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.
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.
Oops! Madonna didn't mean to be racist, you guys!
Continue reading: Why Madonna's "Rebel Heart" Pictures (Probably) Were NOT A PR Blunder
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.
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.
Continue reading: Copyright Dispute Over 13 Bob Marley Songs Kicks Off In London
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.
Continue reading: Michael Jackson Named Top Earning Celebrity Dead Or Alive
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