Back in the Day: Bob Marley dies in Miami

By | May 11th, 2011 | 7 Comments

Bob Marley died 30 years ago today in Miami at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, now University of Miami Hospital. I didn’t know this before today, and I wish I’d had more time to put together a post commemorating the great man’s life and all-too-early death from cancer at the age of 36. Miami tends to have Marley on the brain more than most cities because much of his surviving family lives here, because of the annual Marley Fest, and, well, because Miami loves its marijuana. But on this occasion let’s look through the cloud of smoke and pay deep homage to a man who, perhaps more than any other musician in the 20th century, epitomized an entire genre. (At least in pop culture, reggae rose and fell with Tuff Gong.)

To that end, here’s a track I’ve always loved. Feel free to suggest others as a comment and I’ll embed them in the post throughout the rest of today. As anyone who ever spent an evening on the back porch listening to him knows very well, Marley recorded more than enough beautiful music to fill a single day.

This one comes via Twitter from Miami chanteuse Rachel Goodrich. “Cold ground was my bed last night, and rock was my pillow . . . ”

This recommendation comes via Twitter from Miami rapper Black Bobby, who we interviewed back in November.

“It won’t be too long, whether I’m right or wrong . . .” via Robby Campbell

“My heart says ‘Follow through’ . . .” via Brett

“Smile with the rising sun . . .” via William

“Won’t you help to sing . . .” via Verdantsky

For a more in-depth commemoration of Bob Marley’s life and death, read this piece by Courtland Milloy from May 12, 1981, the day after he died.

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7 Comments on “Back in the Day: Bob Marley dies in Miami”

  1. 1 Robby Campbell said at 5:00 pm on May 11th, 2011:

    Stop That Train

  2. 2 Brett said at 5:06 pm on May 11th, 2011:

    Waiting in Vain ~ Robert Marley

  3. 3 William said at 5:19 pm on May 11th, 2011:

    Three Little Birds

  4. 4 Jordan Melnick said at 5:23 pm on May 11th, 2011:

    That “Three Little Birds” video couldn’t get cornier.

  5. 5 Verdantsky said at 7:46 pm on May 11th, 2011:

    Favorite song is redemption song. Popular for good reason.

  6. 6 redman said at 1:35 am on May 18th, 2011:

    soul rebel
    rastaman chant
    400 years
    can’t blame the youth
    kinky reggae

  7. 7 guest blogger said at 10:06 pm on August 16th, 2012:

    1978 – Miami . The entire rehearsal was recorded. check it out here and here: and

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