Five On Friday: Bob Marley

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Friday, June 11, 2010

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February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981

I have to tell you, it boggles my mind that Mr. Marley has been gone for almost 20 years, yet his music lives on like he was still around and recording.

The music he made was all based upon love and freedom. He converted from Catholicism to Rastafari in the 60's.

Under the name Bob Marley and the Wailers eleven albums were released, four live albums and seven studio albums.

In July 1977, Marley was diagnosed with acral lentiginous melanoma, a form of malignant melanoma. He continued to tour for a short while and the n tried some controversial cancer treatments in Bavaria.

After 8-months, knowing he was going to die, he decided to fly home to Jamaica. When the plane landed in Miami, Marley was so sick he was transferred to Cedars of Lebanon Hospital where he died the morning of May 11, 1981, at the age of 36. The spread of melanoma to his lungs and brain caused his death. His final words to his son Ziggy were "Money can't buy life."

Here are some of the awards and honors bestowed upon Mr. Marley:
  • 1976: Band of the Year (Rolling Stone)
  • June 1978: Awarded the Peace Medal of the Third World from the United Nations
  • February 1981: Awarded Jamaica's third highest honor, the Jamaican Order of Merit
  • March 1994: Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • 1999: Album of the Century for Exodus (Time)
  • February 2001: A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • February 2001: Awarded Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2004: Rolling Stone ranked him #11 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time
  • "One Love" named song of the millennium by BBC
  • Voted as one of the greatest lyricists of all time by a BBC poll.
  • 2010 "Catch a Fire" inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame (Reggae Album).
I selected five of my favorites from Mr. Marley...

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12 Of Your Sparks

  1. Liz Hill Says:
  2. Whenever I hear Marley I just automatically relax

  3. CiCi Says:
  4. I had a woman boss once who I worked for seven years. She was absolutely nuts over Marley. She finally taught herself to play guitar and she started writing her own songs and she was pretty good.

  5. LIZ: Yup yup ...he does make me relax also

    TECHNO: Very cool of her

  6. ...loooooooooves me some Bob!...

  7. Jay Says:
  8. I don't know anyone who doesn't love "Three Little Birds" and "Jammin"

  9. With me it is "Exodus" .. love the blend of rhythms and energy.

  10. Travis Cody Says:
  11. Oddly enough, Marley really doesn't do much for me, although I recognize the excellence. I've never been a fan of reggae music.

  12. Jammin - just love that one! And No Woman No Cry, as well. Really enjoyed this week's set, Bond.

  13. Jeff B Says:
  14. I didn't realize he was only thirty-six when he passed. Dang, he was a young man.

  15. Ken Says:
  16. Me like Marley morning! Irie mon.

  17. Coco Says:
  18. Was happy to see my mantra on here - Three Little Birds has been my soul cry for several years now. I was surprised not to see Redemption Song on here, although I suppose there is so much to choose from ... wonderful choice for FfF. This music is so powerful. Thank you for sharing.

  19. Mimi Lenox Says:
  20. Marley is peace to me.

    Thank you for posting this. An incredible young man he was.
    And is.


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