Today would have been Bob Marley’s 69th birthday. Marley was born in St. Ann Parish, Jamaica on Feb. 6, 1945. His Jamaican roots remained a cornerstone of Marley’s personal identity and musical style, selling over 20 million records throughout his career. Marley began his career in music as part of The Wailers, a group which helped to shape the reggae genre as they released some of the earliest albums of its kind. In the mid–’70s, Bob Marley launched his solo career, quickly becoming a cultural icon, largely due to the popularity of his album “Exodus.” Marley’s Rastafarian lifestyle and reggae–crossover music are as culturally iconic now as they were during his 36 years of life. The musician died of melanoma in 1981.
Happy Birthday, Bob Marley!
Nesta Robert Marley OM (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer-songwriter who achieved international fame through a series of crossover reggae albums. Starting out in 1963 with the group the Wailers, he forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences worldwide. The Wailers would go on to release some of the earliest reggae records with producerLee Scratch Perry. After the Wailers disbanded in 1974, Bob Marley pursued a solo career which culminated in the release of the album Exodus in 1977 which established his worldwide reputation. He was a committed Rastafarian who infused his music with a profound sense of spirituality.
EVERYONE is Celebrating Bob Marley
The mayor, who gained fame by smoking crack and making outrageous public statements, is reportedly a big fan of Bob Marley. In December he had his colleagues dancing to the reggae icon’s “One Love” during a city council meeting.
Ford isn’t the first Toronto mayor to love Bob Marley. It’s a tradition that began in 1991 with Mayor Art Eggleton. Marley is esteemed by the Canadian city for his “message of peace, love and unity,” as a Facebook account attests. The celebration includes a reception at City Hall with awards to various Toronto residents.
Celebrate Bob Marley Day
How will you pay homage to Bob Marley? He was one of the world’s greatest visionaries. His ideal of connecting the world through reggae had been realized. Through Infinite Intelligence, he was guided to the opportunities that would bring his vision to fruition.