Bob Marley Remembered

Bob Marley
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May 11, 2001 -- It was 20 years ago that reggae icon Bob Marley died of cancer in Miami. He was 36 years old.

Marley grew up in the slums of Kingston, Jamaica, the son of a black mother and a white father. In the 1970s, he rose above the noise of the reggae revolution to become not only an icon of the genre, but a messenger with a powerful story to tell.

Marley burst onto the international music scene in 1972 with the release of the album, Catch a Fire. He influenced musicians from San Francisco to South Africa.

audio buttonNPR's Tom Cole remembers Marley and describes the influence he had on reggae for Morning Edition.

Selected Discography

Soul Rebel, Trojan, 1971
Catch a Fire, Island, 1972
Burnin', Island, 1973
African Herbsman, Trojan, 1973
Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers, Studio One, 1974
Natty Dread, Island, 1974
Rasta Revolution, Trojan, 1974
Live! Bob Marley and the Wailers, Island, 1975
Rastaman Vibration, Island, 1976
Birth of a Legend, Columbia Legacy, (reissue coming June, 2001)
Reflection, Fontant, 1977
Exodus, Island, 1977
Kaya, Island, 1977
Babylon by Bus, Island, 1978
In the Beginning, Psycho, 1979
Survival, Island, 1979
Bob Marley and the Wailers, Hammer, 1979
Uprising, Island, 1980
Crying for Freedom, Time-Wind, 1981
Chances Are, Cotillion, 1981
Soul Revolution, Part II, Pressure Disc, 1981
Marley, Phoenix, 1982
Jamacian Storm, Accord, 1982
Bob Marley Interviews..., Tuff Gong, 1982
Confrontation, Island, 1983
Legend, Island, 1986
Bob Marley, Urban-Tek, 1989


Bob Marley, Davis, Stephen, Doubleday, 1985
Reggae Bloodlines: In Search of the Music and Culture of Jamaica, Davis, Stephen, Anchor Press, 1979
Bob Marley: Soul Rebel -- Natural Mystic, Goldman, Vivian, St. Martin's, 1981
Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley, White, Timothy, Holt, 1983
Bob Marley, Reggae King of the World, Whitney, Malika Lee, Dutton, 1984