May 11th, 2011

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Bob Marley

Today is 30 years since the great Bob Marley died.  It was a great tragedy that such a genius should have been taken from us when he was at the height of his powers.

I never saw him in concert, which of course is something I really regret.  I remember the first tour they did in the early 1970s (and their brilliant performance on BBC2), but there were other bands that I’d planned to see at the time.  I did buy the records though, and they are some of my favourites.  His songs touch me at an emotional level that few artists do  - particularly songs such as ‘No woman no cy’, but even more son ‘Redemption song’.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFGgbT_VasI

 

There is this myth that Eric Clapton made reggae popular in the UK by covering “I shot the sheriff”, which is total nonsense.  Actually it was the non-reggae artists that caught on to the growing popularity of reggae.  I saw dozens of band in the early 1970s, and I would say that about half of them had a token reggae song.  Bob Marley’s version of ‘I shot the sheriff’ is the definitive version – end of story

 

The music will live on , even though the maestro is no longer with us.  It deserves to.


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