Bob Marley

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Bob Marley

NAMEBob MarleyOCCUPATIONSongwriter, SingerBIRTH DATEFebruary 6, 1945DEATH DATEMay 11, 1981PLACE OF BIRTHSt. Ann Parish, JamaicaPLACE OF DEATHMiami, FloridaAKABob MarleyRobert MarleyFULL NAMENesta Robert Marley

Jamaican singer, musician and songwriter Bob Marley served as a world ambassador for reggae music and sold more than 20 million records throughout his career—making him the first international superstar to emerge from the so-called Third World.


The WailersA local record producer, Leslie Kong, liked Marley's vocals and had him record a few singles, the first of which was "Judge Not," released in 1962. While he did not fare well as a solo artist, Marley found some success joining forces with his friends. In 1963, Marley, Livingston, and McIntosh formed the Wailing Wailers. Their first single, "Simmer Down," went to the top of the Jamaican charts in January 1964. By this time, the group also included Junior Braithwaite, Beverly Kelso and Cherry Smith.

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