Born: April 4, 1949
Died: June 2, 1999
Franklin Delano Alexander Braithwaite, better known as Junior Braithwaite was one of the founders and the first lead singer of The Wailers. Braithwaite was with The Wailers for eight months and sung lead on such songs as, ‘Habits,’ ‘Straight and Narrow Way,’ ‘Don’t Ever Leave Me,’ and ‘It Hurts To Be Alone.’
He left the band in 1964 and moved to the United States with hopes of
pursuing a medical career. He lived primarily in Chicago and southern Wisconsin for the next 20 years, and returned to Jamaica in 1984 to work
with Bunny Wailer on a Wailers’ reunion project. With the assassination of Peter Tosh in September 1987, plans for
world tours with a reunited-Wailers never materialized. Junior Braithwaite was murdered in the home of a fellow musician in Kingston.