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Bob Marley


Bob Marley (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981), born Nesta Robert Marley which was later to be changed by passport officials to Robert Nesta Marley, was a Jamaican singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. He was the most widely known writer and performer of Reggae, and more specifically Roots Reggae. He is famous for popularising the genre outside of Jamaica and the Caribbean. Much of his music dealt with the struggles of the spiritually wealthy rasta and/or spiritually powerful Jah Rastafari.

Starting out in 1963 with the group Bob Marley & The Wailers, he forged a distinctive song-writing and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences worldwide.

The Wailers would go on to release some of the earliest reggae records with producer Lee Scratch Perry.

After The Wailers disbanded in 1974, Marley pursued a solo career which culminated in the release of the album Exodus in 1977 which established his worldwide reputation and became one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, with sales of more than 75 million albums and singles.

Bob Marley was a member of this Rastafari movement, whose culture was a key element in the development of reggae. Bob Marley became the leading proponent of the Rastafari, taking their music out of socially deprived areas of Jamaica and onto the international music scene.

Now considered a "Rasta" prophet, Marley's adoption of the characteristic Rastafarian dreadlocks and famous use of marijuana as a sacred sacrament in the late sixties were an integral part of his persona. He is said to have entered every performance proclaiming the divinity of Jah Rastafari.

A few months before his death, Marley was baptised into the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and took the name Berhane Selassie (meaning the Light of the Holy Trinity in Amharic).

His best known songs are a mixture of reggae, Roots Reggae, and rhythm and blues, which include:

I Shot the Sheriff
Exodus
Could You Be Loved
Redemption Song
No Woman, No Cry
Three Little Birds
Buffalo Soldier
Is This Love
One Love
Stir It Up
Jammin'
Get Up, Stand Up

His posthumous album Legend (1984) became the best-selling reggae album ever, with sales of more than 12 million copies.

Bob Marley was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994; in December 1999, his album “Exodus” (1977) was named Album of the Century by Time Magazine and his song “One Love” was designated Song of the Millennium by the BBC.


Awards and Honors:

1976 - Rolling Stone Magazine's "Band of the Year"
1978 - United Nations' Peace Medal of the Third World
1981 - Jamaican Order of Merit
1994 - The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
1999 - Time Magazine's Best Album of the Century
2001 - Star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2001- GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award
2004 - Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time (#11)
2006 - The United Kingdom's "Blue Plaque"
2006 - Bob Marley Boulevard named in Brooklyn, New York
2010 - GRAMMY Hall Of Fame (Catch A Fire)
2012 - August the 7th, proclamed Bob Marley Day (Los Angeles)
2013 - GRAMMY Tribute Performance



Marley tragically died of cancer at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami, Florida on May 11, 1981.

Religion:
Bob Marley was a member of the Rastafari movement, (not rastafaranism as that is seen as a derogortory term as Rasta's don't like being refered to as an ism) whose culture was a key element in the development of reggae music in Jamaica. Rastas belive they are outcast from their native Zion and looked on Ethiopia as their real home and Tafarai Makonnen, who took the title Haile Sellasie I(Power of the Holy Trinity in Amharic), after he became the emperor of Ethiopia, as their leader. Rastas belive H.I.M. is Jesus in flesh. Rastas are considered to be black Jews.
Rastas claim their root from King Solomon and Abbysinian queen of Sheba, through lineage of their son Menelik, emperor of Abbysinia. H.I.M. is said to be a direct decendant of Menelik. 'Ras' means Head and 'Tafarai" means Creator. 'Jah' is the shortened form of the Hebrew word Jehovah. Rastas belive in one truth and that is the truth of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Sellasie I, King of kings, Lord of lords, conquering Lion of the tribe of Judah, two hundred and twenty-fifth ruler of the three thousand year old Ethiopian empire, elect of Jah, Light of the world. Jah Rastafari live out. Rastas preach a non-materialistic, egalitarian way of life. Bob Marley became a leading proponent of the Rastafari, taking their music out of the socially deprived areas of Jamaica and onto the international music scene. Bob Marley was baptized by the Archbishop of the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Church in Kingston, Jamaica on November 4, 1980.

Diet:
Marley's diet was ital; fruit, vegetables and fish; which is food approved by the Rastafari movement.

Family:
Bob Marley had 13 children: three with his wife Rita Marley, two adopted from Rita's previous relationships, and the remaining eight with separate women.

His children are, in order of birth:
Imani Carole, born May 22, 1963, to Cheryl Murray;
Sharon, born November 23, 1964, to Rita in previous relationship;
Cedella born August 23, 1967, to Rita;
David "Ziggy Marley", born October 17, 1968, to Rita;
Stephen Marley, born April 20, 1972, to Rita;
Robert "Robbie", born May 16, 1972, to Pat Williams;
Rohan, born May 19, 1972, to Janet Hunt;
Karen, born 1973 to Janet Bowen;
Stephanie, born August 17, 1974; according to Cedella Booker she was the daughter of Rita and a man called Ital with whom Rita had an affair; nonetheless she was acknowledged as Bob's daughter;
Julian Marley, born June 4, 1975, to Lucy Pounder;
Ky-Mani Marley, born February 26, 1976, to Anita Belnavis;
Damian Marley, born July 21, 1978, to Cindy Breakspeare;
Makeda, born May 30, 1981, to Yvette Crichton.


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Song lyric Stir It Up STIR IT UP Bob Marley
Song lyric One Love ONE LOVE Bob Marley
Song lyric Is This Love IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley
Song lyric Sun Is Shining SUN IS SHINING Bob Marley
Song lyric Three Little Birds THREE LITTLE BIRDS Bob Marley
Song lyric Buffalo Soldier BUFFALO SOLDIER Bob Marley
Song lyric No Woman No Cry NO WOMAN NO CRY Bob Marley
Song lyric Could You Be Loved COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley
Song lyric Jamming JAMMING Bob Marley
Song lyric I Shot The Sheriff I SHOT THE SHERIFF Bob Marley
Song lyric Redemption Song REDEMPTION SONG Bob Marley
Song lyric Exodus EXODUS Bob Marley
Song lyric Waiting In Vain WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley
Song lyric Satisfy My Soul SATISFY MY SOUL Bob Marley
Song lyric Natural Mystic NATURAL MYSTIC Bob Marley
Song lyric Iron Lion Zion IRON LION ZION Bob Marley
Song lyric Get Up Stand Up GET UP STAND UP Bob Marley
Song lyric Kaya KAYA Bob Marley
Song lyric Turn Your Lights Down Low TURN YOUR LIGHTS DOWN LOW Bob Marley
Song lyric Concrete Jungle CONCRETE JUNGLE Bob Marley
Song lyric Jammin' JAMMIN' Bob Marley
Song lyric Soul Rebel SOUL REBEL Bob Marley
Song lyric Small Axe SMALL AXE Bob Marley
Song lyric Easy Skanking EASY SKANKING Bob Marley
Song lyric Duppy Conqueror DUPPY CONQUEROR Bob Marley
Song lyric Put It On PUT IT ON Bob Marley
Song lyric No Woman, No Cry NO WOMAN, NO CRY Bob Marley
Song lyric So Much Trouble In The World SO MUCH TROUBLE IN THE WORLD Bob Marley
Song lyric Africa Unite AFRICA UNITE Bob Marley
Song lyric Mellow Mood MELLOW MOOD Bob Marley
Song lyric Trenchtown Rock TRENCHTOWN ROCK Bob Marley
Song lyric Kinky Reggae KINKY REGGAE Bob Marley
Song lyric War WAR Bob Marley
Song lyric Trench Town Rock TRENCH TOWN ROCK Bob Marley
Song lyric African Herbsman AFRICAN HERBSMAN Bob Marley
Song lyric Roots, Rock, Reggae ROOTS, ROCK, REGGAE Bob Marley
Song lyric One Drop ONE DROP Bob Marley
Song lyric Stand Alone STAND ALONE Bob Marley
Song lyric A lalala long A LALALA LONG Bob Marley
Song lyric Acoustic Medley ACOUSTIC MEDLEY Bob Marley
Song lyric All In One ALL IN ONE Bob Marley
Song lyric Ambush In The Night AMBUSH IN THE NIGHT Bob Marley
Song lyric Babylon System BABYLON SYSTEM Bob Marley
Song lyric Bad Card BAD CARD Bob Marley
Song lyric Bend Down Low BEND DOWN LOW Bob Marley
Song lyric Big Brown Eyes BIG BROWN EYES Bob Marley
Song lyric Blackman Redemption BLACKMAN REDEMPTION Bob Marley
Song lyric Bob Marley / Is This Love BOB MARLEY / IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley
Song lyric Brain Washing BRAIN WASHING Bob Marley
Song lyric Burnin' & Lootin' BURNIN' & LOOTIN' Bob Marley
Song lyric Chant Down Babylon CHANT DOWN BABYLON Bob Marley
Song lyric Coming In From The Cold COMING IN FROM THE COLD Bob Marley
Song lyric Crazy Baldhead CRAZY BALDHEAD Bob Marley
Song lyric Crazy Baldheads CRAZY BALDHEADS Bob Marley
Song lyric Crisis CRISIS Bob Marley
Song lyric Cry To Me CRY TO ME Bob Marley
Song lyric Don't Rock My Boat DON'T ROCK MY BOAT Bob Marley
Song lyric Don't Rock The Boat DON'T ROCK THE BOAT Bob Marley
Song lyric Don't Worry Be Happy DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY Bob Marley
Song lyric Everything's Gonna Be Alright EVERYTHING'S GONNA BE ALRIGHT Bob Marley
Song lyric Exo EXO Bob Marley
Song lyric Forever Loving Jah FOREVER LOVING JAH Bob Marley
Song lyric Fussing And Fighting FUSSING AND FIGHTING Bob Marley
Song lyric Give Thanks And Praises GIVE THANKS AND PRAISES Bob Marley
Song lyric Guiltiness GUILTINESS Bob Marley
Song lyric Hallelujah HALLELUJAH Bob Marley
Song lyric Hammer HAMMER Bob Marley
Song lyric How Many Times HOW MANY TIMES Bob Marley
Song lyric Hypocrites HYPOCRITES Bob Marley
Song lyric I Know I KNOW Bob Marley
Song lyric Iron, Lion, Zion IRON, LION, ZION Bob Marley
Song lyric It's Alright IT'S ALRIGHT Bob Marley
Song lyric Johnny Was JOHNNY WAS Bob Marley
Song lyric Keep On Moving KEEP ON MOVING Bob Marley
Song lyric Lively Up Yourself LIVELY UP YOURSELF Bob Marley
Song lyric Midnight Ravers MIDNIGHT RAVERS Bob Marley
Song lyric Misty Morning MISTY MORNING Bob Marley
Song lyric Mix Up, Mix Up MIX UP, MIX UP Bob Marley
Song lyric My Cup MY CUP Bob Marley
Song lyric Natty Dread NATTY DREAD Bob Marley
Song lyric Natural Mystic Live In Dortmund, Germany NATURAL MYSTIC LIVE IN DORTMUND, GERMANY Bob Marley
Song lyric Nice Time NICE TIME Bob Marley
Song lyric Night Shift NIGHT SHIFT Bob Marley
Song lyric No More Trouble NO MORE TROUBLE Bob Marley
Song lyric One Foundation ONE FOUNDATION Bob Marley
Song lyric One Love / People Get Ready ONE LOVE / PEOPLE GET READY Bob Marley
Song lyric One Love/people Get Ready ONE LOVE/PEOPLE GET READY Bob Marley
Song lyric Pass It On PASS IT ON Bob Marley
Song lyric Pimper's Paradise PIMPER'S PARADISE Bob Marley
Song lyric Positive Vibration POSITIVE VIBRATION Bob Marley
Song lyric Punky Reggae Party PUNKY REGGAE PARTY Bob Marley
Song lyric Rastaman Chant RASTAMAN CHANT Bob Marley
Song lyric Rastaman Live Up! RASTAMAN LIVE UP! Bob Marley
Song lyric Rat Race RAT RACE Bob Marley
Song lyric Real Situation REAL SITUATION Bob Marley
Song lyric Rebel Music REBEL MUSIC Bob Marley
Song lyric Rebel Music ( 3 O'Clock Roadblock ) REBEL MUSIC ( 3 O'CLOCK ROADBLOCK ) Bob Marley
Song lyric Rebel's Hop REBEL'S HOP Bob Marley
Song lyric Red Red Wine RED RED WINE Bob Marley
Song lyric Redemption Songs REDEMPTION SONGS Bob Marley
Song lyric Revolution REVOLUTION Bob Marley
Song lyric Ride Natty Ride RIDE NATTY RIDE Bob Marley
Song lyric Riding High RIDING HIGH Bob Marley
Song lyric Rock It Baby ROCK IT BABY Bob Marley
Song lyric Roots ROOTS Bob Marley
Song lyric Running Away RUNNING AWAY Bob Marley
Song lyric She's Gone SHE'S GONE Bob Marley
Song lyric Slave Driver SLAVE DRIVER Bob Marley
Song lyric Slave Driver (Catch a Fire) SLAVE DRIVER (CATCH A FIRE) Bob Marley
Song lyric So Jah Seh SO JAH SEH Bob Marley
Song lyric So Much Things To Say SO MUCH THINGS TO SAY Bob Marley
Song lyric Stiff Necked Fools STIFF NECKED FOOLS Bob Marley
Song lyric Stop That Train STOP THAT TRAIN Bob Marley
Song lyric Survival SURVIVAL Bob Marley
Song lyric Talkin' Blues TALKIN' BLUES Bob Marley
Song lyric The Heathen THE HEATHEN Bob Marley
Song lyric The sun is shining THE SUN IS SHINING Bob Marley
Song lyric Them Belly Full THEM BELLY FULL Bob Marley
Song lyric Them Belly Full (But We Hungry ) THEM BELLY FULL (BUT WE HUNGRY ) Bob Marley
Song lyric Them Belly Full (But We Hungry) THEM BELLY FULL (BUT WE HUNGRY) Bob Marley
Song lyric Time Will Tell TIME WILL TELL Bob Marley
Song lyric Top Rankin' TOP RANKIN' Bob Marley
Song lyric Treat You Right TREAT YOU RIGHT Bob Marley
Song lyric Trench Town TRENCH TOWN Bob Marley
Song lyric Turn Your Lights Down Low (ft. Lauryn Hill) TURN YOUR LIGHTS DOWN LOW (FT. LAURYN HILL) Bob Marley
Song lyric Waitin' in Vain WAITIN' IN VAIN Bob Marley
Song lyric Wake Up And Live WAKE UP AND LIVE Bob Marley
Song lyric Want More WANT MORE Bob Marley
Song lyric We And Dem WE AND DEM Bob Marley
Song lyric Who The Cap Fit WHO THE CAP FIT Bob Marley
Song lyric Work WORK Bob Marley
Song lyric Zimbabwe ZIMBABWE Bob Marley
Song lyric Zion Train ZION TRAIN Bob Marley
Song lyric redemption song acustic REDEMPTION SONG ACUSTIC Bob Marley