Singer, songwriter , and arguably the biggest reggae artist of all time, Bob Marley, would be 70 years old today. The artist, born in the Nine Miles of St. Ann Parish showed an affinity for music at a young age first through learning to play the guitar.
After relocating to Trench Town, a village in Kingston, Jamaica and one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city, he began to lean on music as an inspiration. In the 1960’s Marley and his group the Wailers rose to international fame in the late 1960’s with their famous singles “Stir it Up”, “Trench Town Rock”, and “Soul Rebel”.
In 1972 the band signed with Island Records, where they recorded their critically acclaimed album, Catch A Fire and their first international tour. The band released their second album, Burnin’ the same year, which featured one of their biggest hits “I Shot the Sheriff”. they went on to release their third album, Natty Dread in 1975, which helped them to achieve their first Top 40 hit “No Woman. No Cry”.
Bob released album after album the following years, including Exodus, which spawned some of his biggest hits such as “Waiting in Vain” and “Jamming”. Exodus has been cited by both fans and music critics as one of the best albums ever made. In 1978, Marley’s “Satisy My Soul” and “Is This Love” were both chart topping songs from the bands Kaya album. Bob Marley and the Wailers 1980 record, Uprising, propelled them even further into Icon status with tracks like “Could You Be Loved” and “Redemption Song”.
With more than 75 million records sold, Bob Marley has remained a strong influence on both reggae and pop culture. He has also been an integral part of the popularization of the Rastafari movement which was deeply rooted in his music.