Bob Marley biography



The prophet of Reggae music!

Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, guitarist, and activist.

Marley is the most widely known performer of reggae music and is regarded by many as a prophet of not just reggae, but also the Rastafarian religion.

Few artists have had such widespread recognition as Bob Marley. Between ’73, the year of his first major tour, and ’81, when he sadly passed away due to cancer, Bob became one of our time’s most recognized performers.

Since Marley’s death, his legacy has continued to escalate as he has been inducted into many Hall of Fame and received numerous cultural awards including Greatest Album Of The Century for Exodus (Time Magazine).

Bob Marley’s classics include Could You be Loved, Jamming, One Love, Kaya, Buffalo Soldier, No Woman No Cry, Redemption Song, Stir It Up, Waiting In Vain, Is This Love, Three Little Birds, I Shot The Sheriff, and Get Up, Stand Up.

In October 2021, Get Up, Stand Up! – The Bob Marley Musical, was set up in London’s West End. The U.K’s answer to New York’s Broadway.

Written by Lee Hall (Billie Elliot, Rocketman) and of course music by Bob Marley, it has received rave reviews and is clearly destined for great success.


Could You Be Loved

Clearly, Could You Be Loved has lived up to its own title as it is one of the most loved songs in the world.

This is one of Bob Marley’s best-known hits. Released in 1980 on the album Uprising, the final album Bob and his Wailers recorded and released during his lifetime, it was the leading single and had instant success worldwide.

One more notable single came off this album in Redemption Song.


I Shot The Sheriff

Released in 1973 on the album Burnin’ and also as a single, I Shot The Sheriff is one of Bob Marley and The Wailers’ signature songs.

Originally, Bob wanted to say “I shot the Police” but to avoid “fuzz from the government”, he decided that using sheriff would still get the message across.

Only a year after the original release, Eric Clapton released a cover version on his sensational album 461 Ocean Boulevard. This clearly helped to spread the song and must have introduced Marley to a wider audience as Clapton at this time was known worldwide.

Clapton’s version chartered better than the original, reaching the number one spot in the U.S. To this day making it Eric Clapton’s only U.S #1.

Apparently, Bob once came over to Eric’s house. After he’d left, a note was found on the fridge door saying: I Shot The Sheriff, with the I being underlined.


One Love

One Love is a song that Bob recorded a few times.

The best-known version is found on the unbelievable album Exodus, linked with People Get Ready, a Curtis Mayfield cover.

In 1999, The Times magazine ranked the album #1 on their list of best albums of the 21st century. Many musicians and artists probably agree and credit Exodus as one of the best albums ever made.


When Marley wrote Redemption Song he was terminally ill

Redemption Song is a song by Bob Marley from the album Uprising.

The original and most famous recording of Redemption Song was performed on just one acoustic guitar. However, there are other versions, both live and in the studio, with and without a band. When Uprising was re-released in ’01, the full band version was featured as well as the original acoustic take.

When he wrote Redemption Song in ’79, he already knew about his cancer and was dealing with his mortality. How much this affected the meaning of the song might be dangerous water to explore but there is usually a strong connection between timeless songs and great loss.

The lyrics have a connection with a speech by Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr, an African journalist, black nationalist, and a main figure in the Rastafarian movement. Garvey and Marley shared an interest in fighting issues such as slavery, colonialism, and racism.

Pan-Africanism has hundreds of years of oppression behind it. Redemption Song speaks about this.

Seen as one of the ultimate campfire songs, Redemption Song can only be compared to other acoustic guitar masterpieces such as Wish You Were Here and Blowin’ In The Wind.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked Redemption Song #66 on their list of 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.


Three Little Birds

On what can only be described as the best B-side to an album ever recorded, we find Three Little Birds as the second to last song.

The 1977 Exodus B-side has the following tracks: Jamming, Waiting In Vain, Turn Your Lights Down Low, Three Little Birds, and One Love/People Get Ready.

Exodus propelled Bob Marley to superstardom and made him one of our time’s best-loved songwriters and singers.

The seemingly simple chords of Three Little Birds make this song sound as if it has always been around. It always will be, that’s for sure!


Could You Be Loved – Chords

D | Bm | G | D |
Could you be loved, and be loved?
D | Bm | G | D |
Could you be loved, and be loved?

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I Shot The Sheriff – Chords

Gm | Cm Cm7 Cm Cm7 | Gm7 Gm Gm7 Gm7 Gm Gm7 |
I shot the sheriff, but I didn’t shoot no deputy, oh no! Oh!
Gm | Cm Cm7 Cm Cm7 | Gm7 Gm Gm7 Gm7 Gm Gm7 |
I shot the sheriff, but I didn’t shoot no deputy, ooh, ooh, oo-ooh.

Go to I Shot The Sheriff chords.


I Shot The Sheriff – Lyrics + Live performance

I shot the sheriff,
but I didn’t shoot no deputy, oh no! Oh!
I shot the sheriff,
but I didn’t shoot no deputy, ooh, ooh, oo-ooh.

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One Love – Chords

Bb | F |
One love, one heart. 
Eb Bb | F Bb |
Let’s get together and feel all right.

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Redemption Song – Chords

G | Em | C G/B | Am |
Old pirates yes they rob I, sold I to the merchant ships.
G | Em | C G/B | Am |
Minutes after they took I, from the bottomless pit.

Go to Redemption Song chords.


Redemption Song – Lyrics + Official video

Old pirates yes they rob I,
sold I to the merchant ships.
Minutes after they took I,
from the bottomless pit.

Go to Redemption Song lyrics.


Three Little Birds – Chords

A | A | D | A |
Don’t worry, about a thing, ’cause every little thing is gonna be alright.
A | A | D | A |
Singing, don’t worry, about a thing, ’cause every little thing is gonna be alright.

Go to Three Little Birds chords.