58 Facts About Bob Marley

1. Bob Marley will forever be remembered for his powerful musical message.

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2. Around this time, Bob Marley was exploring his spiritual side and developing a growing interest in the Rastafarian movement.

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3. Under the guidance of Joe Higgs, Bob Marley worked on improving his singing abilities.

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4. Bob Marley was born on February 6, 1945, in St Ann Parish, Jamaica.

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5. Bob Marley went on to sell more than 20 million records throughout his career, making him the first international superstar to emerge from the so-called Third World.

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6. In 2006, the legend of Bob Marley found a permanent home in Brooklyn, New York.

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7. Bob Marley came from the poverty and injustice in Jamaica, and that manifested itself in his rebel sound.

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8. Bob Marley is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the ninth annual induction dinner.

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9. Bob Marley is visibly moved, and particularly humbled, by the presentation.

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10. At the beginning of May 1981, Bob Marley left Germany to return to Jamaica but he did not complete that journey; he succumbed to his cancer in a Miami hospital on May 11, 1981.

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11. Bob Marley paid a chance visit to the London offices of Island Records and the result was a meeting with label founder Chris Blackwell.

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12. In 1971 Bob Marley went to Sweden to collaborate on a film score with American singer Johnny Nash.

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13. Bob Marley was born Robert Nesta Marley on February 6, 1945.

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14. Bob Marley owned at least one BMW car in his lifetime.

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15. Bob Marley died of melanoma, a skin cancer which spread throughout his body.

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16. In 1966, Bob Marley, having a hard time making a living as a musician despite a few nationally-popular ska hits, left Jamaica for 10 months to live with his mother in Wilmington, Delaware.

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17. Bob Marley has sold more than 75 million albums in the past two decades.

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18. Bob Marley surrounded himself with people from the sport, and in the 1970s made the Jamaican international footballer Allan "Skill" Cole his tour manager.

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19. Bob Marley had a number of children: three with his wife Rita, two adopted from Rita's previous relationships, and several others with different women.

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20. Bob Marley died on 11 May 1981 at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami at the age of 36.

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21. Bob Marley was a white Jamaican originally from Sussex, England, whose family claimed Syrian Jewish origins.

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22. Bob Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist.

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23. Bob Marley had at least eight more children with eight different women.

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24. In 2001, Bob Marley was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys.

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25. Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer and songwriter who created a mix of reggae, rocksteady and ska in his musical compositions.

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26. Bob Marley has always kept me going; his lyrics, his music, the positive thinking, so I'm very grateful.

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27. Bob Marley was substantially inspired by Marcus Garvey, and had anti-imperialist and pan-Africanist themes in many of his songs, such as "Zimbabwe", "Exodus", "Survival", "Blackman Redemption", and "Redemption Song".

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28. Bob Marley told a journalist, "If you want to get to know me, you will have to play football against me and the Wailers.

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29. Bob Marley surrounded himself with people from the sport, and in the 1970s made the Jamaican international footballer Allan "Skill" Cole his tour manager.

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30. Bob Marley became an ardent proponent of Rastafari, taking its music out of the socially deprived areas of Jamaica and onto the international music scene.

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31. Bob Marley was replaced by Jonathan Demme, who dropped out due to creative differences with producer Steve Bing during the beginning of editing.

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32. Bob Marley is part of the collective consciousness of the nation.

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33. Bob Marley was an experience which left an indelible imprint with each encounter.

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34. Bob Marley was buried in a chapel near his birthplace with his guitar.

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35. In 1975, Bob Marley had his international breakthrough with his first hit outside Jamaica, "No Woman, No Cry", from the Natty Dread album.

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36. Bob Marley has become a global symbol and has inspired a significant merchandise industry.

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37. Bob Marley is credited with popularising reggae music around the world and served as a symbol of Jamaican culture and identity.

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38. Bob Marley was a committed Rastafari who infused his music with a sense of spirituality.

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39. Bob Marley died on 11 May 1981 in Miami at age 36 of melanoma.

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40. Bob Marley is a Jamaican musician, singer—song writer and belongs to the religion Rastafarian.

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41. Bob Marley played a concern at Bohemian FC's Dalymount Park ground in Dublin shortly before his death.

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42. Bob Marley played at Bohs' Dalymount Park shortly before his death, an event commemorated by a mural at the ground.

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43. Bob Marley began to use cannabis when he converted to the Rastafari faith from Catholicism in 1966.

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44. Bob Marley held that independence of African countries from European domination was a victory for all those in the African diaspora.

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45. Bob Marley was a Pan-Africanist and believed in the unity of African people worldwide.

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46. Bob Marley had many children: four with his wife Rita, two adopted from Rita's previous relationships, and several others with different women.

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47. Bob Marley was a member for some years of the Rastafari movement, whose culture was a key element in the development of reggae.

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48. In 2008, a statue of Bob Marley was inaugurated in Banatski Sokolac, Serbia.

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49. Bob Marley received a state funeral in Jamaica on 21 May 1981, which combined elements of Ethiopian Orthodoxy and Rastafari tradition.

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50. Bob Marley died on 11 May 1981 at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami, aged 36.

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51. In July 1977, Bob Marley was found to have a type of malignant melanoma under the nail of a toe.

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52. In 1978, Bob Marley returned to Jamaica and performed at another political concert, the One Love Peace Concert, again in an effort to calm warring parties.

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53. When asked why, Bob Marley responded, "The people who are trying to make this world worse aren't taking a day off.

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54. Bob Marley received minor wounds in the chest and arm.

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55. Bob Marley travelled to London to supervise Blackwell's overdubbing of the album which included tempering the mix from the bass-heavy sound of Jamaican music and omitting two tracks.

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56. Bob Marley left Nine Mile with his mother when he was 12 and moved to Trenchtown, Kingston.

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57. Bob Marley attended Stepney Primary and Junior High School which serves the catchment area of Saint Ann.

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58. Bob Marley has evolved into a global symbol and has inspired a significant merchandise industry.

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