Personalities | Bob Marley | Seventies | Rock

(Guitar, vocals, 1945–81)

The man responsible for popularizing reggae worldwide, Bob Marley’s career began in 1963 in the original Wailers, a six-piece vocal group, later slimmed to a trio, operating out of Kingston, Jamaica and enjoying great success locally. In 1969, Marley worked with producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, who introduced him to the Barrett brothers – Aston (Family Man) on bass and Carlton (drums) – who would become a vital component of the new Wailers, formed in 1974.

The previous year, Marley signed to Island Records, who provided promotional clout for Catch A Fire (1973). Eric Clapton’s 1974 version of ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ raised Marley’s profile and ‘No Woman No Cry’, from Live At The Lyceum (1975), proved his chart breakthrough. Exodus (1977) and Kaya (1978) were massive sellers internationally. Uprising (1980) was to be his last studio album. Since his death from cancer in 1981, Marley’s reputation and influence has risen steadily.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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