As a devout Rasta, Marley partook in the ritual usage of ganja (marijuana).
Marriage and Religious Conversion: Marley married Rita Anderson in 1966, and spent a few months living in Delaware with his mother.
When Marley returned to Jamaica, he began practicing the Rastafarian faith, and began growing his signature dreadlocks.
As a young teen, he befriended Bunny Wailer, and they learned to play music together.
At 14, Marley dropped out of school to learn the welding trade, and spent his spare time jamming with Bunny Wailer and ska musician Joe Higgs.
Marley had 12 children, four by his wife Rita, and was a devout Rastafarian.
Early Life: Bob Marley's father died when he was 10 years old, and his mother moved with him to Kingston's Trenchtown neighborhood after his death.
Early Recordings and the Formation of the Wailers: Bob Marley recorded his first two singles in 1962, but neither garnered much interest at the time.
In 1963, he began a ska band with Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh that was originally called "The Teenagers." Later it became "The Wailing Rudeboys," then "The Wailing Wailers," and finally just "The Wailers." Their early Studio One hits, which were recorded in the popular rocksteady style, included "Simmer Down" (1964) and "Soul Rebel" (1965), both written by Marley.
By Megan Romer Quick Biography: Bob Marley was born Robert Nesta Marley on Feb. His father, Norval Sinclair Marley, was a white Englishman and his mother, Cedelia Booker, was a black Jamaican.
Bob Marley died of cancer in Miami, FL on May 11, 1981.
Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley continued to tour and record as "Bob Marley & the Wailers," though he was the only original Wailer in the group.