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Robert Nesta (Bob) Marley

Birthplace: Nine Mile, St. Ann Parish, Jamaica
Death: May 11, 1981 (36)
Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States (Brain Cancer, melanoma under the nail of a toe)
Place of Burial: Kingston, St. Andrew Parish, Jamaica
Immediate Family:

Son of Norval Marley, Capt. and Cedella Editha Booker
Husband of Rita Marley
Partner of Private; Private; Private; Private; Private and 1 other
Ex-partner of Cindy Breakspeare
Father of Cedella (Ciddy) Marley; Ziggy Marley; Stephen Robert Nesta (Ragamuffin) Marley; Sharon Marley; Private and 7 others
Brother of Private
Half brother of Private; Private; Private and Private

Occupation: Singer, Musician, Guitarist, Songwriter
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About Bob Marley

Nesta Robert Marley, OM (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981), more widely and commonly known as Bob Marley, was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician. He was the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for the ska, rocksteady and reggae bands The Wailers (1964–1974) and Bob Marley & The Wailers (1974–1981). Marley remains the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music, and is credited for helping spread both Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement to a worldwide audience.

Marley's best known hits include "I Shot the Sheriff", "No Woman, No Cry", "Could You Be Loved", "Stir It Up", "Jamming", "Redemption Song", "One Love" and, together with The Wailers, "Three Little Birds", as well as the posthumous releases "Buffalo Soldier" and "Iron Lion Zion". The compilation album, Legend (1984), released three years after his death, is reggae's best-selling album, being 10 times Platinum (Diamond) in the U.S., and selling 20 million copies worldwide.

Wife and children

Bob Marley had a number of children: three with his wife Rita, two adopted from Rita's previous relationships, and several others with different women. The Bob Marley official website acknowledges eleven children.

Those listed on the official site are:

  1. Sharon, born November 23, 1964, to Rita in previous relationship
  2. Cedella born August 23, 1967, to Rita
  3. David "Ziggy", born October 17, 1968, to Rita
  4. Stephen, born April 20, 1972, to Rita
  5. Robert "Robbie", born May 16, 1972, to Pat Williams
  6. Rohan, born May 19, 1972, to Janet Hunt
  7. Karen, born 1973 to Janet Bowen
  8. Stephanie, born August 17, 1974; according to Cedella Booker she was the daughter of Rita and a man called Ital with whom Rita had an affair; nonetheless she was acknowledged as Bob's daughter
  9. Julian, born June 4, 1975, to Lucy Pounder
  10. Ky-Mani, born February 26, 1976, to Anita Belnavis
  11. Damian, born July 21, 1978, to Cindy Breakspeare

Makeda was born on May 30, 1981, to Yvette Crichton, after Marley's death. lists her as Marley's child, but she is not listed as such on the Bob Marley official website.

Various websites, also list Imani Carole, born May 22, 1963 to Cheryl Murray; but she does not appear on the official Bob Marley website.

Awards and Honours:

  • 1976: Band of the Year (Rolling Stone)
  • June 1978: Awarded the Peace Medal of the Third World from the United Nations
  • February 1981: Awarded Jamaica's third highest honor, the Jamaican Order of Merit
  • March 1994: Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • 1999: Album of the Century for Exodus (Time)
  • February 2001: A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • February 2001: Awarded Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2004: Rolling Stone ranked him #11 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time
  • "One Love" named song of the millennium by BBC
  • Voted as one of the greatest lyricists of all time by a BBC poll.
  • 2006: A plaque dedicated to him by Nubian Jak community trust and supported by Her Majesty's Foreign Office.
  • 2010 "Catch a Fire" inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame (Reggae Album).


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Bob Marley's Timeline

February 6, 1945
Nine Mile, St. Ann Parish, Jamaica
November 23, 1964
Kingston, St Andrew Parish, Jamaica
August 23, 1967
Kingston, St. Andrew Parish, Jamaica
October 17, 1968
Kingston, St. Andrew Parish, Jamaica
April 20, 1972
Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, United States