Bob posters are a student staple, but his influence extends far beyond smoky bedrooms in halls of residence. As reggae's best known artist, his music is responsible for spreading the messages of the Rastafarian faith and stories of the Jamaican people.
Born Robert Nesta Marley in Jamaica in1945, Bob moved to the island's capital Kingston at the age of 14 to become a pupil of local singer Joe Higgs. He went on to form a group called The Teenagers, who later changed their name to The Wailing Rude Boys, later The Wailers. This version of the group disbanded in 1966, but later reformed with Marley (lead vocals), Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston. This line up released 'Catch A Fire' (1973) and 'Burnin' (1974), before Tosh and Livingston left to pursue solo careers. Marley then started working with the I-Threes, consisting of his wife Rita, Marcia Griffith and Judy Mowatt. Together they produced 1975's 'Natty Dread' which contained the worldwide hit 'No Woman No Cry.'
An assassination attempt in 1976 meant they were noticed. Only Island and us were on to them then."
- John Walters (In Session Tonight by Ken Garner)