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12 Interesting Facts You Should Know About Late Reggae Legend, Bob Marley

Bob Marley (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981)

Today marks the day that one of the greats of music, Bob Marley passed on. He died at 36 in Miami, Florida, on May 11, 1981 due to cancer.

Born on February 6, 1945, in St. Ann, Jamaica, the singer reggae legend and his friends formed the Wailers band in 1963. Marley went on to sell more than 20 million records throughout his career, making him the first superstar to emerge from the designated Third World countries.

Marley, a reggae singer from Jamaica, was and will always be extremely renowned, not only for his music but the soul and passion with which he did deliver his songs. His music is a rich aspect of the Rastafarian culture and is fused with a sense of spirituality.

On his death anniversary, Here is 10 facts on the musical genius that you should know:

Bob Marley, musician:

  1. Bob’s name on his first label “Judge Not” was misspelled as Bob Morley.

  2. Bob was only 17 when his first record released and was working in a tin shack as a master welder. His owner reprimanded him to leave the work eventually because Bob spent most of his day playing his record.

  3. Bob Marley, the name that still resounds in most of the world’s head was originally named Nesta. Nesta Robert Marley. His first and middle name were swapped to preserve his masculinity.

  4. Bob was only twenty one when he married a beautiful Sunday school teacher named Rita. Though married to her until his death, he fathered around twenty kids with other women. He could apparently identify his children because of the way they spoke.

  5. Bob Marley earned the reputation of the world’s best-selling artist after a flourishing solo career that culminated in the release of the album Exodus (1977).  With more than 75 million records sold, it gave Marley a cult status.

  6. Bob Marley, known for his wit, addressed his BMW as Bob Marley and the Wailers

  7. Bob Marley’s song “No Woman, No Cry” is now famously sung as a lullaby.

  8. Marley refused amputation after being gravely injured in a game of football in 1977. A malignant melanoma in his toe led to the tumour that spread and ultimately resulted in his death

  9. As a mark of respect and gratitude, the New York Department of Education has co-named a section of Brooklyn as Bob Marley Boulevard.

  10. While he was terminally ill, he wanted to be buried in Jamaica. Though, on his way to Jamaica from Germany, he died right after crossing Miami. Despite that, as a mark of respect, his body was buried on his home turf with a football and a bud of marijuana.

  11. Following his father’s footsteps is Bob Marley’s son David Nesta “Ziggy” Marley, who is a Jamaican musician and leader of the band, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers.

  12. May 11 is now globally recognized as Bob Marley’s Day. A day observed by playing only the songs of the reggae maestro and showcasing the rastafarian root culture.


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