Bob Marley

On May 11, 1981, Bob Marley passes away from terminal cancer in Miami, FLA. Born February 6, 1945, in St. Ann Parish, Jamaica, Marley and his friends formed the Wailing Wailers 1963; their big break came in 1972 when they landed a contract with Island Records. Marley went on to sell more than 20 million records throughout his career, making him the first international superstar to emerge from the so-called Third World.

Surviving youthful adventure, life on the road and in the air, an assassination attempt and the front stages of cancer, Marley lived multiple lifetimes in his 36 years. Shortly before his death, Marley received the Order of Merit from the Jamaican government; he had also been awarded the Medal of Peace from the United Nations in 1980. Adored by the people of Jamaica, Marley was given a hero’s send-off.

More than 30,000 people paid their respects to the musician during his memorial service, held at the National Arena in Kingston, Jamaica. Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt sang and the Wailers performed at the joyfully sad celebration of Marley’s life and art.

Primary Wave Publishing founder Larry Mestel, who now owns the Marley catalog, has proclaimed “There isn’t a crevice of the world where Bob Marley isn’t a god.”

Author: Bill Urich

A tail-end baby-boomer, Bill Urich was born in Cleveland to a grade school teacher and her Navy vet husband, and reared in Greater Detroit. Working his way through school primarily at night, Mr. Urich holds a Bachelor’s in Journalism, Phi Beta Kappa, and a Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University. In his legal career he has acted as an assistant state prosecutor, city attorney, special prosecutor, mediator, magistrate, private practitioner and mayor of Royal Oak, a large home-rule city in Michigan. Mr. Urich continues in private practice and municipal prosecution, is on faculty to DePaul University, pens regular contributions to political publications, and remains active in selected campaigns and causes related to labor, social and criminal justice. A father of three mostly-grown sons, he spends his precious free time on family, friends, the pursuit of happiness, beauty and truth, three rescue cats, and fronting the rock band Calcutta Rugs from behind the drum kit.