Bob Marley Biography, Songs, Cause Of Death, Age, Wife, Children, Albums, Family, Photos, Grandchildren

Bob Marley Biography: Songs, Cause Of Death, Age, Wife, Children, Albums, Family, Photos, Grandchildren

October 25, 2022 0 Posted By Lorenza Nicholas


Robert Nesta Marley (born 6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a popular reggae musician and songwriter from Jamaica known as Bob Marley.

He was known for promoting the reggae genre and was one of the early birds in the musical genre.

To date, Bob Marley still inspires everyone diving into the genre and has been marked a legend in the global music scene. He was and remained a global music icon despite his death.

Bob Marley
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Wiki Facts & About Data
Full Name: Robert Nesta Marley
Stage Name: Bob Marley
Born: 6 February 1945 (age 36 years old)
Place of Birth: Nine Mile, Jamaica
Died: 11 May 1981, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida, United States
Nationality: Jamaican
Height: 1.7 m
Parents: Norval Marley, Cedella Booker
Siblings: Constance Marley, Richard Booker, Anthony Booker, Pearl Livingston
Wife • Spouse: Rita Marley (m. 1966–1981)
Girlfriend • Partner: N/A
Children: Ziggy Marley, Damian Marley, Rohan Marley, Stephen Marley, Cedella Marley, Ky-Mani Marley, Julian Marley, Stephanie Marley, Sharon Marley, Robbie Marley, Karen Marley, Makeda Jahnesta
Occupation: Singer • Songwriter
Net Worth: US$32 million

Early Life

Norval Marley and Cedella Booker had Bob Marley on February 6, 1945, on his maternal grandfather’s property in Nine Mile, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica. 

Norval Marley was born in Crowborough, East Sussex, England, and was a resident of Clarendon Parish at the time. His family claimed Syrian Jewish ancestry. 

Norval Marley was a captain in the Royal Marines when he married Cedella Booker, an Afro-Jamaican who was 18 at the time. He worked as a plantation overseer. 

Robert Nesta Marley is Bob Marley‘s full name. His father died of a heart attack at the age of 70 when Bob Marley was ten years old in 1955. 

Bob Marley‘s mother later married Edward Booker, an American civil servant, with siblings: Constance Marley, Richard Booker, Anthony Booker, and Pearl Livingston.


Bob Marley began his professional musical career in 1963 when he formed the Teenagers with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, which later became the Wailers following multiple name changes. 

The Wailing Wailers‘ debut studio album, The Wailing Wailers, was released in 1965 and featured the track One Love, a rearrangement of People Get Ready, which became a worldwide hit and established the group as a rising reggae star. After signing with Island Records, the Wailers changed their name to Bob Marley and the Wailers and released eleven more studio albums. 

After signing with Island music label and the release of albums Catch a Fire and Burnin’ in 1974, the band began to acquire international prominence. Bob Marley continued to perform under the Wailers’ name until the band disbanded a year later. The album Natty Dread (1974) garnered favorable reviews. 

Following the global success of Eric Clapton’s cover of Bob Marley‘s I Shot the SheriffBob Marley had his international breakthrough in 1975 with a live version of No Woman, No Cry from the Live! The album, which was his first hit outside Jamaica. This was followed by Rastaman Vibration (1976), his breakthrough album in the United States, which charted in the Top 50 on the Billboard Soul Charts.

Bob Marley escaped an assassination attempt at his home in Jamaica a few months after the album’s release, prompting him to go to London permanently. Exodus (1977), which blended elements of blues, soul, and British rock, was a financial and critical success and was recorded and released during his stay in London.

Bob Marley‘s post-humous music album Legend, published in 1984, became the best-selling reggae album of all time. He is among the most successful musicians of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide. 

Bob Marley was posthumously honored by Jamaica with a recognized Order of Merit shortly after his death. He was elected to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. He was voted No. 11 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. 

Among his other accomplishments are the following:

  • A Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Induction into the Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame.

Personal Life

Bob Marley was a long-time member of the Rastafari movement, whose culture influenced the birth of reggae music. He became a fervent supporter of Rastafari, bringing the music out of Jamaica’s impoverished communities and onto the international music arena. 

As a Rastafarian, he believed Ethiopia’s Haile Selassie was an incarnation of God. On 4 November 1980, soon before his death, Archbishop Abuna Yesehaq baptized Bob Marley into the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, giving him the name Berhane Selassie.

Bob Marley supports the legalization of cannabis as a Rastafarian, believing it to be a meditation aid. He was imprisoned in 1968 after being found smoking marijuana, but he continued to use it because of his religious views.

On February 10, 1966, Bob Marley married Rita Marley in Kingston, Jamaica. He had a large family, including four children with his wife, Rita Marley, two adopted children from Rita Marley‘s past marriages, and several other women. 

On the official Bob Marley website, 11 children are mentioned. His children are Ziggy Marley, Damian Marley, Rohan Marley, Stephen Marley, Cedella Marley, Ky-Mani Marley, Julian Marley, Stephanie Marley, Sharon Marley, Robbie Marley, Karen Marley, and Makeda Jahnesta.

His grandchildren are Skip Marley, Selah Marley, Zion Marley, Bambaata Marley, John Nesta Marley, Joshua Omaru Marley, Abraham Selassie Robert Nesta Marley, Nico Marley, Elijah Marley, Christian Marley, Zuri Marley, Eden Marley, Jo Mersa Marley, Justice Marley, Judah Victoria Marley, KJ Marley, Caveri Marley, Soul-Rebel Marley Minto, Zipporah Marley, Shacia Marley, Donisha Rita Claire Prendergast, Gideon Robert Nesta Marley, Sarah Marley, Isaiah Sion Robert Nesta Marley, Yohan Marley, Inglemar Marley, Bengimen Marley, Maria Fialho Marley, Peter-Shane Marley, Stephen Marley Jr., Lailah Marley, Jeremiah Marley, Matthew Marley, Summer Marley, Sasha Marley, Nyah Marley, Mystic Marley, and Binghi Marley.

Bob Marley was diagnosed with cancer in 1977. He lost his right with a terrible disease in 1981 and passed on.


  1. Ziggy Marley
  2. Damian Marley
  3. Rohan Marley
  4. Stephen Marley
  5. Cedella Marley
  6. Ky-Mani Marley
  7. Julian Marley
  8. Stephanie Marley
  9. Sharon Marley
  10. Robbie Marley
  11. Karen Marley
  12. Makeda Jahnesta


  1. Skip Marley
  2. Selah Marley
  3. Zion Marley
  4. Bambaata Marley
  5. John Nesta Marley
  6. Joshua Omaru Marley
  7. Abraham Selassie Robert Nesta Marley
  8. Nico Marley, Elijah Marley
  9. Christian Marley
  10. Zuri Marley
  11. Eden Marley
  12. Jo Mersa Marley
  13. Justice Marley
  14. Judah Victoria Marley
  15. KJ Marley
  16. Caveri Marley
  17. Soul-Rebel Marley Minto
  18. Zipporah Marley
  19. Shacia Marley
  20. Donisha Rita Claire Prendergast
  21. Gideon Robert Nesta Marley
  22. Sarah Marley
  23. Isaiah Sion Robert Nesta Marley
  24. Yohan Marley
  25. Inglemar Marley
  26. Bengimen Marley
  27. Maria Fialho Marley
  28. Peter-Shane Marley
  29. Stephen Marley Jr.
  30. Lailah Marley
  31. Jeremiah Marley
  32. Matthew Marley
  33. Summer Marley
  34. Sasha Marley
  35. Nyah Marley
  36. Mystic Marley
  37. Binghi Marley

Net Worth

He was one of the wealthiest musician of his time. Bob Marley accumulated an estimated net worth of US$32 million before his death.

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