His son Rohan played
American football and became an entrepreneur
and his son Robbie decided he did not want a
life in the limelight and so has made his
life outside of the music industry. We may
no longer have Bob Marley but his music
Bob Marley Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1945 - 1981 *** Full Name: Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley *** Occupation: Jamaican Reggae Singer, Songwriter, Musician and Guitarist *** Date of Birth: Bob Marley was born on February 6th 1945 *** Place of Birth: Bob Marley was born in Nine Mile, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica *** Family background: His father was Norval Sinclair Marley and his mother was Cedella Booker. His father was a British-born White Jamaican born in Sussex, England with possible family ties to Syrian Jewish origins. He did not see his father very often although his father provided financial support for him and his mother. When he was ten years old his father died of a heart attack aged seventy years *** Early life and childhood: He grew up in Jamaica *** Education: Bob Marley attended Stepney Primary and Junior High School ***
Bob Marley Fact 1: Bob Marley
was born on February 6th 1945 and
during the 20th century period in
history when so many wonderful and
terrible events shaped a New World.
World War I and World War II, the
Korean War, the Vietnam War and the
Cold War but also such marvels as
advances in medicine, technology,
travel, the expansion of car travel
and air travel and a massive change
within the industry of
Bob Marley Fact 9: In February 1964 they released the single “Simmer Down” on the Coxsone label and the record became a number one single selling around seventy thousand copies.
Bob Marley Fact 10: Regularly
recording for Studio One, other
established musicians, Ernest Raglin,
Jackie Mitto and Roland Alphonso
would join the Wailers although by
1966 Smith, Kelso and Braithwaite
had left the group leaving just
Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Marley.
Bob Marley Fact 16: While in London Marley had been introduced to Chris Blackwell who would later gift Marley with his Kingston home and company headquarters which Marley would later use as his home.
Bob Marley Fact 17: Following his safe return from the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission, Bob Marley was decorated with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was also presented with a 45 day international goodwill tour. Four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame honour the crew of Apollo 11.
Bob Marley Fact 18: The band would find themselves fired while on tour opening seventeen shows for the U.S. Sly and Family Stone. They found themselves fired because they were doing better than the act they were opening for.
Bob Marley Fact 19: By 1974
The Wailers broke up but the exact
reason was unclear. Even though the
group broke up, Marley would carry
on using the name Bob Marley & The
Bob Marley Fact 21: After the incident he spent a month in Nassau in the Bahamas before relocating to England. He released Exodus and Kaya, Exodus stayed in the album chart in British album charts for fifty six consecutive weeks. The album included four his singles including “Exodus”, “Waiting in Vain”, “Jamming” and “One Love”
Bob Marley Fact 22: By July 1977 a malignant melanoma was discovered under the toe nail on Marley’s foot. He had the nail and nail bed removed but doctors had recommended having the toe amputated but he refused for religious reasons. It would be too little too late, the cancer had spread and he would eventually return home to Jamaica.
Bob Marley Fact 23: Bob
Marley died on May 11th 1981 at
Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami
as a result of the spread of the
cancer, he was thirty six years old.
He had been travelling to Jamaica
when he needed immediate care in
Miami. His body was laid to rest in
a chapel near his birthplace.
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