(CMR) Bob Marley died when he was only 36 years old, but the Jamaican-born reggae legend left a massive musical legacy. The numerous recognitions Marley has received after his death indicate just how great of a person he was.
Here are some fascinating things about the great Robert Nesta Marley, who was born on February 6, 1945:
1. He was named Nesta Robert Marley, but his name was changed to Robert Nesta Marley after it was said that Nesta sounded like a girl's name.
2. Marley was called “Tuff Gong” as a teenager for the toughness he showed growing up in Trench Town, Kingston.
3. Bob Marley has spent 570 weeks on the Billboard Top 200 chart since its 1984 debut.
4. He was nicknamed ‘White Boy' because of his mixed racial heritage; he was born to a British father and a Jamaican mother.
5. In his early years, he predicted the future of many by reading their palms.
6. He is one of the top-earning dead celebrities. In 2018, Forbes Magazine listed Marley as fifth on the highest-earning dead celebrities list.
7. Marley has sold more than 75 million albums in the last two decades
8. Marley is said to have fathered at least 13 children. There are rumors that there many others.
9. In 1978, the United Nations awarded Marley a Peace Medal in recognition of his advocacy for “disenfranchised blacks around the world.
10. He gave writing credit of “No Woman, No Cry” to his friend Vincent Ford so that Ford would be able to fund his Kingston soup kitchen.