Bob Marley’s full name was Robert Nesta Marley. He was born on the 6th of February, 1945, in Jamaica, in a slum area called Nine Mile. Bob Marley became famous all over the globe as a Jamaican singer, songwriter and musician. He also went by other names such as Tuff Gong and Donald Marley. He is the only artist from the Caribbean, to appear on the famous Forbes list. Bob Marley is also famous for making reggae popular, all over the globe. Keep reading to know about the biography, career, awards and the net worth of Bob Marley in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
He is the son of a teenage black mother and a much older (and absent) white father. Bob Marley spent the early days of his life in Nine Miles, a rural village in Jamaica. He was born at Saint Ann Parish, on his maternal grandfather’s farm. Bob Marley had a childhood friend by the name of Neville “Bunny” O’Riley Livingston. Both of them used to go to the same school. And, both of them loved music. It was his friend who made Bob Marley learn how to play the guitar.
When he was a very young boy, his first and middle name was reversed by a passport official from Jamaica, as Nesta sounded like the name of a girl. When he was 12 years, Bob Marley and his mother left Nine Mile and relocated to Trenchtown, Kingston.
Career, Awards & Nominations
For quite some time, Bob Marley was a member of the Rastafari movement. Besides music, Bob Marley loved football, and he would play football in fields, parking lots and even in recording studios. To Bob Marley, cannabis was an aid to medication, a healing herb and he fought for the legislation of it. In 1968, he was arrested, after he was caught with cannabis in his possession. Bob Marley was a Pan-Africanist and a staunch believer in the global unity of the African people. Bob Marley liked artists such as Elvis Presley, the Drifters, Fats Domino, and Ray Charles.
In 1963, Bob Marley teamed up with two of his friends, Livingston and McIntosh and they formed the group known as Wailing Wailers. In 1994, Bob Marley’s name was put in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, posthumously. Time Magazine named his album ‘Exodus,’ Album of the Century, in the year 1977. BBC declared his song ‘One Love,’ as Song of the Millennium. Bob Marley never won a Grammy award.
In the year 2001, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon Bob Marley. He achieved record sales of more than 20 million. He was the first ever global superstar to arise out of the Third World. In 1977, Bob Marley was diagnosed with acral lentiginous melanoma. Bob Marley died at the age of 36, in Miami, on May 11, 1981.
Net Worth & Earnings
Emerging as one of the very fine musicians from Jamaica in the Caribbean Island, Bob Marley is a name we all swear on. His excellence and brilliance in the field of music has baffled us since 3 time immemorial. He has earned immense fame not just as a singer but also as a fabulous songwriter. Today, his music is being listened to, from various corners of the world. The immense fanbase he has successfully created has helped him spread his word more, owing to which he has built a flattering fortune. Hence, the net worth of Bob Marley is approximated to be $130 million.
Some of the top songs of Bob Marley are Waiting in Vain, Exodus, Redemption Song, Satisfy My Soul, Easy Skanking, Soul Rebel, Buffalo Soldier and Stir It Up, to name a few. Bob Marley has been married to Alpharita Anderson Marley since 1966 and has been blessed with 8 children.