Bob Marley – First 3rd World Superstar

The Jamaican singer, songwriter and world renowned musician Bob Marley was an ambassador for reggae music all over the world. Throughout in career he sold more than 20,000,000 records which landed him as the first international superstar to be produced by a “Third World Country”. Born in 1945 in Nine Mile, British Jamaica Bob Marley didn’t start his professional music career until 1965.

Bob Marley formed a band called “Bob Marley and the Wailers” which released a debut album called “The Wailing Wailers” in 1965. The studio album contained the hit single “One Love/People Get Ready”.

The wailers landed a contract in 1972 with Island Records which is when Bob Marley’s career really took off! He eventually died from cancer in May 1981 in Miami, Florida.

3 things you may not know about Bob Marley:

He had a nickname “White Boy”. Bullied by his neighbors and derogatorily named “White Boy” Bob said this motivated him to practice his beliefs saying “I’m not on the white man’s side, or the black man’s side. I’m on God’s side.”

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