Marley is known as a world-renowned reggae legend, who championed a genre of music that was new to the mainstream world, whilst passionately espousing his beliefs and becoming an icon for peace and liberation. Few musicians are as beloved and referenced as Marley is today, making it no surprise that peers and fans alike will be paying tribute to the icon on the anniversary of his death.
See our list of top 10 rare Bob Marley facts below:
Did you know…
– From the age of four it was discovered that Bob Marley could read palms
– Even though his father was white, and his mother was black, Marley self-identified as a black African.
– At 21, Marley lived in Delaware for seven months where he worked the night shift at a Chrysler plant.
– The royalties from “No Woman No Cry” are sent directly to a soup kitchen in Jamaica.
– Marley has sold more than 75 million albums in the past two decades, with Legend being the best-selling reggae album ever.
– Marley received The United Nations Peace Medal of the Third World in 1978.
– Despite sellout world tours and multi-platinum albums, he never won a Grammy while alive.
– Bob performed a free concert for 80,000 attendees in Jamaica days after he was shot. He survived the armed assassination and took to the stage two days later.
– Bob and The Wailers were once fired from a tour because they were more popular than the act they opened for.
– His favorite Reggae singer was Dennis Brown.