BOB MARLEY Cedella Booker gave birth to Robert Nesta (Bob) Marley on February 6, 1945. But she did not know that she had given birth to a future legend. Bob Marley left school when he was 14 to start his career with his friend Neville “Bunny” Livingston. Their first two songs were “Judge Not” and “One Cup of Coffee” with their local producer Leslie Kong. Later on in his life, he became the leader of a band called “The Teenagers”. The other people in the band were Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, Junior Braithwaite, Beverly Kelso, and Cherry Smith.
They later changed their name to “The Wailing Rudeboys”. But that wasn’t the only time they changed their name; after that they changed their name to “The Wailing Wailers” then to “The Wailers”. Bob Marley and “The Wailers” tried to change the world with their reggae based music. In the song, “Get up, Stand up”, Marley and “The Wailers” tried to send a message to stand up for what you believe in is right. In some of his other music, he just tried to calm people down. In other songs like “Three Little Birds” the main focus was to try to make people feel better in hard times.In July, 1977 Marley was diagnosed with Acral Lentiginous Melanoma (caused by a football wound on a place that has no hair and is not exposed to the sun) on his right big toe.
But there was a way to cure him of this illness… Amputation. But the Rastafarian belief was that you must die with your whole body so Marley refused the operation. He played his last concert at Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 23, 1980. On May 11, 1981, Robert Nesta (Bob) Marley died at the age of 36 in Miami at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital. His last words were to his son with the message… “Money can’t buy life”.