Bob Marley

Jamaican reggae musician (1945–1981)

Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley (February 6, 1945 - May 11, 1981) was an important Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician in the 1970s and 1980s. He made the style of reggae music very popular all over the world. His music told stories of his home and the Rastafarian religion that he followed. Some songs were about religion and some songs were about politics like Get Up Stand Up.


Bob Marley

Black and white image of Bob Marley on stage with a guitar
Marley performing at the Dalymount Park in Dublin in July 1980
Born
Robert Nesta Marley

(1945-02-06)6 February 1945
Died11 May 1981(1981-05-11) (aged 36)
Miami, Florida, US
Other names
  • Donald Marley
  • Tuff Gong
Occupation
  • Musician
  • songwriter
Spouse(s)
Rita Anderson (m. 1966)
Partner(s)Cindy Breakspeare (1977–1978)
Children
Parent(s)
Relatives
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • percussion
Years active1962–1981
Labels
Websitebobmarley.com

Bob Marley was born on February 6, 1945 in Nine Mile, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica to a black teenager, Cedella Booker, and a white man named Norvall Marley. When he was young, his friends gave him the nickname, "Tuff Gong".[2] He started his music career in the 1960s with his group the Wailing Wailers (or simply the Wailers), that he formed with two friends, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. In 1962, Bob Marley and the Wailing Wailers recorded their first two songs called "Judge Not" and "One Cup of Coffee".[2]

Bob married Rita Anderson in 1966 and she joined the group as a back-up singer.[2] They had five children together. One is Ziggy Marley, who is also a well-known reggae performer.

In 1974, the Wailers broke up because three of the band members wanted to pursue solo careers. Marley continued calling his band Bob Marley and the Wailers and joined together with new members to continue playing music.[2] In 1975, Bob Marley had his first international hit called "No Woman No Cry". In Jamaica, he is considered a folk hero. Some other hits of his include "Three Little Birds", "Africa Unite", "Buffalo Soldier", and "One Love". His most popular studio album was called Legend, which includes his greatest hits.

Bob Marley died on 11 May 1981, at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami, Florida, of melanoma.[2] He was one of the followers of Rastafarianism

DiscographyEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Freed, Kenneth (13 February 1995). "Bob Marley Festival Spreads Some 'Rastaman Vibration' : Anniversary: Jamaica concert marks the 50th birthday of the late reggae icon and poet-musician". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2 August 2019. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Ghare, Madhavi Buzzle.com web 31 March 2011