Category: bob marley


Bob Marley performing at the Santa Barbara Bowl in California on May 31, 1976 during the Rastaman Vibration tour.

Photos by Jeffrey Mayer

Bob Marley performing at the Santa Barbara Bowl in California on May 31, 1976 during the Rastaman Vibration tour.

Photos by Jeffrey Mayer

On this day in music history: April 13, 1973 – “Catch A Fire”, the fifth album by The Wailers is released. Produced by Chris Blackwell, it is recorded at Dynamic Sound, Randy’s Studio in Kingston, Jamaica, and Island Studios in London from May – October 1972. It is the bands’ major label debut on Island Records and includes such classics as “Stir It Up”, “Kinky Reggae”, and “Concrete Jungle”. The first 20,000 copies of the vinyl LP come packaged in a sleeve designed to look like and open and close like a Zippo lighter (designed by Rod Dyer and Bob Weiner). Due to the high cost of producing the original artwork, which also necessitated hand assembly for each jacket, only the initial pressing uses this cover. The album is reissued a year later with different cover art, featuring Bob Marley smoking a spliff. Island Records releases a 2 CD Deluxe Edition of the album in 2001 that features the original Jamaican track listing and without the additional post production overdubs added to the US release. In 2010, the album is remastered again in Japan as a limited edition SHM-CD, with the packaging replicating the original Zippo lighter sleeve in mini-LP form. It is also remastered and reissued on vinyl in 2015, available as an individual 180 gram LP, or as part of the vinyl box set “Bob Marley & The Wailers – Complete Island Recordings. The album is also reissued with its original limited edition "Zippo” album cover art and pressed on clear “smoke” colored vinyl, on Black Friday Record Store Day in November of 2018 “Catch A Fire” peaks at number fifty one on the Billboard R&B album chart, and number one hundred seventy one on the Top 200.

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Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981)

album of best-selling African American artists in USA

On this day in music history: October 6, 1992 – “Songs Of Freedom” by Bob Marley is released. Compilation Producers: Trevor Wyatt, Neville Garrick, Chris Blackwell and Rita Marley. The four CD (and very limited eight LP vinyl boxed edition released in Jamaica only) seventy eight track box set spans the length of reggae legend Marley’s recording career from his first single “Judge Not” in 1961 to his final recordings in 1980. The set includes many alternate, live and previously unreleased versions of his best known material including a version of “Redemption Song” recorded at the bands’ last live performance at the Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA (on September 23, 1980). The box is limited to 1,000,000 individually numbered copies worldwide, which sell out within eighteen months of its release. The initial pressing of the CD set is packaged with hard cover book styled packaging with extensive annotation (from various music historians), and a number of previously unpublished photos of Marley and The Wailers, designed by longtime graphic artist collaborator Neville Garrick. The box is reissued with compact and less elaborate packaging in 1999. It is reissued again in 2005 (for the European market) restoring the original 1992 packaging also including a bonus DVD documentary on Bob Marley titled “Rebel Music”. “Songs Of Freedom” peaks at number eighty six on the Billboard Top 200, number twenty four on the R&B album chart, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Born on this day: February 6, 1945 – Reggae music icon Bob Marley (born Robert Nesta Marley in Nine Mile, Saint Ann, Jamaica). Happy Birthday to this musical giant on what would have been his 73rd Birthday.

Dick Gregory with Bob Marley & The Wailers at The Amandla Festival of Unity was a world music festival held at Harvard Stadium in Boston on July 21, 1979. 

The festival was held in an effort to support and celebrate the liberation of South Africa and the on-going efforts of people in Boston to address racism in their families, schools, workplaces and communities.

(Photos by Sharon Donahue)

Bob Marley

photographed by Gijsbert Hanekroot on a canal cruise

in Amsterdam, 1976.


The Jackson 5 meet Bob Marley & The Wailers in

Kingston (1975)

Bob Marley had booked The Jackson 5 to open for him at National Heroes Stadium in Kingston before the start of the Natty Dread Tour. The Jackson 5 visited Marley at his home at 56 Hope Road before the concert.