Many of us are familiar with Bob Marley’s famous songs and even know the lyrics by heart. But there is so much more to this renowned musician beyond his international rock ‘n’ roll stardom. Although he died at the young age of 36, Marley’s music and his message have lived on.
Here are seven interesting facts you may not know about this reggae icon.
1. The Name His Mother Gave Him
The man the world came to know as Bob Marley was actually born Nesta Robert Marley in St. Ann Parish, Jamaica, in 1945. According to Clash Music, his first and middle name were switched after people pointed out that “Nesta” seemed like a girl’s name.
Marley also earned the nickname “Tuff Gong” as a teenager for the toughness he showed growing up in Kingston’s Trench Town. He later called his record label Tuff Gong, which is now part of Island Records.