Had Bob Nesta Marley been alive, then he would have turned 75 today. February 6th, 2020.
Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer and songwriter. Considered one of the pioneers of reggae, his musical career was marked by blending elements of reggae, ska, and rocksteady, as well as forging a smooth and distinctive vocal and songwriting style.
Bob Marley was born in Nine Mile, Jamaica.
The legend Bob Nesta Marley was an icon whose influence became larger than life. Here are things about the legend that you probably did not know:
In December of 1976, Bob was set to perform for a non-political concert called Smile Jamaica to help ease the tension. However, the People’s National Party scheduled the date of the election on the same day of the concert so it would look like Bob Marley and the Wailers were supporting the People’s National Party. This move pushed retaliatory attacks on Bob from opposing political sides. Rita Marley, his wife was shot on the head but survived and the wailers in the company of Bob Marley were shot at by unknown civilians. Bob was shot in the arm and remained with the bullet lodged inside his arm until 1981 when he died. Doctors warned that removing the bullet could make him lose the function of his fingers.
In the course of Bob Nesta Marley’s career, he won a number of awards:
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame- 1994.
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award- 2001.
Order of Merit- 1981
Peace Medal of the Third World- 1978
Bob Marley has 12 children to his name. 11 of whom are recorded on Bob Marley’s official website. Not all of whom were the product of his marriage to Rita.
After his death in 1981, Marley’s music has continued to be played and loved—and therefore continues to rake in the money. In 2016, he was the fifth highest-earning dead celebrity in the world, according to Forbes, preceded by fellow musicians Prince, Elvis Presley, and Michael Jackson.
Also interesting, is that Bob Marley loved football and was a palm reader prior to going into reggae music.