Singer Bob Marley was born on February 6, 1945.
The Jamaican singer, songwriter, and musician is considered one of the pioneers of reggae. He was known for fusing elements of reggae, ska, and rocksteady into his work. He also received fame due to his distinctive voice and songwriting.
Bob Marley: Everything You Need To Know
Bob Marley became a Rastafari icon and was widely considered to be an international symbol of Jamaican music and culture. He openly supported the legalization of marijuana and Pan-Africanism.
He was born Robert Nesta Marley on February 6, 1945, in Nine Mile, Jamaica. Marley began his music career in 1963, forming a band called the Teenagers with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. The band would later become known as The Wailers. They released their debut album “The Wailing Wailers” in 1965, which contained the hit song “One Love.”
The Wailers went on to release 11 studio albums and became known as Bob Marley and the Wailers after signing with Island Records. The record label helped the band gain international fame. Although they released two albums in 1973 – “Catch a Fire” and “Burnin'” – they disbanded a year later. However, Marley continued on under the band’s name and released several more albums.
He was married to Rita Marley from 1966 until his death on May 11, 1981, in Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. In July 1977, Marley had been diagnosed with a type of malignant melanoma under his toenail. Afraid that amputating the toe would limit his ability to perform, Marley tried to treat his toe with alternative methods.
Unfortunately, in 1980, he collapsed while out for a jog in Central Park in New York City. He was immediately transported to a hospital, where doctors discovered that cancer had spread to his brain, lungs, and liver. He was given a state funeral in Jamaica on May 21, 1981, and was buried in a chapel near his birthplace with his guitar.
Although he has passed, his legend continues to live on. His greatest hits album “Legend” (1984) is the best-selling reggae album of all time. He is also widely regarded as one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with more than 75 million records sold worldwide.
After his death, he was honored by Jamaica with a designated Order of Merit. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Rolling Stone has ranked him number eleven on the list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Fans are celebrating his birthday with some of his greatest hits! Have a listen!
‘Is This Love’
“Is This Love” is a timeless classic!
“How did this guy arrange to have so many incredible songs in such a small lifespan?” one fan asked.
“I play this song over & over, it puts me in such a great mood. Love it,” said another.
“I truly love this song! It makes my soul and heart happy,” another shared.
“Such a wonderful song. The lyrics are meaningful,” another fan commented. “Bob Marley continues to bring people together. Such talent.”
There is no mistaking Marley’s signature vocals in “Buffalo Soldier.”
“One of the best songs ever,” one fan commented.
“I saw Bob Marley and The Wailers perform in 1979 at the Harvard Stadium in Allston, Massachusetts. It was a fundraiser for the anti-apartheid movement,” one fan shared. “The stage was set up midfield and I watched Bob, with his long dreadlocks, and his bandmates kill time before the show by kicking a soccer ball around the field behind the stage. Great show. The downbeat was incredibly loud and powerful. Bob Marley was fascinating. It was a diverse crowd and almost everyone was smoking weed.”
“Everyone in my high school class would begin singing this in class,” another fan shared. “Bob Marley did bring people together.”
“One Love” continues to be one of his most beloved songs.
“Bob Marley lives on,” one fan wrote. “His voice still echoes in the universe. Keep resting in the blossom of Jah Rastafara.”
“We still feel the loss of Bob Marley,” another wrote. “He was amazing.”
“Bob saw the light and shared it with us,” another fan commented. “His music transcends time and speaks to the soul. Amazing amazing person.”
“Bob Marley remains a legend forever,” another shared. “His uniting and Inspiring music continues to uplift our spirits. God bless his posterity.”