Entertainment Seven Unknown Facts About Reggae Legend Bob Marley
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At the age of only 36 years ago, Reggae-Star Bob Marley died on May 11, 1981 on a cancer. His death 40 years ago, his followers shook around around the world. In addition to his music, the Jamaican also left numerous myths and stories around his person. Even though Bob Marley's life is a lot known - these seven facts know the fewest.
Bob Marley was Half Brite
hardly another one other made so extremely on the lack of equality between black and knows attentively like Bob Marley. What many do not know: he himself was the son of a white British. At his birth on Jamaica on 6 February 1945, his father Norval Sinclair Marley, a British officer, was already 60 years old, his mother Cedella Marley Booker, on the other hand, only 18. The wedding of his parents was at that time in the 1940s as a huge scandal and Even led to the departure of Captain Marley from the British Army.
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He escaped just under a murder attack
for December 1976 was planned in Jamaica at the initiative of the Social Democratic People's National Party (PNP) a peace concert, which should set a sign against dramatically increasing political violence on the island. Marley, who has always expressly distant from the Jamaican politics, tends to be considered a PNP sympathizer, agreed to an appearance.
on 3 December, two days before the concert, unknown invaded his house and injured him, his wife Rita and his manager Don Taylor through several shots. Taylor and Marley's wife were seriously injured, subsequently recovered but complete. Bob Marley only suffered slight injuries to chest and arm and could even occur at the 90-minute concert.
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In 1977, Bob Marley at football played an actually harmless foot injury, which he first did not treat. Later his condition deteriorated. In the course of an investigation, doctors stood at his large toe black skin cancer. But Marley allegedly did not agree with a necessary amputation of the affected toe due to his Rastafari faith. Three years later, he collapsed while jogging in New York. The diagnosis: metastases in liver, lungs and brain.
His last weeks he spent in Bavaria
The doctors gave him only a few weeks left. Bob Marley finally went to the hands of a German doctor, who operates a clinic in the Bavarian Rottach-Egern am Tegernsee. There, the singer underwent some unrecognized treatment methods, but which did not bring the hoped-for success.
At the beginning of May 1981 he left the clinic again to go to Jamaica's dying. In the intermediate landing in Florida, however, he was too weak for the onward flight and led to a hospital there. A few hours later, Robert Nesta Marley died on 11 May 1981 at 11:30 am at the age of only 36 years in Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.
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That's why Bob Marley drove a BMW
Bob Marley drove a copy of the Munich car manufacturer BMW for many years. Again and again he showed himself by the car. Actually surprising, as he renounced luxury despite his wealth on luxury. For him, however, BMW did not stand for driving pleasure and status, the explanation is much easier: BMW stood for the musician for "Bob Marley and the Wailers". Under this name, he toured many years with his band around the world.
Bob Marley should have had just under 50 children
admitted, the numbers can not be confirmed. The fact is that Bob Marley testified a lot of children in his short life. He has officially recognized eleven physical children during his lifetime than his own. However, rumors tend to go by a variety of further descendants. The information fluctuate, but the number 46 can be read again and again.
he never had a real chart hit
"No Woman, No Cry", "I shot the sheriff", "Could be you be loved", "Buffalo Soldier" or "Is This Love": Still his songs are round belongs to the world. Feeled Bob Marley worldwide Zig number one songs. But far-missed: In his entire career, there was no single his single release in the German top ten charts. After all, he succeeded eight times in the US, yet he had no hit at the top of the charts. The best placement he managed to rank five in the US and 13th place in Germany with "Could You Be Loved" - by the way posthumously.
Forty years on, Bob Marley's rich legacy thrives .
It's been four decades since Bob Marley's death, a period longer than the reggae icon's brief but potent life that skin cancer ended when he was 36. Yet Marley lives on as a voice of the dispossessed, the palpable vibrancy, spirit of protest and moral zeal of his songs including "One Love," "Redemption Song" and "I Shot The Sheriff" enduring in a way few bodies of popular music have ever done. His rich anthems of peace and struggle, hope and discontent, still reverberate globally and especially in his native Jamaica, a small nation whose rich culture its most famous son popularized on an international stage.