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In the year 1944, Captain Norval Marley married a young Jamaican girl named Cedalla Booker. On February 6, 1945, at two-thirty in the morning, their son, Robert Nesta Marley was born in his grandfather's house. Soon after Bob was born, his father left his mother. He did however, give financial support and occasionally return to see his son. It was now the late fifties. Jobs were scarce in Jamaica, so Bob followed his mother from their home in St. Ann to Trenchtown (West Kingston) to seek employment in the big city. Trenchtown got it's name because it was built over a ditch which drained the sewage of old Kingston. In Trenchtown, Bob spent a lot of his time with his good friend Neville Livingstone, whom people called by his nickname, \"Bunny\". Also in the big city Bob was more exposed to the music which he had loved, including such greats as Fats Domino and Ray Charles. Bob and Bunny attended a music class together, which was held by the famous Jamaican singer, Joe Higgs. In that class, they met Peter Macintosh and soon became good friends. In the meantime, Jamaican music evolved and became very popular throughout the Caribbean, due to it's invention of Ska music. When Bob was 16, he started to follow his dream of becoming a musician. Music, to many young Jamaicans, was an escape from the harshness of everyday life. Jimmy Cliff, at the age of 14, had already recorded a couple of hits. After meeting Bob, Jimmy introduced him to Leslie Kong, a local record producer. Bob followed his advice and auditioned for Leslie Kong. Bob's musical talents shone much brighter than anyone else's that day and he found himself in the studio recording his first single, \"Judge Not\". Unfortunately, neither \"Judge Not\", nor his 1962 single, \"One more cup of Coffee\" did very well. Bob soon left Kong after she failed to give him his pay. The following year Bob, Bunny and some other friends formed the \"Wailing Wailers\". They didn't get off to a great start. After just a couple recording sessions, two members, Cherry and Junior Braithwait left the band. The band continued on and was introduced to Clemet Dodd, a producer of the record company Coxsone. It was here where the Wailing Wailers recorded their first song \"Simmer Down\", which did quite well in Jamaica. To help with the recording of their songs, the studio provided several talented Ska musicians. The Wailing Wailers consisting now of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, were starting to become quite popular locally. Their audiences rapidly grew and they recorded several more songs on the Coxsone label which included, \"It Hurts to be Alone\" and \"Rule the Roadie\". Bob soon took on the role of the leader, being the main songwriter. Bob's life continued to look more promising, when on February 10, 1966 Bob Marley married girlfriend Rita Anderson. The next day, Bob left for the United States to visit his mother who lived in Delaware. While in the US, he worked to better finance his music. When Bob Marley returned, the Wailing Wailers' music evolved from Ska to Rock Steady. This evolution conflicted with Coxsone, who wanted a Ska band, so the newly Wailing Wailers left Coxsone to form and renamed themselves the Wailers. Instead of looking around for a new label, the Wailers decided to form their own, which they called \"Wail 'N' Soul\". This coincided with the birth of the Marley's first born, whom they named Cedalla. They released a couple singles on their label, such as \"Bend Down Low\" and \"Mellow Mood\" before it folded the very same year. The ending of their label affected the band greatly. It wasn't until they met Lee Perry that they got back on track. With Perry's help, the Wailers produced such great tracks as \"Duppy Conquerer\", \"Soul Rebel\", \"400 Years\" and \"Small Axe\".
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