Bob Marley Biography And Top 10 songs

Bob Marley has been one of my favourite artists for a long time. I probably own more Bob Marley CD's than any other band or artist with the exception of Wu-Tang. My friends mum D, is partly responsible for my listening to Bob Marley over the years because when I was little I used to like the song Jammin' and used to play the 45 single I had of it all the time and I had got the single off her. I would say I have a Bob Marley CD in my stereo 90% of the time (it can have 3 in at a time). Bob Marley not only made good music but also the messages that the lyrics were about were of peace and freedom.

Robert "Bob" Nesta Marley was born in Jamaica on February 6th 1945 and is the most successful of any Reggae artist ever. The album Legend has sold over 12 million copies worldwide. When Bob Marley was a child he lived in the slums of Kingston's Trenchtown and had a reputation for "self-defense" which earned him the title "Tuff Gong" which he and the Wailers used to create their own record label in 1970.

Bob Marley and some of his friends (Bunny Livingston, Junior Braithwaite, Peter McIntosh, Beverley Kelso and Cherry Smith formed the Wailers in 1963 but by 1966 there was only Bob Marley, Bunny and Peter left. The Wailers released their first album (Catch A Fire) in 1973 to massive success after their signing to JAD Records in London, England. Concrete Jungle being the most successful song from the album. Soon to follow was the release of Burnin' which had some of the Wailers most popular songs I Shot The Sheriff, Get Up, Stand Up and Small Axe. Eric Clapton also had huge success with a cover of I Shot the Sheriff which helped to elevate Bob Marley into the public eye.

In 1974 the Wailers broke up, each to pursue their own solo careers but Bob Marley still continued to record as "Bob Marley & The Wailers" with his new backing band which consisted of Carlton and Aston Barrett, Junior Marvin, Tyrone Downie, Al Anderson and Earl Lindo. Backing vocalists were Rita Marley (Bob Marley's wife), Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt.

The new line-up had their first international hit with No Woman, No Cry which was on the Natty Dread album released in 1975 alongside other hits, Lively Up Yourself and Rebel Music. The album Rastaman Vibration was released in 1976 in the US and was at the top of the Billboard charts for 4 weeks.

Two days before Bob Marley was going to embark on his Smile Jamaica tour Bob Marley, Rita and their manager were injured during a shootout inside Bob Marley's home. The attack was reported as being politically motivated as many people felt the tour was a support rally. Even though all concerned received serious injuries they all made full recoveries and the tour went on as planned with an injured Bob Marley performing on stage.

By the end of 1976 Bob Marley left Jamaica and moved to London, England where he recorded two albums (Exodus, which had the hits: Exodus, Three Little Birds, Jammin', One Love and Waiting In Vain, and Kaya which boasted: Easy Skanking, Kaya, Is This Love, Satisfy My Soul and Sun Is Shining among its singles). While in London Bob Marley was arrested for possession of cannabis.

In 1978 Bob Marley returned to home for the One Love Peace Concert to help with the peace effort and to help calm the warring parties in Jamaica. At Bob Marley's request both political leaders (Manley and Seaga) joined him on stage and shook hands. Babylon By Bus was released also in 1978 which was a live double album, the song Jammin' captures the crowds wild and frenzied intensity to Bob's performance.

Survival which was released in 1979 was a political statement about the suffering of the African population. The album contained some controversial songs such as Africa Unite, Wake Up And Live and Zimbabwe. Bob Marley was also invited to perform at Zimbabwe's Independence Day on April 17th.

Uprising which was released in 1980 was to be Bob Marley's final studio album and is one of his most religious albums. The album contained Could You Be Loved, Forever Loving Jah and Redemption Song (his famous lyrics being: Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds...).

Bob Marley died on May 11th 1981 from cancer which had started in his toe (due to a soccer accident) in 1977. Bob Marley refused to have his foot amputated because of his Rastafarian beliefs which say that the body must remain whole. Over time the cancer had metastasized into Bob Marley's stomach, liver, lungs and brain.

Confrontation was released after Bob Marley's death and contained the unreleased song Buffalo Soldier and songs previously only available in Jamaica (Jump Nyabinghi and Rastaman Live Up).

My Top 10 Bob Marley Songs are:

01. Lively Up Yourself
02. Small Axe
03. Trench Town Rock
04. Duppy Conqueror
05. Could You Be Loved
06. Jammin'
07. One Love
08. Redemption Song
09. Waiting In Vain
10. Buffalo Soldier