Bob Marley was born on February 6, 1945, in St. Ann Parish, Jamaica. In 1963, Marley and his friends formed the Wailing Wailers.The Wailers got their big break in 1972 when they landed a contract with Island Records. Marley has sold more than 20 million records, making him the first international superstar to emerge from the so-called Third World. He died in Miami, Florida, on May 11, 1981.
- He believed that smoking weed makes you free.
- He was born Nesta Robert Marley, but a Jamaican passport official swapped his first and middle names when he was a little boy.
- His father was white, and his mother was black, but he self-identified as a black African.
- He was raised Catholic, but converted to Rastafari in the 1960’s.
- When he first married his wife Rita and moved to the states, he spent time working at the DuPont and Chrysler plants under the alias “Donald Marley.”
- In 1976 A few days before the Smile Jamaica Concert, a gunman broke into Bob’s house and shot him in the arm. Bob still performed at the concert not wanting to give the gunman the benefit of the doubt. The gunman is still unknown.
- Bob Marley has an undetermined number of children, though his official website recognizes eleven.
- He was a vegetarian due to his devotion to the Rastafari practice Ital.
- His favorite Reggae singer was Bunny Wailer, and he thought the rest were “skanks.”.
- His band, The Wailers, was once fired from a tour because they were more popular than the act they opened for.
- His final words to his son Ziggy before he died of cancer at the age of 36 were “Money can’t buy life.”