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Rita Marley

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Best known seeing that Bob Marley’s wife, Rita Marley was also a single designer in her personal ideal both before and after her relationship, and served because the caretaker of her husband’s legacy following his premature loss of life in 1981. Given birth to Alpharita Anderson in Cuba, she was raised largely within the Trenchtown portion of Kingston, and initial sang with a lady ska trio known as the Soulettes. The Soulettes started documenting for Clement “Coxsone” Dodd’s Studio room One label in 1964, and Dodd asked his rising young superstar Bob Marley to coach them; Marley and Anderson dropped in like and wedded in 1966. Rita documented with two different Soulettes lineups within the middle-’60s, cut several hit single singles of her personal (including “Pied Piper”), and supported the Wailers on a few of their ’60s recordings. When Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer remaining the Wailers in 1974, Rita helped organize the I-Threes, a lady vocal trio comprising herself, Marcia Griffiths, and Judy Mowatt. The I-Threes supported Bob Marley within the studio room and on tour for the rest of his profession, until his loss of life from melanoma in 1981. Throughout that period, both Marleys narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in 1976, where one bullet grazed Rita’s mind and another strike Bob’s arm. In 1981, mainly because Bob succumbed to malignancy, Rita documented the solo recording Who Feels It Understands It. A religious, life-affirming declaration, the album highlighted a lighthearted strike one in “One Pull,” a blatantly pro-marijuana lesson in correct smoking technique. Prohibited with the BBC, “One Pull” became the very first reggae one to best Billboard’s disco singles graph, which was utilized to monitor dance-club play at that time. Another one, “Play Play,” acquired a way of measuring success within the U.K. Nevertheless, Marley discovered it tough to pursue a full-time documenting profession; she spent a lot of the ’80s managing the assorted legal and business passions connected with her husband’s name and property, and in addition mentored her children’s musical opportunity, Ziggy Marley & the Melody Manufacturers. She finally came back to solo documenting with 1988’s Harambe (Functioning Together for Independence), and adopted it in 1991 with WE SHOULD KEEP ON, which garnered a Grammy nomination. Both albums continuing her knack for danceable, rootsy reggae with religious messages along with a certain feeling of fun. Marley finally came back with a fresh recording, Rita Marley Sings Bob Marley…and Close friends, in 2003.

Quick Facts


Full Name Rita Marley
Date Of Birth July 25, 1946
Profession Singer
Nationality Jamaican, Cuban
Spouse Bob Marley
Children Ziggy Marley, Cedella Marley, Sharon Marley, Stephen Marley, Stephanie Marley, Serita Stewart
Parents Leroy Anderson, Cynthia "Beda" Jarrett
Music Groups Bob Marley, The Wailers
Music Songs Three Little Birds, Is This Love, Could You Be Loved, Jamming, Redemption Song, Waiting In Vain, Coming In from the Cold, One Draw, Lively Up Yourself, Positive Vibration, Misty Morning, So Much Trouble In The World, Easy Skanking, Who the Cap Fit, Pimper's Paradise, Bad Card, Punky Reggae Party, Zion Train, Forever Loving Jah, Satisfy My Soul, So Much Things to Say, No Woman, No Cry, Exodus, Trenchtown Rock, Running Away, Africa Unite, Guiltiness, One Drop, Them Belly Full, The Heathen, Crazy Baldhead, Bend Down Low
Albums We Must Carry On, Kaya, Uprising, Rastaman Vibration, Natty Dread, Ganja Gun, Babylon by Bus, Exodus, Live!, Survival, Bob Marley & Peter Tosh, Rasta Revolution, Chances Are, Who Feels It Knows It, Sings Bob Marley... And Friends, Play Play, Harambe, One Draw


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#Fact
1 Has 6 children: a daughter Sharon Marley Prendergast (b.November 23, 1964), a daughter Cedella Marley (b.August 23, 1967), a son David Nesta Marley (aka Ziggy Marley, b.October 17, 1968), a son Stephen Robert Nesta Marley (aka Stephen Marley, b.April 20, 1972), a daughter Stephanie (b.August 17, 1974) and another daughter Serita Stewart (b.August 11, 1985). She gave birth to Cedella, David and Stephen from her late husband Bob Marley; he also adopted 2 wife's children from previous relationships - Sharon and Stephanie; gave birth to her daughter Serita after husband's death.
2 Is of African descent.
3 Singer.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Marley 2012 Documentary writer: "Natty Dread", "Crazy Baldhead"
The Social Network 2010 writer: "Crazy Baldhead"
Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Video Game writer: "Rat Race"
Africa Unite: A Celebration of Bob Marley's 60th Birthday 2008 Documentary performer: "He's a Legend" / writer: "So Jah Seh"
How High 2001 performer: "One Draw" / writer: "One Draw"
The Eternal 1998 writer: "Johnny Was"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Africa Unite: A Celebration of Bob Marley's 60th Birthday 2008 Documentary executive producer

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Mighty Quinn 1989 Wedding Singers and Band

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Mighty Quinn 1989 reggae music consultant

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Reggae Movie 1995 Documentary special thanks
Caribbean Nights: The Bob Marley Story 1982 Documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dreadtown Documentary post-production Herself
Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess 2015 TV Movie documentary Herself
OnePeople: The Celebration 2012 Documentary Matriach of Marley Family
Marley 2012 Documentary Herself
Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae 2009 Documentary
Africa Unite: A Celebration of Bob Marley's 60th Birthday 2008 Documentary Herself
Impact: Songs That Changed the World 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Bob Marley: The Legend Live 2003 Video documentary Herself - The I-Threes
Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music 2002 TV Series documentary Herself
The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards 2001 TV Special Herself
American Masters 2000 TV Series documentary Herself
One Love: The Bob Marley All-Star Tribute 1999 TV Movie documentary Herself - Performer
Classic Albums: Bob Marley & the Wailers - Catch a Fire 1999 Video documentary
Extra Rosa 1998 TV Series Herself
Marley Magic 1996 Video documentary Herself
Zona franca 1995 TV Series Herself
Taratata 1995 TV Series Herself
Children of Africa 1993 TV Special Herself
Late Night with David Letterman 1986-1991 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest / Herself
A Reggae Session 1988 TV Movie Herself
Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Bob Marley Story 1984 Documentary Herself
In Our Hands 1984 Documentary Herself
Cool Runnings: The Reggae Movie 1983 Herself
Caribbean Nights: The Bob Marley Story 1982 Documentary Herself

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