Bob Marley (Jamaican reggae artist)
Most of Bob Marley's albums belong under Bob Marley & The Wailers.
Full name: Robert Nesta Marley
Father: Norval Sinclair Marley
He died in Miami, FL, USA of brain cancer.
Bob Marley also had several children who have not gone in to music:
- Imani Carole (with Cheryl Murray), born May 22, 1963
- Karen (with Janet Bowen), born 1973
- Makeda (with Yvette Crichton), born May 30, 1981
- Robert "Robbie" Marley (with Pat Williams), born May 16, 1972
- Rohan Anthony Marley (with Janet Hunt), born May 19, 1972
- Stephanie Marley (with Rita Marley), born 1974
Only four tracks were solo recorded, in 1962, before Robert Marley joined The Wailing Wailers. Only two tracks, "Do You Still love Me?" and "Judge Not", were released using the name "Robert Marley". Only that single, and any VA compilations containing that recording of that track, ought to be listed here.
Legal name: Robert Nesta Marley
Also performs as: Bobby Martell
Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley, OM (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer-songwriter, musician and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim, blending mostly reggae, ska and rocksteady in his compositions. Starting out in 1963 with the group The Wailers, he forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences worldwide. The Wailers would go on to release some of the earliest reggae records with producer Lee "Scratch" Perry.
After the Wailers disbanded in 1974, Marley pursued a solo career upon his relocation to England that culminated in the release of the album Exodus in 1977, which established his worldwide reputation and produced his status as one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, with sales of more than 75 million records. Exodus stayed on the British album charts for fifty-six consecutive weeks. It included four UK hit singles: "Exodus", "Waiting in Vain", "Jamming", and "One Love". In 1978 he released the album Kaya, which included the hit singles "Is This Love" and "Satisfy My Soul".
Diagnosed with acral lentiginous melanoma in 1977, Marley died on 11 May 1981 in Miami at age 36. He was a committed Rastafari who infused his music with a sense of spirituality. He is considered one of the most influential musicians of all time and credited with popularising reggae music around the world, as well as serving as a symbol of Jamaican culture and identity. Marley has also evolved into a global symbol, which has been endlessly merchandised through a variety of mediums.