Robert Nesta Bob Marley, famous Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter and guitarist, represented the best amalgamation of reggae, ska and rocksteady in personal compositions. The commanding and unique sound of music captivated people of all cultures and broke the music barriers and introduced Reggae to the world.
Less known facts about the Rock n Roll Star.
1) He started his career with The Wailers that enabled him to forge on a distinctive songwriting and vocal styles that still echo in the ear of the whole worldwide community.
2) He started his solo career after The Wailers disbanded in 1974 and released his first album The Exodus which had sales more than 75 million, received worldwide accolades and stayed on the British chart album for 56 consecutive weeks(1year and half a month). This album paved his solo work in the music industry and established his reputation and produced his status as one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.
3) He was baptised and raised as Catholic but changed to Rastafari in the 1960s.
4) Nine miles bestowed him with an ability to be a juvenile fortune teller at the age of four. He had a knack for telling people successively about their future by palm reading. When Bob was older, a woman asked him to read her hand, “I’m reading no more hands, I’m singing now.”
5) Married to Rita in 1966, had eleven children in total, 3 were their kids, 2 were adopted kids from Rita’s previous relationship and the rest were Bob’s kids with different women.
6) His father was white and mother black due to which he was known as mixed race. This made him feel alienated but was a huge leap towards the confidence he built up and the man he became.
7) He believed that smoking weed makes you free. As celebrity endorsements happen, he fits best with the proclamation of marijuana. The reggae icon is poised to become the face of the world’s first global marijuana brand- Marley Natural. “Herb is a plant. Herb is good for everything. Herb is a thing that gives you little time for yourself so you can live.”
8) Marley received the United Nation Peace Medal of the Third World in 1978, Order of Merit in 1981 and was inducted in Rock and Roll Fame in 1994, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.
9) He was diagnosed with malignant melanoma(skin cancer) in 1977 and got his toe and toenail grafted. But since cancer did spread from the nail to his brain and lungs and he left the world on 11th May 1981 at the age of 36 while travelling from Germany back home to Jamaica. As his health was worsened, he got down at Miami airport and was buried in the Magic City. His departing words to his son Ziggy were, “Money can’t buy life.”
10) There is also an official day after him. Officials in Toronto, Canada celebrate 6th February as Bob Marley Day as a world ambassador of reggae music.
So it’s no surprise if the entire world pays a tribute to the famous Reggae singer the world ever got!
If anyone of you have heard his name for the first time and would like to know his hits then you can listen to – Easy Shanking, Stir It Up, Three little birds, Waiting In Rain, Exodus title track, Satisfy My Soul, Soul Rebel, Get Up Stand Up, Buffalo Soldier, Redemption Song.
By Manisha Chandel