Tuesday, November 22, 2005

One Love, Many Hits

Bob Marley is by far the best known reggae artist even today; almost twenty five years after his death. His success in Jamaica and the U.K. were unprecedented in his time, especially by a non American, reggae artist. Although most know of Marley and the wailers as a care free group, most of his career was not easy.

At the age of fourteen, Marley left home to pursue music. Later that year, he found Joe Higgs, who helped him produce his first solo single, Judge Not, in 1962. The next year, Marley founded a group with friends, known as the Teenagers. The members of the group included Cherry Smith, Peter Tosh, Junior Braithuaite, Bunny Livingston, and Beverly Kelso. Throughout the years, and with their growing popularity, the group's name changed to the Wailing Rudeboys, and later just the Wailers. Their first hit, "I'm Still Waiting", was produced under Consone Dodd's Studio 1. The next year, Braithwaite and Smith left the group to pursue solo careers. Less two members, the Wailers still succeeded in producing 70 songs before disbanding in 1970.

After a break of about a year, Marley moved back to Jamaica to reform the Wailers, along with Livingston and Tosh, and produced under their own label, Wail 'n Soul 'm. Under this label, they produced singles such as "Bend Down Low".

During this time, The Wailers teamed up with Lee "Scratch" Perry and the Upsetters, and produced singles such as "Small Axe" and "My Cup". Two members of Perry's Upsetters, Aston and Carlton Barrett decided to join the Wailers full time. With new members, the Wailers decided to make another independant label, Tuff Gong, in 1971, releasing only a handful of smaller singles before Joining Island records a year later.

1973's Catch a Fire, the Wailers' debut with Island records, was a hit. It showcased the smash single "I Shot the Sheriff." By 1974, the group was positioned for worldwide stardom, but Livingston and Tosh decided to leave and pursue solo careers. This is when Bob brought his wife, Rita, and her group the I-9's including Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt into the picture. This seemed to be the right formula; No Woman No Cry was released that year, dominating charts everywhere except the U.S. In 1976, the group's Rastaman Vibration broke the top ten in the
U. S.

Exodus was released in 1977, again smashing charts with singles such as "Jamming", "Waiting in Vain", and "One Love". In the same year, Kaya was released, highlighted by "Is This Love". These were the last of the Wailers' hits before touring began, and ultimately Marley's death in 1981.

VH1's biography of Robert Nuesta Marley

Wikipedia's biography of Robert Nuesta Marley


Blogger violinbrunetka said...

Good description! I like how you started the regge singer out with his first known song. When then reading the rest of your blog, I thought I was reading a "timeline." Good job.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 4:02:00 PM  
Blogger SuzyGreenberg said...

You should mention the fact Eric Clapton was the one to really popularize "I shot the Sheriff"

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 6:52:00 PM  
Blogger gfunk5 said...

This blog provided some useful facts on Marley's life- thank you.
It might have helped if you focused on one segment of Marley's life and elaborated on it.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 7:26:00 PM  
Blogger hollywoodhottie said...

I LOVED the title! I thought it was very clever. I agree with gfunk...perhaps a little more in depth on a certain aspect of his life would be helpful. But other than that I thought it was very informative.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 8:59:00 PM  
Blogger dbu_us said...

Great Job! :-D

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 10:36:00 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

I think you were supposed to concentrate on one part of Bob's life, but what you wrote was still interesting. I totally agree with your first comment; Marley is definitely the most well known reggae artist in the world!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 11:50:00 PM  
Blogger Scott Spiegelberg said...

THe first sentence is too run-on. To shorten: "Almost twenty-five years after his death, Bob Marley is still the best-known reggae artist." In the second sentence remove the comma after American. Capitalize Wailers in the third sentence.

Second paragraph, second sentence has too many clauses. Put quotes around song titles.

Combine the third and fourth paragraphs. Avoid repeated phrases: "produced singles such as". Put a comma after Barrett, decapitalize Joining.

Fifth paragraph, fourth sentence is unwieldy. Revise, possibly into two sentences. Italicize album titles.

Pick a prime focus for this biography, that is highlighted in the opening paragraph and used to summarize everything in a closing paragraph.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005 11:48:00 AM  

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