Bob Marley: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

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Bob Marley is one of the most iconic – if not the most iconic – reggae musician of all time. Though Marley has been gone for quite some time, it will be decades before he’s forgotten. However, despite the fact that Marley spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Bob Marley. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

Number Fifteen: He Has His Own Day. In Canada, anyway. Bob Marley Day is February 6 in Canada. Coincidentally, it’s also his birthday!

Number Fourteen: He Had Humble Beginnings. Marley had an extensive knowledge of what it’s like to be poor because, as a child, he lived in poverty. He almost always went to sleep hungry, and he couldn’t even afford shoes! He often walked around barefoot.

Number Thirteen: He Was Athletic. Marley grew up not just playing music, but playing sports as well! He was a skilled football (soccer) player and would often play with other local children growing up.

Number Twelve: He Worked at Chrysler. It’s true! When Marley was just 21 years old, he worked the night shift at a Chrysler plant. He began working there after he moved to Delaware, and he stayed in Delaware for just seven months.

Number Eleven: He Was a Player. Well, sort of. Marley dated Cindy Breakspeare, who was Miss World 1976 and also Ms. Jamaica! Breakspeare is the mother to Marley’s son, Damien Marley as well. Marley was so connected to Breakspeare that he wrote several songs inspired by her, including “Waiting In Vain,” “She Used To Call Me Dada,” and “Turn Your Lights Down Low.”

Number Ten: There Are Some Issues With His Online Credits. Many songs online are credited to Marley; however, they aren’t actually sung by him. For example, UB40’s version of “Red, Red Wine” is often mistakenly credited to Marley, and Toyes’ “Smoke Two Joints” is often mistakenly credited to Marley as well.

Number Nine: He Was Fired From a Tour. Marley was on tour with Sly and the Family Stone, but he got fired after the crowds began to pay more attention to Marley than the headliners! Stay tuned for part two of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Bob Marley, coming soon!