Most of us can attest to loving Bob Marley.
I can still remember the first time I heard “No Woman, No Cry” blaring out of my brother’s stereo when we were kids.
Looking back, it all seems so clear to me. I can recall exactly where I was, what I was wearing and how his music made me feel. The sun was shining through the windows of the bedroom that we shared and it was almost as if I was transported to some distant land. I instantly fell in love with his voice, the beats…everything.
The song was hypnotizing and seemed to dance in my head. Whether I knew it or not at the time, I was a fan from the start. A dreamer. A hippie. No other musician really comes close to the message and heart that he spoke.
Singer-songwriter and musician, Nesta Robert Marley, more commonly known as Bob Marley, preached love and peace, but he seems to only be remembered for smoking weed. Yes, he may have been high all the time but that’s besides the point!
If you were to take a moment to look beyond the facade of this soul rebel you would quickly learn that there is so much more to his story.
Today, Bob would have been 69-years-old and most likely still a devout Rastafarian. He died from cancer at the tender age of 36.
Not only did this Jamaican musical icon bring about global consciousness to the island with his rhythms, he also influenced everything from hip-hop to punk.
As a leader, a rebel, a lover and a free spirit, he left an impact on the world that is still deeply felt. He has been immortalized through his melodies and on the T-shirts and bedroom posters of countless admirers.
Nobody even really knows what the word “Reggae” means. Do you? It doesn’t matter – Bob made it his life’s work to spread it far and wide and it oftentimes even seems that Reggae died with him.
Marley achieved vast fame and substantial wealth while creating some of the 20th century’s most socially significant music. His songs about social justice, unity, integrity and social conscience brought people from all walks of life together.
Now – who doesn’t love a good excuse to party on a Wednesday? We know Snoop will be celebrating in Bob’s honor. He is probably lighting one up right now.
Today there will be countless venues all across the US and the world opening up their doors to celebrate the one and only legend.
In honor of his passing, we thought we’d share some facts about Bob with you that you may not be aware of. Some may surprise you, while others, well, may not…
- As a little kid, Bob had a knack for deeply spooking people by successfully predicting their futures by reading their palms.
- Bob believed that smoking marijuana revealed you to yourself. Made you free.
- Bob discovered that the reason he was still poor after being famous for so long was because his long-time manager and friend Don Taylor had been robbing him blind. Bob beat Don to within an inch of his life. Then he fired him.
- For a long time Bob drove a BMW and believed it stood for Bob Marley and the Wailers.
- Bob was a professional level soccer player and also played a pretty damn good game of ping-pong.
- His father was white and his mother was black, but he self-identified as a black African.
- He was a womanizer and fathered an untold number of kids, although his official website recognizes 11.
- When he moved to states after marrying his wife Rita, he worked at the DuPont and Chrysler plants under the alias “Donald Marley.”
Also, if you have not had the opportunity to watch his documentary, “Marley,” check out the trailer below! It features rare footage, archival photos, performances and interviews with his friends and family.