The Best of Bob Marley by Rohan Marley

Posted on Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 at 9:12 am
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Bob Marley’s legacy has its roots in Jamaica, in the small village of Nine Mile in Saint Ann Parish, and eventually stretched across the globe. No one could have imagined that this half-white, half-black poor Jamaican boy would one day create music that defined a generation.

When Marley moved to Kingston after his father’s death, he found poverty and music intertwined in the slums. He began making music with his friend Bunny Wailer at the age of 14, opting to attend jam sessions with Wailer and Joe Higgs instead of attending school. Marley and Wailer eventually joined forces with Peter Tosh, and by 1966 they had formed a trio simply called “The Wailers”.

After landing a major record deal and pursuing several U.S. tours, The Wailers eventually broke up in 1974 after they were fired from a tour opening for Sly and the Family Stone—as openers The Wailers were receiving more popularity than Sly and the Family Stone in the shows.

Post-breakup, Tosh and Wailer pursued solo careers. Marley did the same, but performed with a back-up band as “Bob Marley and the Wailers”. After 1974, he gained huge support in the U.S. and continued to have hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

In July 1977, in the middle of a world tour, Marley was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  He flew back to his native land of Jamaica, and after a series of failed treatments, he passed away in 1981. His final words to his son Ziggy were, “Money can’t buy life.”

Over the next few weeks, in honor of the great Bob Marley, we’re going to give you our “Best of Bob Marley” list. We know that his legacy is not limited to great songs like “Jammin’” or “No Woman, No Cry,” but include all of the movements his ideas inspired. Our list includes his music (our top 3 covers of Bob Marley), his children and their accomplishments (Rohan Marley began the sustainable, fair-trade Marley Coffee empire), and his influence on the Rastafari movement.

Keep checking the blog for more updates as we bring you the Best of Bob Marley.

Peace and love.

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