34 Ridgmount Gardens – Bob Marley
Robert Nesta Marley, better known as Bob Marley, was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He is the most widely known performer of reggae music, and is famous for having popularized the genre outside Jamaica. A faithful Rastafari, Marley is regarded by many as a prophet of the religion as well as one of the greatest songwriters of all time.
His best known songs are a mixture of reggae, rock, and rhythm and blues, and include “I Shot the Sheriff”, made famous in 1974 by Eric Clapton, which raised Marley’s international profile “No Woman No Cry”, “Exodus”, “Could You Be Loved”, “Jamming”,”Redemption Song” and one of his most famous songs, “One Love”. His posthumous album Legend (1984) became the best-selling reggae album ever, with sales of more than 12 million copies.
Bob Marley was honoured with a heritage plaque at his former north London residence at 34 Ridgmount Gardens in Camden on 26th October 2006 where he lived in 1972 when he first came to England, just as his group the Wailers were making a name for themselves.
The plaque has been organised by the Nubian Jak Community Trust in partnership with the London Mayor.
Jamaican Robert Nestor Marley remains a top-selling reggae artist and died from cancer, aged 36, in 1981.
The event was part of Black History Month, a season of events promoting the contribution of African-Caribbean communities in London.