Robert Nesta Marley was born in Nine Mile, Jamaica
Robert Nesta Marley was born in Nine Mile, Jamaica on February 6, 1945.
Bob Marley began playing music in 1963 with the Wailers. They achieved a moderate amount of success, and released "Catch a Fire" in 1973.
Their growing fame led to being booked as the opening act to Sly and the Family Stone in a US tour in 1974 - however, Marley and the Wailers were fired from the gig after four shows as their popularity overshadowed the acts for whom they were opening! The group disbanded that same year.
The following year, Marley released "No Woman No Cry", which became his first international hit. Marley continued to pen politically-charged songs, raising awareness to social issues in his native Jamaica and everywhere around the world.
Marley passed away at the age of 36.
Just recently, lost master recordings of live performances were found in a London hotel basement. Though the water damage was very significant, the tapes (recorded in the mid-1970s on the only 24-track mobile machine in the UK at the time, lent by the Rolling Stones) were restored, and hopefully, will soon be available for all to hear.
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