Bob Marley

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

6th February, 1945







Bob Marley (born Nesta Robert Marley, 6.2.1945, died 11.5.1981)
Bob Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer and songwriter.

Net worth: Bob Marley's net worth is $130 million (Celebrity Net Worth, 2014).

Childhood: Bob Marley was born in the Jamaican village of Nine Mile, Saint Ann Parish. His first two names were later swapped around by a passport official. His father was Norval Sinclair Marley, a marine officer and a white English-Jamaican. His mother was Cedella Booker. As a child, Marley was often the target of racial abuse, due to his mixed-race heritage. Whilst at school, Bob became friends with Neville "Bunny" Livingston, Peter McIntosh (Peter Tosh) and Joe Higgs and at 14, left school to make music with Higgs.

Musical career: Bob Marley's first two singles were recorded in 1962. 'Judge Not' and 'One Cup of Coffee' were both released under the name Bobby Martell. Though they were not hugely popular at the time, the songs were later included on the Songs of Freedom box set. The next year, he formed a band named The Teenagers, along with Peter Tosh, Bunny Livingston, Junior Braithwaite, Cherry Smith and Beverley Kelso. The band played ska music and later altered their name to The Wailing Rudeboys. A further change saw them renamed as The Wailers. Braithwaite, Smith and Kelso had all left the band by 1966. Some of The wailer's earliest recorded work was done alongside Lee Scratch Perry and his band The Upsetters. The Wailers' debut album was released in 1973. Catch a Fire was then followed up by Burnin', which featured 'I Shot The Sheriff' and 'Get Up Stand Up'. Two of Marley's most famous songs. In 1974, the band broke up and all three members pursued solo careers. Bob Marley continued performing, with a new band, under the name Bob Marley and the Wailers. His wife, Rita Marley, featured in his band of back-up singers, known as the I-Threes. Marley's first international hit came with 'No Woman, No Cry', which featured on the album Natty Dread. The next album, Rastaman Vibration, lasted four weeks in the US album charts' Top 10. Toward the end of 1976, Bob Marley travelled to England. There, he recorded Exodus and Kaya. Exodus was by far the more successful of the two, remaining on the UK album charts for over a year. Marley's live performances were often highly revered. His double live album, Babylon By Bus, was well received by critics at the time of its release. In 1979, Marley released Survival, which featured tracks such as 'Africa Unite' and 'Wake Up and Live'. In 1980, Marley was invited to perform at Zimbabwe's Independence Day celebrations. Bob Marley's final studio album was Uprising. Released in 1980, the album featured some of Marley's most religious work, such as 'Redemption Song'. In 1983, following Marley's death in 1981, a collection of his unreleased work was released, under the name Confrontation. In 1994, Bob Marley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Personal life: Bob Marley was a Rastafarian; part of a culture that worships former Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie I and advocates cannabis use among its many doctrines. He was, however, baptised as a Christian before his death. He married Rita Anderson in 1966 with whom he had three children; Cedella (b. 1967), Ziggy (b. 1968) and Stephen (b. 1972); and whose child, Sharon (b. 1964), he adopted. He has several children with other women; Robbie (b. 1972) with Pat Williams, Rohan (b. 1972) with Janet Hunt, Karen (b. 1973) with Janet Bowen, Julian (b. 1975) with Lucy Pounder, Ky-Mani (b. 1976) with Anita Belnavis and Damian (b. 1978) with Cindy Breakspeare among others. Marley was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma on his toe in July 1977. Following his Rastafarian beliefs to the letter, he refused amputation. The cancer spread to his liver, brain and lungs. In 1980, he collapsed whilst jogging in Central Park, NYC. Bob Marley's final concert was in September 1980, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Marley died in Miami, Florida, where he had stopped for immediate medical attention. He was aged only 36. The cause of death was the spread of the melanoma to his lungs and brain. He received a state funeral in Jamaica, ten days after his death.

Mid-Week Playlist: 15 Happy Tunes To Get You Through Work

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 08 August 2018

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From 'Happy' to 'Banana Pancakes', these are soaked in positivity.

It's hard enough getting through a working week without the struggle of choosing some appropriate tunes to help you stay motivated. Thus, we've taken the liberty of putting together our own ultimate happy playlist that is sure to keep you smiling for the rest of the week.

Image caption Pharrell at the Latin Grammy Awards

1. Pharrell Williams - Happy
This was released for the 'Despicable Me 2' soundtrack in 2013 and featured on his second album 'Girl'. This Diamond certified tune was Pharrell's only solo number one, winning two Grammys and becoming the eighth highest selling single of all time in the UK. And there's a good reason for that; it's the happiest song to be written since 'If You're Happy and You Know It'.

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Anna Wintour Never Slept With Bob Marley... But She Absolutely Would Have

By Holly Williams in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 27 October 2017

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She confesses all in James Corden's 'Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts' game.

Prepare for your opinion of Anna Wintour to change dramatically. She appeared on James Corden's 'Late Late Show' segment 'Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts', where she joked about sleeping with Bob Marley, wearing Prada, and a Met Gala guest that will never get another invitation.

Image caption Anna Wintour at a Milan Fashion Week gala

We didn't think late night talk shows were the 67-year-old Vogue editor's thing either, but she proved everybody wrong by letting her hair down and chowing down on some of the most disgusting food James' team could come up with - at least in her opinion.

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Who Is Skip Marley? Everything You Need To Know About This Rising Reggae Star

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 16 February 2017

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Bob Marley's grandson has collaborated with Kate Perry on her new single.

Having appeared on Katy Perry's most recent single 'Chained to the Rhythm', the artist on everyone's lips is the successor of a legend: Skip Marley. He's barely out of his teens, but his music career already looks a promising one - as much as it was also predictable.

Image caption Introducing Bob's grandson Skip Marley

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Skip is the 20-year-old son of Cedella Marley - which in turn makes him the grandson of arguably the most famous reggae star in the history of music, Bob Marley. It was only fate, then, that he should follow in his late grandfather's footsteps and pursue music.

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Why Madonna's "Rebel Heart" Pictures (Probably) Were NOT A PR Blunder

By Victoria Pavlova in Music / Festivals on 04 January 2015

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Madonna's PR team just got weird on us.

Let’s talk about the Madonna thing. Not because Madonna still has any cultural relevance per se , but because a little bit of media buzz may or may not have been the only thing her publicity team was after with the “controversial” Rebel Heart images.

If you’ve somehow managed to stay out of the loop on this one, here’s the brief. On January 2, Madonna (or a PR assistant or something) instagrammed some photo manips, depicting cultural icons like Nelson Mandela, MLK and Bob Marley (also Marilyn Monroe, but that’s not the one people are getting angry about) tied up in the same black string (“ribbon”) Madge can be seen wearing on the album cover.

Image caption Oops! Madonna didn't mean to be racist, you guys!

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Bob Marley's Legacy Honoured With Forthcoming Marijuana Blend: Marley Natural

By Holly Williams in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 19 November 2014

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New herbal blend to be released by Privateer Holdings in tribute to the musical legend.

It seems reggae legend Bob Marley's life-long passion is being embraced in the best way imaginable, as a brand new collection of legal marijuana is set to be unveiled in his name. Well, it was only a matter of time.

Cedella Marley showed her support over Marley Natural

Marley Natural is the official blend of Jamaican pot developed by Privateer Holdings in partnership with the family of Bob Marley. The private equity firm is well-known for its investments regarding legal and medical cannabis and now unveil the new brand in honour of the 'No Woman, No Cry' singer's beliefs about the benefits of the drug.

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Copyright Dispute Over 13 Bob Marley Songs Kicks Off In London

By Jack de Aguilar in Music / Festivals on 14 May 2014

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Cayman claim a section of songs shouldn't have been included in a 1992 deal with Blue Mountain Music

A number of Bob Marley songs – including the iconic ‘No Woman No Cry’ are at the centre of a rights dispute being heard at The High Court in London. The publisher Cayman Music is attempting to retrieve the rights, claiming that they were not included when it sold some of its rights in 1992 to Blue Mountain Music because Marley had written them under different names. Blue Mountain, though, says the songs were covered under the transfer deal.

Crazy Baldhead, Johnny Was, Natty Dread, Positive Vibration, Rat Race, Rebel Music (Road Block), Talking Blues, Them Belly Full, Want More, War, Who The Cap Fit and So Jah She are all under dispute as Cayman attempt to claw back a large chunk of royalties while Blue Mountain Music claims the deal included all 13 songs.

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Michael Jackson Named Top Earning Celebrity Dead Or Alive

By Joe Wilde in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 24 October 2013

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The late King of Pop isn't just the top earning dead celebrity, but the highest earning celeb of the last year in total

In it's most recent list of top celebrity earners, Forbes has named Michael Jackson as the highest earning dead celebrity of the last year. With his estate earning an estimated $160 million between October 2012 and June 2013, not only is Michael the top earning dead celebrity, but the top earning celebrity in general.

Michael Jackson tops the list once again

Michael's earnings over the last year amount to $35 million more than the top-placed living celebrity, Madonna, who Forbes estimates earned $125 million between 2012 and 2013. As reported by Forbes, this marks the "third time in the past five years" that a dead celebrity has been crowned the highest earner of the year. How appropriate for a list that is released just before Halloween.

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Lauryn Hill Begins Three Month Stay In Prison For Tax Evasion

By Joe Wilde in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 09 July 2013

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The singer has been sent to a federal prison in Connecticut to serve out her three month sentence for tax dodging

Lauryn Hill is officially a jail bird, as the rapper/singer has begun her three month stay behind bars for tax evasion charges. According to TMZ, Hill checked into the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury on Monday (July 8) morning at approximately 11.15 a.m. EST, where she will serve out the entirety of her short stay in prison.

Hill began her 3 month stay in prison on Monday

According to the report from TMZ, the former Fugees singer and rapper will be held in a minimum security facility where inmates are housed in army barrack-like buildings and are given a considerable amount of freedom compared to inmates at higher security prisons. Hill will be living among the general prison population and will not be given special, isolated treatment because of her celebrity status.

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Bunny Wailer Disgruntled By Snoop Lion And Threatening To Sue For Being A False Rastafarian

By Lorna Greville in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 23 January 2013

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Snoop Lion used to be called Snoop Dogg and was born Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr - that's a lot of names for one person to have in their lifetime. The reason behind Snoop's anthropomorphising is due to his new found rastafarian status, apparently. However, now, after Snoop has made a documentary called 'Reincarnation' and recorded his first reggae album, Bunny Wailer of Bob Marley and the Wailers, is threatening to take legal action against the ex-rapper.

Speaking to TMZ he said that Snoop Lion has committed "outright fraudulent use of Rastafari Community's personalities and symbolism," and has failed to meet "contractual, moral and verbal commitments." Along with Bunny's comments, Snoop has also received a seven page letter from Ethio-Africa Diaspora Union Millennium Council (aka Rastafari Millennium Council) expressing their disgust with his actions.

They feel that Snoop's documentary is reductive and makes it looks as though "smoking weed and loving Bob Marley and reggae music is... what defines the Rastafari Indigenous Culture!" When it most certainly is not. All of this has culminated in a potential law suit. "[T]hey want Snoop to stop using the name "Lion" ... pay up the "financial and moral support" they claim he committed, and issue a public apology." Everyone knows him as Snoop Dogg anyway, he's got bags of money and sorry is just a word. Shouldn't be too difficult.

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Donisha Prendergast, Bob Marley and Radio - Donisha Prendergast, the granddaughter of Bob Marley leaving the BBC Radio 1 studios Tuesday 4th December 2012 Featuring: Donisha Prendergast Where: London, United Kingdom

Happy 70th Birthday, Jimi Hendrix! Is It Too Late To Become A Hendrix Fan?

By Hayley Avron in Music / Festivals on 27 November 2012

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Jimi Hendrix, in action, in his heyday

Happy Birthday, Jimi Hendrix! Today, Jimi Hendrix would have been celebrating his 70th birthday, had a tragic turn of events not resulted in his death on September 18, 1970.

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