Bob Marley Guitar Chords

Bob Marley

Biography

Reggae's most transcendent and iconic figure, Bob Marley was the first Jamaican artist to achieve international superstardom, in the process introducing the music of his native island nation to the far-flung corners of the globe. Marley's music gave voice to the day-to-day struggles of the Jamaican experience, vividly capturing not only the plight of the country's impoverished and oppressed but also the devout spirituality that remains their source of strength. His songs of faith, devotion, and revolution created a legacy that continues to live on not only through the music of his extended family but also through generations of artists the world over touched by his genius.

Robert Nesta Marley was born February 6, 1945, in rural St. Ann's Parish, Jamaica; the son of a middle-aged white father and teenaged black mother, he left home at 14 to pursue a music career in Kingston, becoming a pupil of local singer and devout Rastafarian Joe Higgs. He cut his first single, "Judge Not," in 1962 for Leslie Kong, severing ties with the famed producer soon after over a monetary dispute. In 1963 Marley teamed with fellow singers Peter Tosh, Bunny Livingston, Junior Braithwaite, Beverly Kelso, and Cherry Smith to form the vocal group the Teenagers; later rechristened the Wailing Rudeboys and later simply the Wailers, they signed on with producer Coxsone Dodd's legendary Studio One and recorded their debut, "I'm Still Waiting." When Braithwaite and Smith exited the Wailers, Marley assumed lead vocal duties, and in early 1964 the group's follow-up, "Simmer Down," topped the Jamaican charts. A series of singles including "Let Him Go (Rude Boy Get Gail)," "Dancing Shoes," "Jerk in Time," "Who Feels It Knows It," and "What Am I to Do" followed, and in all, the Wailers recorded some 70 tracks for Dodd before disbanding in 1966. On February 10 of that year, Marley married Rita Anderson, a singer in the group the Soulettes; she later enjoyed success as a member of the vocal trio the I-Threes. Marley then spent the better part of the year working in a factory in Newark, Delaware, the home of his mother since 1963.

Upon returning to Jamaica that October, Marley re-formed the Wailers with Livingston and Tosh, releasing "Bend Down Low" on their own short-lived Wail 'N' Soul 'M label; at this time all three members began devoting themselves to the teachings of the Rastafari faith, a cornerstone of Marley's life and music until his death. Beginning in 1968, the Wailers recorded a wealth of new material for producer Danny Sims before teaming the following year with producer Lee "Scratch" Perry; backed by Perry's house band, the Upsetters, the trio cut a number of classics, including "My Cup," "Duppy Conqueror," "Soul Almighty," and "Small Axe," which fused powerful vocals, ingenious rhythms, and visionary production to lay the groundwork for much of the Jamaican music in their wake. Upsetters bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett and his drummer brother Carlton soon joined the Wailers full-time, and in 1971 the group founded another independent label, Tuff Gong, releasing a handful of singles before signing to Chris Blackwell's Island Records a year later.

Catch a Fire, the Wailers' Island debut released in 1973, was the first of their albums released outside of Jamaica, and immediately earned worldwide acclaim; the follow-up, Burnin', launched the track "I Shot the Sheriff," a Top Ten hit for Eric Clapton in 1974. With the Wailers poised for stardom, however, both Livingston and Tosh quit the group to pursue solo careers; Marley then brought in the I-Threes, which in addition to Rita Marley consisted of singers Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt. The new lineup proceeded to tour the world prior to releasing their 1975 breakthrough album, Natty Dread, scoring their first U.K. Top 40 hit with the classic "No Woman, No Cry." Sold-out shows at the London Lyceum, where Marley played to racially mixed crowds, yielded the superb Live! later that year, and with the success of 1976's Rastaman Vibration, which hit the Top Ten in the U.S., it became increasingly clear that his music had carved its own niche within the pop mainstream.

As great as Marley's fame had grown outside of Jamaica, at home he was viewed as a figure of almost mystical proportions, a poet and prophet whose every word had the nation's collective ear. His power was perceived as a threat in some quarters, and on December 3, 1976, he was wounded in an assassination attempt; the ordeal forced Marley to leave Jamaica for over a year. Released in 1977, Exodus was his biggest record to date, generating the hits "Jamming," "Waiting in Vain," and "One Love/People Get Ready"; Kaya was another smash, highlighted by the gorgeous "Is This Love" and "Satisfy My Soul." Another classic live date, Babylon by Bus, preceded the release of 1979's Survival. Kicked off by a concert in the newly liberated Zimbabwe, 1980 loomed as Marley's biggest year yet; a tour of the U.S. was announced, but he collapsed while jogging in New York's Central Park, and it was discovered he suffered from cancer that had spread to his brain, lungs, and liver. Uprising was the final album released in Marley's lifetime -- he died May 11, 1981, at age 36.

Posthumous efforts including 1983's Confrontation, the best-selling 1984 retrospective Legend, and the 2012 documentary Marley kept the man's music alive, and his renown continued to grow in the years following his death -- even decades after the fact, he remains synonymous with reggae's worldwide popularity. In the wake of her husband's passing, Rita Marley scored a solo hit with "One Draw," but despite the subsequent success of singles "Many Are Called" and "Play Play," she had largely withdrawn from performing by the mid-'80s to focus on raising her children. Oldest son David, better known as Ziggy, went on to score considerable pop success as the leader of the Melody Makers, a Marley family group comprising siblings Cedella, Stephen, and Sharon; their 1988 single "Tomorrow People" was a Top 40 U.S. hit, a feat even Bob himself never accomplished. Damian Marley, Bob's youngest son, embraced a musical style that integrated reggae, R&B, and hip-hop, and in 2005 he scored a major hit with the single "Welcome to Jamrock." Damian has also collaborated with the likes of Mariah Carey, Bruno Mars, and Sean Paul. Ky-Mani Marley, whose music also fuses elements of reggae and hip-hop, made his international breakthrough with the 2000 album The Journey and the single "Gotta Be Movin' on Up," a collaboration with the conscious hip-hop duo P.M. Dawn. And Damian and Ziggy's half brother Julian Marley (he grew up in England with his mother, Lucy Pounder) released his debut album, Lion in the Morning, in 1996, going on to earn a Grammy nomination for 2009's Awake. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
Genres: reggae, roots reggae

Guitar Chords:

400 Years
Acoustic Medley
African Herbsman
African Herbsman (ver. 2)
Africa Unite
A Lalala Long
All Day And All Night
All In One
Am-A-Do
Ambush In The Night
Babylon System
Babylon System (ver. 2)
Baby Weve Got A Date
Back Out
Bad Card
Bend Down Low
Buffalo Soldier
Buffalo Soldier (ver. 2)
Buffalo Soldier (ver. 3)
Buffalo Soldier (ver. 4)
Buffalo Soldier (ver. 5)
Burnin And Lootin
Burnin And Lootin (ver. 2)
Butterfly
Caution
Chances Are
Chant Down Babylon
Coming In From The Cold
Coming In From The Cold (ver. 2)
Concrete Jungle
Concrete Jungle (ver. 2)
Cornerstone
Could You Be Loved
Crazy Baldheads
Crisis
Cry To Me
Dewdrops
Do It Twice
Do It Twice (ver. 2)
Dont Rock My Boat
Dont Worry About A Thing
Duppy Conqueror
Easy Skanking
Easy Skanking (ver. 2)
Exodus
Forever Loving Jah
Forever Loving Jah (ver. 2)
Ganja Gun
Get Up Stand Up
Give Thanks And Praises
Guava Jelly
Guava Jelly (ver. 2)
Guiltiness
Hallelujah Time
Hammer
High Tide Or Low Tide
High Tide Or Low Tide (ver. 2)
How Many Times
Hurting Inside
I Know
I Know A Place
I Know A Place (ver. 2)
I Know A Place (ver. 3)
Im Hurting Inside
Im Still Waiting
Iron Lion Zion
I Shot The Sheriff
I Shot The Sheriff (ver. 2)
I Shot The Sheriff (ver. 3)
I Shot The Sheriff (ver. 4)
I Shot The Sheriff (ver. 5)
Is This Love
Is This Love (ver. 2)
Is This Love (ver. 3)
Is This Love (ver. 4)
Jah Live
Jah Live (ver. 2)
Jammin
Jammin (ver. 2)
Jammin (ver. 3)
Jammin (ver. 4)
Jamming
Johnny Was
Johnny Was (ver. 2)
Judge Not
Judge Not (ver. 2)
Judge Not (ver. 3)
Judge Not (ver. 4)
Kaya
Keep On Moving
Keep On Moving (ver. 2)
Keep On Moving (ver. 3)
Kinky Reggae
Lick Samba
Looking In Your Big Brown Eyes
Mellow Mood
Mellow Mood (ver. 2)
Midnight Ravers
Misty Morning
Misty Morning (ver. 2)
Mix Up Mix Up
Mr Brown
Natty Dread
Natural Mystic
Natural Mystic (ver. 2)
Nice Time
Nice Time (ver. 2)
Night Shift
No More Trouble
No Woman No Cry
No Woman No Cry (ver. 2)
No Woman No Cry (ver. 3)
One Cup Of Coffee
One Cup Of Coffee (ver. 2)
One Drop
One Drop (ver. 2)
One Drop (ver. 3)
One Foundation
One Love People Get Ready
One Love People Get Ready (ver. 2)
One Love People Get Ready (ver. 3)
One Love People Get Ready (ver. 4)
Pass It On
Pimpers Paradise
Positive Vibration
Punky Reggae Party
Put It On
Rastaman Live Up
Rastaman Vibration
Rat Race
Real Situation
Rebel Music
Rebel Music (ver. 2)
Redemption Song
Redemption Song (ver. 2)
Redemption Song (ver. 3)
Redemption Song (ver. 4)
Redemption Song (ver. 5)
Redemption Song (ver. 6)
Redemption Song (ver. 7)
Red Red Wine
Revolution
Revolution (ver. 2)
Ride Natty Ride
Ride Natty Ride (ver. 2)
Rivers Of Babylon
Rock To The Rock
Roots Rock Reggae
Roots Rock Reggae (ver. 2)
Satisfy My Soul
Satisfy My Soul (ver. 2)
Satisfy My Soul (ver. 3)
Screwface
Selassie Is The Chapel
Shes Gone
Shes Gone (ver. 2)
Simmer Down
Slave Driver
Slogans
Small Axe
Smile Jamaica
So Jah Seh
So Much Things To Say
So Much Trouble In The World
Soul Captives
Soul Captives (ver. 2)
Soul Rebel
Soul Rebel (ver. 2)
Soul Rebel (ver. 3)
Soul Shake Down Party
Stand Alone
Stiff Necked Fools
Stir It Up
Stop That Train
Sun Is Shining
Sun Is Shining (ver. 2)
Survival
Talkin Blues
Talkin Blues (ver. 2)
Thank You Lord
Thank You Lord (ver. 2)
The Heathen
There She Goes
There She Goes (ver. 2)
They Set You Up My Son
This Train
This Train (ver. 2)
Three Little Birds
Three Little Birds (ver. 2)
Three Little Birds (ver. 3)
Three Little Birds (ver. 4)
Three Little Birds (ver. 5)
Time Will Tell
Top Rankin
Trenchtown Rock
Turn Your Lights Down Low
Turn Your Lights Down Low (ver. 2)
Turn Your Lights Down Low (ver. 3)
Turn Your Lights Down Low (ver. 4)
Waiting In Vain
Waiting In Vain (ver. 2)
Waiting In Vain (ver. 3)
Want More
War
We And Dem
Who Colt The Game
Whos The Cap Fit
Work
Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe (ver. 2)
Zion Train