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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Marley, Robert Nesta Marley, Bob Marleynoun

    Jamaican singer who popularized reggae (1945-1981)


  1. Marley

    Robert Nesta Marley (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981; baptised in 1980 as Berhane Selassie) was a Jamaican singer, musician, and songwriter. Considered one of the pioneers of reggae, his musical career was marked by fusing elements of reggae, ska, and rocksteady, as well as his distinctive vocal and songwriting style. Marley's contributions to music increased the visibility of Jamaican music worldwide, and made him a global figure in popular culture to this day. Over the course of his career, Marley became known as a Rastafari icon, and he infused his music with a sense of spirituality. He is also considered a global symbol of Jamaican music and culture and identity, and was controversial in his outspoken support for democratic social reforms. In 1976, Marley survived an assassination attempt in his home, which was thought to be politically motivated. He also supported legalisation of marijuana, and advocated for Pan-Africanism.Born in Nine Mile, Jamaica, Marley began his professional musical career in 1963, after forming the Teenagers with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, which after several name changes would become the Wailers. The group released its debut studio album The Wailing Wailers in 1965, which contained the single "One Love", a reworking of "People Get Ready"; the song was popular worldwide, and established the group as a rising figure in reggae. The Wailers released a further eleven studio albums, and after signing to Island Records the band's name became Bob Marley and the Wailers. While initially employing louder instrumentation and singing, the group began engaging in rhythmic-based song construction in the late 1960s and early 1970s, which coincided with Marley's conversion to Rastafari. Around this time, Marley relocated to London, and the group embodied their musical shift with the release of the album The Best of The Wailers (1971).The group started to gain international attention after signing to Island, and touring in support of the albums Catch a Fire and Burnin' (both 1973). Following the disbandment of the Wailers a year later, Marley carried on under the band's name. The album Natty Dread (1974) received positive reception. In 1975, following the global popularity of Eric Clapton's version of Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff", Marley had his international breakthrough with his first hit outside Jamaica, with a live version of "No Woman, No Cry", from the Live! album. This was followed by his breakthrough album in the United States, Rastaman Vibration (1976), which reached the Top 50 of the Billboard Soul Charts. A few months after the album's release Marley survived an assassination attempt at his home in Jamaica, which prompted him to permanently relocate to London. During his time in London he recorded the album Exodus (1977); it incorporated elements of blues, soul, and British rock and enjoyed widespread commercial and critical success. In 1977, Marley was diagnosed with acral lentiginous melanoma; he died as a result of the illness in 1981, shortly after baptism into the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. His fans around the world expressed their grief, and he received a state funeral in Jamaica. The greatest hits album Legend was released in 1984, and became the best-selling reggae album of all time. Marley also ranks as one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with estimated sales of more than 75 million records worldwide. He was posthumously honoured by Jamaica soon after his death with a designated Order of Merit by his nation. In 1994, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone ranked him No. 11 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. His other achievements include a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and induction into the Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame.


  1. marley

    Marley has different meanings depending on the context: 1. A type of floor covering, specifically used in theatres or studios for dance performances. It is usually portable and made of vinyl. 2. It is also a well-known surname. The most famous person with this surname is Bob Marley, a Jamaican singer and songwriter known for popularizing reggae music. 3. In construction, marley tiles refer to a type of lightweight roof tile made from bituminous materials. 4. It can also refer to Marley twist, a type of hairstyle that uses Marley braid hair to create a twisted or braided look. 5. In literature, it could refer to Jacob Marley, a fictional character in Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." 6. Some people also use this as a popular name for their pets.


  1. Marley

    Marley is a hamlet in the civil parish of Harrietsham that, in turn, forms part of the district of Maidstone in the English county of Kent.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Marley is ranked #5591 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Marley surname appeared 6,220 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Marley.

    87.2% or 5,428 total occurrences were White.
    6.6% or 414 total occurrences were Black.
    2.7% or 169 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 132 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 45 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 32 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Marley in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Marley in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Marley in a Sentence

  1. Francis Ford Coppola:

    Robert Evans had strong instincts as evidenced by the long list of great films in Robert Evans career, when I worked with Bob, some of his helpful ideas included suggesting John Marley as Woltz and Sterling Hayden as the Police Captain, and John Marley as Woltz ultimate realization that' The Godfather' could be 2 hours and 45 minutes in length ; also, making a movie out of' The Cotton Club' — casting Richard Gere and Gregory Hines, and bringing Milena Canonero, George Faison, Richard Sylbert, and many other talented people to work on the film. May The Kid always stay in the picture.


    my mentoring with bob marley was both detailed and expansive. he was willing to learn, so I showed him a lot- the reasoning-yu a go tired fi si mi face, you kaan get mi outta di race- was one of many prophetic reggae and rastafari vision which he put in a song. today, his face is everywhere. I am ras cardo who created reggae and the music in my 1962 back yard. I own the copyrights for reggae creation and others.library of congress has the proof.


    ziggy marley got the name- ziggy- from the way I used to kick the soccer ball and make it spin in mid air in a curviliner fashion. I was the one who showed his father- bob marley- how this was done. I can show anyone how this is done to prove my point. bob was fascinated by a lot of things I taught him. he was very curious.

  4. Pat Egan:

    Bob Marley didn't want the fans to be overcharged. Bob Marley was concerned. Bob Marley didn't want the fans to be overpaying so Bob Marley agreed to a lesser fee.

  5. Danny Sims:

    John Nash loved reggae, and John Nash loved Bob Marley and the guys. John Nash taught Bob Marley how to sing on the mic, and they taught John Nash how to play the reggae rhythm.

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