Happy Birthday Bob!
Submitted: February 05, 2014

Happy Birthday Robert Nesta Marley!
February 6, 1945 - May 11, 1981

Today is Bob Marley’s birthday and to celebrate we've gathered only the most interesting facts about the early life of the legend we know today.

• Born February 6, 1945 to a young 18 year-old Cedella Marley in Nine Miles, St. Ann
• Bob moved to the capital of Jamaica (Kingston) before he was 16. He moved to a neighbourhood called Trench Town which was a key muse for most of his early music
• He earned the nickname Tuff Gong for his impressive street-fighting skills
• At 14 Bob quit school and took on a welding apprenticeship at his mother’s wish. After suffering from a steel splinter to the eye Bob quit welding and promptly went on to pursue his musical career
• The Wailing Wailers’ first hit “Simmer Down” sold 80,000 copies in Jamaica
• After their first hit the group disbanded briefly and Bob moved to Delaware to be with his mom and took a job as a lab assistant
• After moving back to Jamaica he started a label/record company with Bunny Wailer (Neville Livingston) and Peter (Macintosh) Tosh and set up shop on his aunt’s front yard
• It was 1976 when Bob had gained true stardom and was known internationally as a spokesperson for the Rastafarian culture and beliefs. This was also due to his release of “Rastaman Vibration” which his #8 on the Billboard Top 200 list (the first of his albums to do so)
• There was an assassination attempt made on Bob’s life while he was rehearsing for his free “Smile Jamaica” concert. The concert was set up in hopes of suppressing simmering tensions between Jamaica’s rivaling parties – the People’s National Party (PNP) and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP)
• Bob did the concert anyways :)
• He received the Medal of Peace in New York on June 6, 1978 for his attempts to bridge the divided parties
• In 1980 Bob and the Wailers were asked to perform at Zimbabwe’s official Independence Ceremony, the group gratefully accepted not knowing the concert was meant only for specific media and political groups. A riot started outside the concert when Bob began his set. The group left but Bob remained firmly onstage and performed “Zimbabwe” while the crowd rioted.
• Bob and the Wailers went back the following night and performed a free concert for almost 80,000 people

These are just some of the awesome facts about this man. Happy birthday Bob, and thank you for all the love and peace you have spread! ♥☮