When Bob Marley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone magazine had this to say:
“Bob Marley was the Third World’s first pop superstar. He was the man who introduced the world to the mystic power of reggae. He was a true rocker at heart, and as a songwriter, he brought the lyrical force of Bob Dylan, the personal charisma of John Lennon, and the essential vocal stylings of Smokey Robinson into one voice.”
Indeed, Marley’s musical legacy defies superlatives. Genealogically, Marley was also prolific. He is officially acknowledged to have 11 children, but it is possible that he fathered others. Many of his kids are also famous reggae superstars, and others are carrying on his humanitarian ideals.
As we celebrate 50 years of Jamaican independence, CBC Music examines the family tree of the “first family” of reggae.
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