Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician who was born on February 6, 1945. He achieved international fame through his reggae songs. One of his most popular songs is “I Shot the Sheriff” which was released in 1973. His father, mother, and eleven siblings all encouraged him to become a famous singer from a young age. In 1963 he traveled to Kingston to audition for Jackie Opel’s record label and it is there that he teamed up with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer to form The Wailers.
In the early 1970s, The Wailers recorded a number of popular singles including “Simmer Down”, “One Love/People Get Ready”, and “No Woman No Cry
The only way Jamaican Reggae music could reach international stardom was by breaking out of its own borders and finding its place in the United States.
In the 1960s, reggae music had become a hot commodity in Jamaica. It was spreading to other islands and it had become a symbol of Jamaican nationalism. In response to the growing popularity, the British government started to crackdown on reggae artists because it was feared that they were inciting violence and disorder by singing about politics and social issues.
As a result, many reggae artists fled to America where they could perform freely and develop an international fanbase by playing in clubs and at festivals.
When these artists found success, they eventually returned home as ambassadors for their culture with newfound fans along for the ride.
The Man Who Introduced the World to Reggae
In 1968, a Jamaican named Errol Thompson had a dream to introduce the world to reggae music. That dream came true after he traveled to London and recorded a song called “Roots Rock Reggae.”
Thompson was born in Kingston, Jamaica on July 22nd, 1946. His father was from Leeds, England and his mother from Trinidad. Errol Thompson grew up in Trench Town, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Kingston, Jamaica. In high school he met Bob Marley and they both started playing guitar together. In 1967 Errol Thompson started working as a producer for the Jamaican Broadcasting Corporation (JBC). He brought together some of Jamaica’s most talented musicians and created new music that nobody had ever heard before- reg
Many musicologists consider Bob Marley, the Jamaican singer and guitarist, to be the most influential person in Jamaican music. He was born in 1945 to a poor family in Trenchtown, Jamaica. His mother was a maid and his father owned an estate in Nine Mile. He grew up with his older brothers and sisters during the period of conversion from British colonial rule to independence.
These days he is widely regarded as one of the most prolific songwriters ever to live. Musicologists say that it is difficult to overestimate Marley’s impact on popular music. The songs he wrote or co-wrote are among some of the most well-known songs ever recorded; countless artists have covered his work over the years.