Trivia: Bob Marley

  • Executive Meddling: A good example. Chris Blackwell, head of Island Records, suggested Bob included the acoustic version of "Redemption Song" on Uprising instead of the band version. This ended up making the song feel much more poignant, and to be seen as a fitting "goodbye" song. It also made it a stand out track on the album, leading to its release as a single, something which probably wouldn't have happened if the band version had been included.
  • The Face Of The Band: After Natty Dread, Bob became increasingly marketed as the star of his own band. This was one of the reasons why Peter Tosh eventually left and started a solo career.
  • Missing Episode: Numerous examples:
    • "Terror", from 1962. Intended to be the B Side of "One Cup Of Coffee", but the tape was lost and has still not appeared after 50 years.
    • "Sophisticated Psychedelication", from 1970. A Best Of The Wailers outtake that never came out.
    • "Lick It Back", from 1970. A self-pressed single that Bob never sold, but only gave copies of to friends. Extracts from it are circulating. The same goes for an early version of "High Tide Or Low Tide" from 1968, except that there aren't any extracts from this.
    • The 1968 recording of "Rock It Baby", which supposedly lies in the vaults somewhere.
    • The 1968 recordings of "Soul Shakedown Party" and "Soul Almighty", whose lyrics and tunes are supposedly quite different.
    • The 1968 recording "You Think I Have No Feelings", the vocals from which were used for a remix in the mid 90s, but the original version has never been released.
    • The 1968 recording of "One Love", that is listed on the tape titled Morely. All the other tracks from that have been released. It is not to be confused with the track "One Love, True Love", which is a demo.
    • The 1968 recordings of "It Hurts To Be Alone", "I'm Still Waiting", and "Lonesome Feelings", without the overdubs made in the 1980s.
    • Early versions of "She's Gone", the song itself dating back to 1972.
  • No Hit Wonder: In the United States, that is. His only song to make the Billboard Hot 100 was "Roots, Rock, Reggae", and it only climbed up to #51. Compare that to the UK where he had eight Top 10 hits.
  • What Could Have Been: At one time he was considered for nomination as Jamaica's eighth National Hero. The idea was shot down very quickly.
    • These days he would easily win this place. He is the reason the general public has heard of Jamaica, and tourism off his image has stimulated the economy, which previously relied mainly on sugar and moderate amounts of tourism.
  • Working Title: It was common for a song to be titled one way on a single, then changed for the inclusion of the song on an album. "Baby Baby I've Got A Date" was "Rock It Babe", "Burnin' And Lootin'" was "Curfew", "Rastaman Chant" was "Chant I", "Rebel Music (3 O Clock Road Block)" was "Road Block". Bob used to continue to refer to these songs live under those names.