Welcome to this week’s OldiesButGoodies, our ThrowBack Thursday music segment.
In case you missed it, which is near impossible; Monday, May 11th, made it the 34th posthumous birthday of the legendary Bob Marley.
Born Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley on 6th February 1945, he passed on 11th May, 1981. Marley shot into global view first as a part of the popular Reggae band, The Wailers, and later on as an incredibly gifted solo artiste.
He is revered around the world till date for his unique lyricism and avant-garde style of music and spiritual/ sociopolitical themes, features that stick him out as one of the biggest selling artistes worldwide, all-time, at over 75 million records sold.
He learnt to play the guitar at a young age, an instrument that helped build his music, shaping his style to a rich, highly sort after body of work. Though born a Catholic, he was a devout Rastatafarian. He passed on in 1981 at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami –now referred to as the Miami University Teaching Hospital- at the age of 36.
According to varied sources, the then Jamaican Prime Minister (Edward Seaga) conducted the eulogy at his state funeral; saying, amongst other things, that “[Marley’s] voice was an omnipresent cry in [an] electronic world.”
Speaking further, Seaga held that “[Marley’s] sharp features, majestic looks, and prancing style [had] a vivid etching on the landscape of our minds. Bob Marley was never seen. He was an experience which left an indelible imprint with each encounter. Such a man cannot be erased from the mind. He is part of the collective consciousness of the nation.”
We remember and eulogize him today on our ThrowBack Thursday. And for you the esteemed readers, we shuffled our Marley collection so you can enjoy 11 of his SMASHING HITS.
STIR IT UP
IS THIS LOVE
COULD YOU BE LOVED
SATISFY MY SOUL
NO WOMAN NO CRY
GET UP STAND UP
Stay with us next week and let’s get this cracking all over. Cheers, guys.
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