Monday, April 6, 2009

Music Monday-Bob Marley "No Woman No Cry"

Last week, my choice for Music Monday was Eric Clapton and "Layla." As Clapton got me hooked on traditional blues, he also introduced me to the music of Nesta Robert Marley with his version of "I Shot the Sheriff."

Marley brought reggae out of Jamaica and developed a world wide following. His greatest hits collection "Legend" remains the best selling reggae album of all time, having sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

Sadly, Marley left the world too soon, passing away from cancer at the age of 36. More sadly, his death could have been avoided were it not for Marley's Rastafarian religious beliefs. He developed cancer from an infected wound in his toe from playing soccer. Had he undergone amputation surgery, the cancer would not have spread to brain and other organs.

Timothy White wrote one of the best and most complete biographies of Bob Marley. I highly recommend his book "Catch A Fire: The Life of Bob Marley" to anyone who wants to learn more about the life of Bob Marley.

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