On 3 December 1976, seven gunmen attempted to assassinate Bob Marley. During the trial, one of the gunmen claimed that the CIA hired them to do it, as Marley backed the left wing party PNP rather than the right wing LP. Two days later the injured Marley gave a 90 minute concert.
Bob Marley moved near his mother’s residence in Wilmington, Delaware for a short time, during which he worked as a DuPont lab assistant and on the assembly line at a Chrysler plant in nearby Newark, under the alias Donald Marley.
Bob Marley once said “The people who are trying to make this world worse aren’t taking a day off. How can I?” after armed gunmen attacked his home two days before giving a free concert called “Smile Jamaica”.
The lyrics of Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” are officially credited to his childhood friend Vincent “Tata” Ford, who ran a soup kitchen in the Jamaican ghetto where Marley grew up. Marley gave Ford credit for writing the song so that the royalty payments could keep the soup kitchen open.
Bob Marley gave credit for “No Woman, No Cry” to Vincent Ford, a friend who ran a soup kitchen, to ensure the royalty checks would keep it open.
Bob Marley was seen as a “white man” in his native Jamaica, due to having a British father, and he suffered racism and discrimination when growing up. One of Bob’s early romances had a brother who stopped the relationship as he “didn’t want no white man” in our family.
Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry” is actually titled “No Woman Nuh Cry”. Which translates to “No Woman Don’t Cry”. It’s a comfort song for a woman, not a comfort song for men with no woman.
When his boat sank off the Jamaican coast, Chris Blackwell – the producer who first discovered Bob Marley – was found near-death by some Rasta fishermen. They nursed him back to full health, forming a bond with their culture that became the basis for his famous investment in the island’s music.
Bob Marley was buried with his red Gibson guitar, a Bible opened to Psalm 23, and bud of marijuana.
Bob Marley had 3 children born to 3 different women in one month.