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Catch a Fire The Life of Bob Marley
As I was reading the book Catch a Fire by Timothy White I discovered many things that I didn't know about Bob Marley. This book was very informative on how Marley got started in the music business.
Robert Nesta Marley was born of February 6, 1945 in a small village called Nine Miles. Bob's father Norval Marley was a white Jamaican and a Captain in the Army. When Bob was young his mother and father got a divorce.
When Bob was only 16 he produced his first record in Kingston. In 1963 the original Wailers were formed, the group consisted of Bob Marley, Bunny Livingstone and Peter Tosh. They produced many songs such as, "Judge Not" and "Simmer Down" which were both instant number one songs in Jamaica. Around 1973 two of the original Wailers wanted out of the band. They felt that the touring schedule was to much for them, so Bunny Livingston and Peter Tosh quit. It didn't take long for Bob to find new people to replace the original band members. He found Aston an accomplished bass player, Carlton to play the drums and he brought in a trio of female back up vocalists called the I-Threes, one of which was his wife Rita.
In Jamaica Bob was viewed as a mystic and prophet, and becoming very popular in Jamaica. The Prime Minister asked Bob Marley to stage a free concert on the same day as the National election. By doing this he knew he had the support of Bob Marley and his followers. This dangerous move resulted in an attempt on Marley's life. On the evening of December 3, a number of gunmen arrived at Bobs house on 56 Hope Road and shot Bob, his wife Rita, and his manager. These gunmen were thought to be the henchmen of the opposition leader Edward Seaga. Luckily
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