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Bob Marley Vs. Lee Scratch Perry

Reggae's most transcendent and iconic figure, Bob Marley was the first Jamaican artist to achieve international superstardom, in the process introducing the music of his native island nation to the far-flung corners of the globe. Marley's music gave voice to the day-to-day struggles of the Jamaican experience, vividly capturing not only the plight of the country's impoverished and oppressed but also the devout spirituality that remains their source of strength. His songs of faith, devotion, and revolution created a legacy that continues to live on not only through the music of his extended family but also through generations of artists the world over touched by his genius.

Robert Nesta Marley was born February 6, 1945, in rural St. Ann's Parish, Jamaica; the son of a middle-aged white father and teenaged black mother, he left home at 14 to pursue a music career in Kingston, becoming a pupil of local singer and devout Rastafarian Joe Higgs. He cut his first single, "Judge Not," in 1962 for Leslie Kong, severing ties with the famed producer soon after over a monetary dispute. In 1963 Marley teamed with fellow singers Peter Tosh, Bunny Livingston, Junior Braithwaite, Beverly Kelso, and Cherry Smith to form the vocal group the Teenagers; later rechristened the Wailing Rudeboys and later simply the Wailers, they signed on with producer Coxsone Dodd's legendary Studio One and recorded their debut, "I'm Still Waiting." When Braithwaite and Smith exited the Wailers, Marley assumed lead vocal duties, and in early 1964 the group's follow-up, "Simmer Down," topped the Jamaican charts. A series of singles including "Let Him Go (Rude Boy Get Gail)," "Dancing Shoes," "Jerk in Time," "Who Feels It Knows It," and "What Am I to Do" followed, and in all, the Wailers recorded some 70 tracks for Dodd before disbanding in 1966. On February 10 of that year, Marley married Rita Anderson, a singer in the group the Soulettes; she later enjoyed success as a member of the vocal trio the I-Threes. Marley then spent the better part of the year working in a factory in Newark, DE, the home of his mother since 1963.

Upon returning to Jamaica that October, Marley re-formed the Wailers with Livingston and Tosh, releasing "Bend Down Low" on their own short-lived Wail 'N' Soul 'M label; at this time all three members began devoting themselves to the teachings of the Rastafari faith, a cornerstone of Marley's life and music until his death. Beginning in 1968, the Wailers recorded a wealth of new material for producer Danny Sims before teaming the following year with producer Lee "Scratch" Perry; backed by Perry's house band, the Upsetters, the trio cut a number of classics, including "My Cup," "Duppy Conqueror," "Soul Almighty," and "Small Axe," which fused powerful vocals, ingenious rhythms, and visionary production to lay the groundwork for much of the Jamaican music in their wake. Upsetters bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett and his drummer brother Carlton soon joined the Wailers full-time, and in 1971 the group founded another independent label, Tuff Gong, releasing a handful of singles before signing to Chris Blackwell's Island Records a year later.

1973's Catch a Fire, the Wailers' Island debut, was the first of their albums released outside of Jamaica, and immediately earned worldwide acclaim; the follow-up, Burnin', launched the track "I Shot the Sheriff," a Top Ten hit for Eric Clapton in 1974. With the Wailers poised for stardom, however, both Livingston and Tosh quit the group to pursue solo careers; Marley then brought in the I-Threes, which in addition to Rita Marley consisted of singers Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt. The new lineup proceeded to tour the world prior to releasing their 1975 breakthrough album Natty Dread, scoring their first U.K. Top 40 hit with the classic "No Woman, No Cry." Sellout shows at the London Lyceum, where Marley played to racially mixed crowds, yielded the superb Live! later that year, and with the success of 1976's Rastaman Vibration, which hit the Top Ten in the U.S., it became increasingly clear that his music had carved its own niche within the pop mainstream.

As great as Marley's fame had grown outside of Jamaica, at home he was viewed as a figure of almost mystical proportions, a poet and prophet whose every word had the nation's collective ear. His power was perceived as a threat in some quarters, and on December 3, 1976, he was wounded in an assassination attempt; the ordeal forced Marley to leave Jamaica for over a year. 1977's Exodus was his biggest record to date, generating the hits "Jamming," "Waiting in Vain," and "One Love/People Get Ready"; Kaya was another smash, highlighted by the gorgeous "Is This Love" and "Satisfy My Soul." Another classic live date, Babylon by Bus, preceded the release of 1979's Survival. 1980 loomed as Marley's biggest year yet, kicked off by a concert in the newly liberated Zimbabwe; a tour of the U.S. was announced, but while jogging in New York's Central Park he collapsed, and it was discovered he suffered from cancer that had spread to his brain, lungs, and liver. Uprising was the final album released in Marley's lifetime -- he died May 11, 1981, at age 36.

Posthumous efforts including 1983's Confrontation, the best-selling 1984 retrospective Legend, and the 2012 documentary Marley kept the man's music alive, and his renown continued to grow in the years following his death -- even decades after the fact, he remains synonymous with reggae's world-wide popularity. In the wake of her husband's passing, Rita Marley scored a solo hit with "One Draw," but despite the subsequent success of singles "Many Are Called" and "Play Play," she had largely withdrawn from performing to focus on raising her children by the mid-'80s. Oldest son David, better known as Ziggy, went on to score considerable pop success as the leader of the Melody Makers, a Marley family group comprised of siblings Cedella, Stephen, and Sharon; their 1988 single "Tomorrow People" was a Top 40 U.S. hit, a feat even Bob himself never accomplished. Three other Marley children -- Damian, Julian, and Ky-Mani -- pursued careers in music as well. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Bob helped me out in good and bad times!! He left the world with some fantastic kids too! Thanx my hats off to you Bob! My kids and I even My Mamma (God rest her soul ) Totally Love You and can never get tired of hearing your gifts to us!! LovMia ; )
Wow bob worked in a factory in Newark de the state Im from
My family came from your country we love you!R.I.P
quavia90
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R.I . P. BOB . Oooooooooooo o o o o o o o o o
kickinit_7
I love you Bob Marley
rafi434
R.I.P for always
rafi434
R.I.P
chapello28
Jah Bless to the one and only Bob Marley gone but never forgotten. Bless
Nothing But LOVE!!!'
Loved him when he was just getting started~~~lo v e d him when he was ON TOP~~~loved him when God called him home~~~love him now & 4ever. RIP my dear Spirit~broth e r .
You will always. Be in my life today. /tomorrow till i meet u in another world i luv u jar . Bless. Sandra. Montano
Amazing man!
Happy Birthday Bob! Would have been 68 Earthly Years and yet you live on!
bfr25
up lifting and just beauitful
This Sucks!!!
get back to work.
one love 2 u an all love j
a awesome man died on my 8th birthday 5/11/81 a sad day ill never forget ,
R.I.P Bob Marley
God bless the marley family and the
mariapou0211 6
delicately relaxing
Legends never die. Hope your on the beach somewhere in paradise Bob
;) lovin it
i love alpha blondy
Love and peace to Marley and my pop
Love and light is the way one love, and no bad juju......
God is Real in Jesus Christ... forget this world let pray for jesus christ to come again for us
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This so scary because it actually works.

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stacked5557
Tosh is sick but bob Marley is a god! Literally he did more for his people then jesus could ever do! Bless fire
Bob the Prophet and just like Jesus he departed this world at three yrs more then the Savior , but his mess. in the music lives on ; GOD Bless the Marley Family.
<3 Bob Marley
heatherwelte 1
I love Bob Marley. He is amazing
love him. he is so good
This freaked me out . This isnt fake . Apparentlu, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minutes you will either get kissed or asked out if you break the chain you will see a little dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes somone will say I love you or I'm sorry
lharo97
Love him!! :)
I think I found a tractor I want to buy
Got to hAve kaya love
Woo. I can so dance and skate to this. Amazing beat and bass playing.
One love
Music of freedom!!! Bob it's the greatest of all 4 ever...
Don't let no one take away who you are!
Not to be rude but I think Peter tosh is as great as bob
rikicobs
Live free be who you are
Reggae on the river 2013, it's the best reggae festival in Northern California.. www.reggaeon t h e r i v e r . c o m
I love Reggae in general, Bob Marley was the best.
Best music ever it relaxes u
When I hear this its like I have a mind explosion of happiness coming to me with out being hi ;) nuff said
Esta musica Es mi vida ❤❤❤❤
Best music ever he is the best















Please send the family your blessings & prayers 1 day from now is when we lost our Peace Keeper & remember his message everything will be alright! Don't Worry....jus t his music alone makes me smile!!!!!:)
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