Bob Marley was born in the village of Nine Mile in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica as Nesta Robert Marley in 1945. A Jamaican passport official would later swap his first and middle names...
He left school at the age of 14 to make music and recorded his first 2 singles in 1962 (if you do the math that means he was 17). In 1963, Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, Junior Braithwaite, Beverley Kelso & Cherry Smith formed a ska and rocksteady group, calling themselves "The Teenagers". They later changed their name to "The Wailing Rudeboys", then to "The Wailing Wailers", at which point they were discovered by record producer Coxsone Dodd, and finally to "The Wailers".
In 1975, Marley had his international breakthrough with his first hit outside Jamaica, "No Woman, No Cry", from the Natty Dread album. This was followed by his breakthrough album in the United States, Rastaman Vibration (1976), which spent four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.
Under the name Bob Marley and the Wailers eleven albums were released, four live albums and seven studio albums.
In 1994, Marley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 1999 Time magazine chose Bob Marley & The Wailers' Exodus as the greatest album of the 20th century.
Today Bob Marley's life and music are celebrated around the world.
Bob Marley: Judge Not (first recording, under the pseudonym Bobby Martell)