Robert Nesla Marley was born on February 6, 1945 to parents Cedella Malcolm and Captain Norval Sinclair Marley. He was born in Jamaica but his father took him to the capital of Jamaica, Kingston to live with Norval’s nephew and to be schooled. But when Bob was five his mother found out that he wasn’t going to school and was living with an elderly couple so she brought him back from Kingston to his home, St. Ann.
When he was in his teens he returned to Kingston to a poor community know as Trench Town. The neighborhood comprised of rude and abusive people. Bob often had to defend himself and in doing so was renowned for his formidable street fighting skills, given the nickname Tuff Gong. These years of his life filled him with inspiration, and they jumpstarted his musical career. First just a local pleasure, his music was nurtured by the culturally rich community of Trench Town.
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They later were joined by a few others, and thus the legend of The Wailing Wailers was born, which later evolved into Bob Marley and the Wailers.
Bob’s music was highly influential around the globe. His views on war and peace, and beliefs in harmony and serenity sculpted cultures worldwide. He believed that if everyone was listening to the same song at the same time, there would be a level of understanding that would ultimately end all wars and bring about an era of peace unknown to the world. His music was inspiration incarnate. Even today’s generations are influenced by his music, and undoubtedly future generations will be as well.
He never felt “entitled” to success to the point of arrogance. He was utterly humble in everything that he did. His past made him who he was, so when fame and fortune came he was unchanged in his views and attitude. In one event he was shot three days before a concert as an attempt on his life. He still performed at the concert despite his injury.
When he did finally pass it was because of cancer, rather than assassination. His death may have had a greater impact on the world than his music had during his time alive. The war occurring at that time between America and Cuba called a cease fire for three days for the nations to mourn his passing. Millions of fans lined the streets as his casket was driven from the funeral to the cemetery. Citizens openly wept, and the hearts of the world were undeniably moved.
But even after his death he has lived on as an icon. His accomplishments are infinite, among those being holidays in his honor, streets being named after him, being accepted into the rock and roll hall of fame, and even his own star on the Hollywood walk of fame. But his most distinguished achievements are by far Time magazine’s voting of the album Exodus by Bob Marley and the Wailers as “album of the century”. And also the BBC’s recognition of his song ‘One Love’ as the song of the millennium.
Bob Marley is, if nothing else, an outlier. Possibly the greatest to have ever lived. And he continues to inspire, even in death.