Whether you were alive or not while he was, if you have a love and appreciation for reggae music, then you owe much of that to Nesta Robert “Bob” Marley.
So what was the universal appeal of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bob Marley[/lastfm]? Perhaps it was because Marley was an everyman…or because he had a gentle and lovable soul…or perhaps you believed him to be a revolutionary. Regardless of the reason, Marley’s impact on reggae–and popular music as a whole–will likely never be duplicated.
Today marks the 30th anniversary of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bob Marley[/lastfm]‘s death. Marley died May 11, 1981, at age 36.
Many of Marley’s greatest and most recognizable toe-tapping hits came with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]the Wailers[/lastfm] (including [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Peter Tosh[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bunny Wailer[/lastfm]) They grew up beside him in Trench Town, a Kingston ghetto.
Tracks such as “Exodus” and “One Love” from Marley and the Wailers made the charts in the U.S. as well as in the U.K. and other European countries.
Marley’s quest and work toward for social justice that made him a true superstar and inspiration.
Despite being born half white (born to a father of English descent), Marley always identified himself as Pan-African.
During the mid-1970s he dedicated a string of songs to the Diaspora: “Buffalo Soldier” to African Americans.
His final concert took place at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh on Sept. 23, 1980.
His long battle with cancer ended a few months later, in 1981, at a Miami hospital at the age of 36.
Bob Marley’s music, legacy and efforts live on with a tremendous amount of followers of his music and causes.
His children have made a name for themselves in the realms of music and Reggae and his legacy is as fresh and upbeat as his signature Reggae sound.
(post by C.C. Mitchell)