Ever replace someone at a job they did particularly well? Dwayne “Danglin’” Anglin knows how you feel.
To a degree.
For four years Anglin has fronted the reggae band The Wailers, Bob Marley’s band. Ever heard of Bob Marley? He basically created reggae music, and wrote a catalog of songs recognizable around the world.
Danglin sings them each night for thousands of Marley’s fans.
His tack: Be yourself. Don’t try to be the legend.
“I’m just Danglin singing Bob Marley’s songs,” the singer said by phone this month. “That’s all.”
Danglin and the rest of The Wailers will perform the Marley greatest hits compilation “Legend” in its entirety starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Music on the Half Shell in Roseburg’s Stewart Park. The best-selling album features the songs “Jamming,” “No Woman, No Cry,” “Get Up, Stand Up” and more.
It could be another record-breaking night for MOTHS. The Wailers set a Half Shell record in 2007 when 10,000 people attended.
Roseburg police aren’t planning to add to the detail working Stewart Park next week, Chief Jim Burge said.
“I think we’ll have adequate personnel working that night,” he said. “It’ll be a good show, and I think everyone will enjoy it.”
Since Bob Marley death in 1981 at age 36, The Wailers have continued to tour the world spreading Marley’s message. That message: peace, love, unity.
“We go wherever this music is needed, wherever this positive energy is needed,” Anglin said. “Thirty-three years later and people still need it. Babies, the elderly, crippled people, people of all races across the world. All people. The songs have a mission and the mission is the most important thing.”
Anglin grew up in Guys Hill, Jamaica, and moved to New Jersey at 15. After high school, he served four years in the U.S. Navy — 2001 to 2005 — assigned to missile defense operations in Japan and South Korea during Operation Enduring Freedom.
He was pursuing a master’s degree in criminology, on his way to becoming a lawyer, when he got a call that bassist and Wailers band leader Aston “Family Man” Barrett wanted to talk with him. Barrett had listened to “Excuse Me, Miss,” a hit single in Jamaica that Anglin recorded after leaving the Navy, under the stage name “Danglin” (merely his first initial combined with his last name).
For years, Anglin had been told, even by fellow Jamaicans, that he sounds like Bob Marley.
“We share a texture and a frequency,” he said.
Born two years after Marley’s death, Anglin can’t remember a time he didn’t listen to Marley and The Wailers. It’s been “humbling” to get to stand in for his idol.
“Family Man asks that you identify with the music, to show the crowds we believe the message,” Anglin said. “And he saw early on that I identified with the music and the message.”
This year is the 30th anniversary of the release of “Legend,” the best-selling reggae album of all time, with 13 million copies sold in the U.S.
The lineup in Roseburg will feature Barrett, guitarist Audley “Chizzy” Chisholm, keyboardist Keith “Coach” Sterling, drummer Basil “Bennow” Creary, rhythm guitarist Melvin “Rasmel” Glover, backing vocalist Cegee Victory, organist Aston Barrett Jr. and lead vocalist Kevin “Yvad” Davy.
These days the band still tours seven to nine months a year and performs pretty much everywhere. Two years ago, they played Lebanon for the first time.
Is there anywhere The Wailers haven’t played?
“I can’t say,” said Anglin. “Maybe Iceland?”
• You can reach reporter Garrett Andrews at 541-957-4218 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.