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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BOB MARLEY

 
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NAME: Bob Marley
OCCUPATION: Singer, Songwriter
BIRTH DATE: February 6, 1945
DEATH DATE: May 11, 1981
PLACE OF BIRTH: St. Ann Parish, Jamaica
PLACE OF DEATH: Miami,
Florida

Jamaican singer, musician and songwriter Bob Marley served as a world ambassador for reggae music. He sold more than 20 million records throughout his career.

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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.

"Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds."
– Bob Marley
EARLY LIFE IN JAMAICA

Singer, musician, songwriter Bob Marley helped introduce reggae music to the world and remains one of its most beloved artists to this day. The son of a black teenage mother and much older, later absent white father, he spent his early years in the rural village known as Nine Miles in the parish of St. Ann.

One of his childhood friends in St. Ann was Neville "Bunny" O'Riley Livingston. Attending the same school, the two shared a love of music. Bunny inspired Bob to learn to play the guitar. Later Livingston's father and Marley's mother became involved, and they all lived together for a time in Kingston, according to Christopher John Farley's Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley.

Arriving in Kingston in the late 1950s, Marley lived in Trench Town, one of the city's poorest neighborhoods. He struggled in poverty, but he found inspiration in the music around him. Trench Town had a number of successful local performers and was considered the Motown of Jamaica. Sounds from the United States also drifted in over the radio and through jukeboxes. Marley liked such artists as Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, and the Drifters.

Marley and Livingston devoted much of their time to music. Under the guidance of Joe Higgs, Marley worked on improving his singing abilities. He met another student of Higgs, Peter McIntosh (later Peter Tosh) who would play an important role in Marley's career. >>

Bob Marley. (2012). Biography.com. Retrieved 04:34, Aug 26, 2012 from http://www.biography.com/people/bob-marley-9399524

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