31 Things Most People Don't Know About The Legendary Bob Marley.

Bob Marley is one of the most acclaimed and respected musicians of all-time.

Below are 31 awesome facts about the reggae legend in honor of 4/20. Check them out!

1. As a little kid, Bob had a knack for deeply spooking people by successfully predicting their futures by reading their palms. At seven, having just returned to his rural village after a year spent living in the ghettos of Kingston (Jamaicas capital), he declared that from then on he would cease to read palms. His new destiny, he said, was to become a singer. For the rest of his life, whenever someone who knew him back when asked him to read their palms, he resolutely refused.

2. When Bob discovered that the reason he was still poor after being so famous for so long was that his long-time manager and friend Don Taylor had been robbing him blind, Bob beat Don to within an inch of his life. Then he fired him.

3. He was originally born 'Nesta Robert Marley' but a Jamaican immigration official suggested to Bobs mom that Nesta sounded too much like a girls name. So they switched his name to Robert Nesta Marley.

4. Tuff Gong, the name of Bobs recording label, was a nickname Bob earned for himself in the Kingston ghetto of Trenchtown (so named because it was built over an old drainage trench) for being exactly the wrong guy to screw with.

5. Bob Marley died on 11 May 1981 at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami at the age of 36. The spread of melanoma to his lungs and brain caused his death His final words to his son Ziggy were:


Money cant buy life."

6. On 3 December 1976, two days before Smile Jamaica, a free concert organised by the Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley in an attempt to ease tension between two warring political groups, Marley, his wife, and manager Don Taylor were wounded in an assault by unknown gunmen inside Marleys home. Taylor and Marleys wife sustained serious injuries, but later made full recoveries. Bob Marley received minor wounds in the chest and arm.

7. The Wailers first album for Island, Catch a Fire, was released worldwide in April 1973, packaged like a rock record with a unique Zippo lighter lift-top. Initially selling 14,000 units, it didnt make Marley a star, but received a positive critical reception.

8. A year later, the album, Burnin, was released which included the song I Shot the Sheriff.

9. Many Jamaicans were not keen on the new reggae sound on Catch a Fire, but the Trenchtown style of Burnin found fans across both reggae and rock audiences.

10. In 1966, Marley married Rita Anderson, and moved near his mothers residence in Wilmington, Delaware in the United States for a short time, during which he worked as a DuPont lab assistant and on the assembly line at a Chrysler plant, under the alias Donald Marley.

11. In 1955, when Bob Marley was 10 years old, his father died of a heart attack at the age of 70.

12. Eric Clapton was given the album "Burnin'" by his guitarist George Terry in the hope that he would enjoy it. Clapton was suitably impressed and chose to record a cover version of I Shot the Sheriff which became his first US hit since Layla two years earlier and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 14 September 1974.

13. The Wailers broke up in 1974 with each of the three main members pursuing solo careers. The reason for the breakup is shrouded in conjecture; some believe that there were disagreements amongst Bunny, Peter, and Bob concerning performances, while others claim that Bunny and Peter simply preferred solo work.

14. Aside from music, football played a major role throughout his life.

15. In July 1977, Marley was found to have a type of malignant melanoma under the nail of a toe. Contrary to urban legend, this lesion was not primarily caused by an injury during a football match that year, but was instead a symptom of the already-existing cancer.

16. Under the name Bob Marley and the Wailers eleven albums were released, four live albums and seven studio albums. The releases included Babylon by Bus, a double live album with thirteen tracks, were released in 1978 and received critical acclaim. This album, and specifically the final track Jamming with the audience in a frenzy, captured the intensity of Marleys live performances.

17. A Bob Marley statue was inaugurated, next to the national stadium on Arthur Wint Drive in Kingston to commemorate him.

18. In November 2014, Forbes Magazine listed Marley as fifth on the list of the highest-earning dead celebrities. With the release of Marley Natural Fine Cannabis, Marleys estate can expect to rocket up the posthumous earnings list in the future.

19. Marley turned down his doctors advice to have his toe amputated when they discovered the melanoma,citing his religious beliefs, and instead the nail and nail bed were removed and a skin graft taken from his thigh to cover the area.

20. Marley saw marijuana usage as a vital factor in religious growth and connection with Jah, and as a way to philosophize and become wiser.

21. Marley has sold more than 75 million albums in the past two decades. Legend, a retrospective of his work, is the best-selling reggae album ever. More than 12 million copies have been sold internationally and several thousand new units are sold every week.

22. He was a vegetarian due to his devotion to the Rastafari practice Ital.

23. Though raised as a Catholic, Marley became interested in Rastafari beliefs in the 1960s, when away from his mothers influence. After returning to Jamaica, Marley formally converted to Rastafari and began to grow dreadlocks.

24. His favorite Reggae singer was Bunny Wailer, and he thought the rest were skanks..

25. He was buried on home turf along with a soccer ball, his Gibson Les Paul guitar, and a bud of marijuana.

26. Bobs father was a 50-year-old white British naval captain named Norval Sinclair Marley. Bobs mom, a black country village girl named Cedella, was 19 when, in the small Jamaican village of Nine Mile in Saint Ann Parish, Bob was born at 2:30 in the morning on Feb. 6, 1945.

27. When he was a kid, one of Bobs regular chores was to hike five miles through rugged country to fetch firewood. Work was never a problem for Marley. He was famous for making his band rehearse hours and hours after any normal person would have dropped exhausted to the floor.

28. In July 1973, Bob and the Wailers opened a week of gigs for Bruce Springsteen. Later that year, they joined a 17-city tour of Sly and the Family Stones.

29. For a long time Bob drove a BMWwhich, as far as he was concerned, stood for Bob Marley and the Wailers.

30. Marley and Neville Livingston (later known as Bunny Wailer) had been childhood friends in Nine Mile.

31. The first single Simmer Down for The Wailers with the Coxsone label became a Jamaican #1 in February 1964 selling an estimated 70,000 copies.

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