The Bob Marley had a beginning. He was born on February 6, 1945 in the ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica. His father was Norman Marley, a British Naval Captain submitted to the West Indies during the Second World War.
Bob Marley married Alpharita Constantia “Rita” Anderson in Kingston, Jamaica, on 10 February 1966. Marley had children: three two adopted from Rita’s previous relationships, along with his wife Rita, and others with women.
The Bob Marley official site acknowledges eleven kids. It has been 38 years since Bob Marley died, but his legacy is bigger than ever. History has it that “Money can not buy life” were the last words late music legend, Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley uttered to his son, Ziggy as the 36 year-old Jamaican passed away on May 11, 1981 at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami, USA surrounded by members of his family including his weeping mother, Cedelar Booker after his long struggle with cancer and brain tumor.
Late Marley had small Western education as he dropped out of school at 14 to become an apprentice welder. He quit welding to team up with Peter Tosh whom he had met recently and released one, Simmer Down which enjoyed a significant airplay on the radio.
Today marks 38 years after his death and it is safe to say that his music, legend and impactful message lives on! Six years after, Bob Marley’s work lives on, he would always be remembered as the wailing voice of the oppressed, a thorn in the flesh of their oppressors and the apostle of reggae music.
He had been the Carribean Island’s cultural ambassador along with his indelible mark in the world and influence on music even on generations. With 42 releases, plus videos of him and photos captured both on and off the story of Bob Marley is one of the most chronicled in all of music history At the time of his death, the world was shook with the information but comforted by the illustrious legacy the iconic figure left where he used his music as a tool to fight societal ills as well making it an avenue to combine the human race.
In 1964, Marley and Tosh formed the Wailing Wailers together with Bunny Livingstone Wailer, Junior Braithwaite, Beverly Kelso, Rita Anderson (who afterwards became Rita Marley in 1966), Judy Mowatt, and Marcia Griffith (the 1-Three).
The group was popular in Jamaica as it performed in several shows. In 1972, Chris Blackwell’s Island Records and the following year, 1973 signed the Wailers came out with their debut album, Catch A Fire a record that introduced the Wailers into superstardom.
As the tour was the group toured Britain, but as successful, it turned out to be the turning point for the group. Back in Jamaica, the group split with Bonny Walter and Peter Tosh opting out after alleging Bob Marley function while.