Há 40 anos este ícone da música nos deixava. Saiba um pouco mais da história de Bob Marley.
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40 years without Bob Marley
Bob Marley was born in 1945 to a white middle class father and a black mother, in Jamaica. His childhood was spent in poverty and he had little contact with his father, a naval officer who worked for the British government.
He left home when he was 14 to pursue a music career in Kingston, the country's capital. His band, The Wailers, released their first album, The Wailing Wailers, in 1965, which contained the single One Love/People Get Ready. The song became popular worldwide, and they started to become a reference in reggae. In 1972, they arrived in Britain to tour with Johnny Nash in the hope of launching an international career. After an appearance on the BBC, it worked, and they gained worldwide fame.
The Wailers released eleven further studio albums. Initially the songs had louder instrumentation and singing, but the group changed to rhythmic-based songs in the late 1960s and early 1970s, which coincided with the singer's conversion to Rastafari. During this period Marley was living in London.
In 1975 Bob Marley recorded No Woman No Cry live at The Lyceum, in London. It was released as a single and became Marley's first UK hit.
In 1977 Marley discovered he had a melanoma. He died on May 11, 1981, at the age of 36. The album Legend was released in 1984, with his greatest hits, and became the best-selling reggae album of all time. He was honored by Jamaica soon after his death with a designated Order of Merit by his nation. Rolling Stone ranked him No. 11 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. He was buried in his Jamaican birthplace, the village of Nine Mile.
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