We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about Bob Marley, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the singer and musician that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!
Number Eight: He Inspired Lyrics in a Drake Song. You might know the lyrics to Drake’s “Over” by heart, but did you know that some of those lyrics were inspired by Bob Marley? Specifically, the part where Drake mentions that music makes him feel no pain comes from Marley.
Number Seven: He Had a Counterintuitive Nickname. Marley’s nickname became “white boy” because his father was a white British naval captain. Though his mother was Jamaican, his heritage inspired people to give him the nickname of “white boy.”
Number Six: He Was No Stranger to Tragedy. An unidentified gunman is responsible for shooting Marley, his manager, and his wife in Marley’s home. The shooting took place two days before Marley’s “Smile Jamaica” concert. Ironically, Marley organized the concert to encourage peace.
Number Five: His Recording Label Is Still Successful. Marley himself might not be behind the wheel of his recording label, Tuff Gong, any longer, but it’s still going strong! The label was named after a nickname Marley got in Trenchtown.
Number Four: He Has the Second Longest-Charting Album of All Time. Marley’s album, Legend, is the second longest-charting album of all time! It’s also the best-selling reggae album of all time.
Number Three: He Was Incredibly Generous. To this day, the royalties earned from “No Woman No Cry” are sent directly to a soup kitchen in Jamaica. Marley named Vincent Ford in the songwriting credits, and because Ford runs the soup kitchen, he is able to keep it going with the royalties.
Number Two: His Music Has Inspired Musical Theatre. It’s true! Marley’s daughter, Cedella, wrote a book titled Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds that was eventually adapted for an Off-Broadway show.
Number One: He Had Some Haunting Last Words. In fact, Marley’s last words to his son, Ziggy, were “Money can’t buy life.” Preach. We hope you enjoyed our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Bob Marley!