Down”. The Island was especially bubbling with anticipation because Stevie Wonder was the co headliner. Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley sharing the stage! This was an epic moment as much then as the idea of the two collaborating is now. A “what if” moment that triggers a range of emotions from child like excitement to sadness for what will never be.
Here is the original flyer.
Here is the full audio of the show. At the 1:02:27 min mark Stevie Wonder invites Bob back to the stage.
Bob Marley’s music was chart topping all over the world when he and Stevie met and their mutual respect was apparent when they shared the stage performing Bob’s “I Shot The Sheriff” and Stevie’s “Superstition”. This was not the last time the two would share the stage. In 1979 Stevie joined Bob for his encore performance at the Black Music Association concert in Philadelphia.
In 1980 Stevie released the song Master Blaster (Jammin) inspired by Bob, he actually mentions Marley’s name in the lyrics. Here is a more recent performance.
The thought of what might have been if these two had more time to collaborate brings with it a feeling of loss most would not want to dwell on. They both made timeless music and Stevie still carries the torch of love and positivity. Decades after Bob Marley’s passing Stevie Wonder has continued showing his admiration for the iconic reggae superstar. Here Stevie Wonder joins local LA band Lesterfari and Kings Music in Los Angeles to sing “I Don’t Want to Wait in Vain”. Vibes…..