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8 Intriguing Details Most Don’t Know About Bob Marley’s Life  was originally published on

1. His Calling

His Calling

Bob Marley decided at 7 years old that he was meant to be a singer, but before then he was a very talented fortune teller.

2. His Real Name

His Real Name

The legend was born Nesta Robert Marley on February 6th, 1945 in St. Ann Parish, Jamaica. Rumor is his name was switched to Robert Nesta Marley on his Jamaican passport because Nesta sounded like a girls name.

3. His Parents

His Parents

Marley was born to a 60-year-old white British naval captain and 18-year-old black country village girl.

4. His Nickname

His Nickname

Because of his mixed heritage, neighbors bullied him and called him “White Boy.” Marley would go on to say that he wasn’t on the white or black man’s side—instead, he was on “God’s side.”

5. His Death

His Death

Marley battled skin cancer for four years before he passed away on May 11, 1981 in Miami. He was 36 years old.

6. Recognition


Before dying, he was awarded the United Nations Peace Medal of the Third World in 1978.

7. One Love

One Love

Marley’s classic hit “One Love” was named Song of the Millennium by the BBC.

8. The Rockstar

The Rockstar

Marley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 1994.