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Jamaican Reggae Singer - Bob Marley (Also known as Tuff Gong, Bob, and Bobby Martell)
born : Robert Nesta Marley, Nine Mile, Saint Ann, Jamaica - 6th of February, 1945
famous for : Being a pioneering Jamaican reggae singer that brought his music to a worldwide audience. Marley is also known for his long natty dreads, smoking the herb (marijuana) and for his Rastafarian beliefs. Popular songs by Bob Marley include Redemption Song, Three Little Birds, One Love, Buffalo Soldier, Stir It Up, Jah Live, and No Woman, No Cry.
died: 11th of May, 1981

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Robert Nesta Marley was born on the 6th of February, 1945 in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica.
His father was a white Jamaican Marine officer called Norval Sinclair Marley. His mother was a black Jamaican called Cedella Booker. The couple were married but were rarely together as Norval was often away. Bob's father died at the age of 60 when he was just 10 years old.

Marley and his mother grew up in the tough neighborhood of Trenchtown in Kingston, Jamaica. Bob Marley gained a reputation of being able to handle himself physically and was nicknamed "Tuff Gong". His mixed race (black mother and white father) meant that he would be taunted in the slums, which forced Marley to learn how to defend himself.

Bob Marley's first job out of school was as a welder, but he had his heart set on making music. Marley made friends with fellow musicians Bunny Wailer, Joe Higgs and Peter Tosh. Bob Marley released his first two songs using the name Bobby Martell. The songs were called "Judge Not" and "One Cup of Coffee" and neither of them were commercially successful.

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