Bob Marley, the legend and his musical heritage
On February 6, reggae music legend would turn 76 years old. He was born in Nine Miles, Rhoden Hall, Saint Ann, on the island of Jamaica in 1945. He was the son of an 18-year-old Jamaican and a 50-year-old British captain who did not officially recognize him as his own son. He supported them financially, but the boy grew up alone with his mother. Although he grew up in poor suburban environments he was very passionate about reggae music. Together with a friend he started composing and so began the road to recognition.He and Neville O’Riley Livingston-Bunny were heavily influenced by the music of Ray Charles, Brook Benton or Fats Domino, and by a band well known on the island as “The Drifters”.
In 1962 Bob Marley auditioned for a music producer who, surprised by his vocal skills, invited him to the studio to record some pieces.In 1963 he decided to form a band and thus was born “Wailing Willers”.
The band’s first song appeared in late 1963.
It was December 5, 1976 when Bob Marley at the time not a political activist decided to attend a free concert in Kingston, with the aim of promoting peace. Following the announcement of the concert, the government called elections on December 20th. Two days before Bobby gave the concert, his wife and manager were injured in an assassination attempt. For a long time there were suspicions that the CIA was involved in this event.
Bob was injured in the arm and very close to the heart but thankfully the recovery was fast. The show was held and had success!In the summer of 1979 “Bob Marley & The Wailers” released the album “Survival” – a tribute album to the African cause. It includes songs such as: “Zimbabwe”, “So Much Trouble In The World”, “Ambush In The Night” “Africa Unite”.The other album came out in 1980 and also contained great hits like: Could You Be Loved? or “Redemption Song”.
Shortly afterwards “Bob Marley & The Wailers” embarked on a European tour with unimaginable success. A planned tour of the US followed but an old leg wound he had started to bring concerns.The untreated wound turned out to be carcinogenic and with all the treatments he did it spread.The last concert was held on December 23, 1980 at the Stanley Theater in Pitsburgh, Pennsylvania, where the live version of the song “Redemption Song” which is part of the album “Song of Freedom” was recorded.The disease progressed and the artist died at the age of 36 in a Miami hospital on May 11, 1981.On May 21, 1981, a national funeral was held for Bob Marley.
He was buried in his native village where he also rests in a mausoleum.