What can anyone say about Bob Marley that has not already been said! Bob Marley spread Reggae music all over the Globe. Australia, Africa, South Africa, Europe, New Zealand, Asia, North and South America, and probably Timbuktu. He was man of many talents, But let us turn back the pages of time to when Bob Marley was a teenager 14 years old. Jamaica's first radio airways station JBC had begun broadcasting in early 1950's, and the second radio station RJR came on the air in 1959. In those days there weren't much recording artists around nor any record recording studios about!
Impresario Vere Johns regularly held talent shows at the Carib and Majestic Theatres in Kingston, Jamaica. Both these theatres operated as cinemas. These talent shows were held on Friday and Saturday nights on stage in front of the cinema screen. The two radio stations follow suit by putting on talent shows of their own on the air from their studios mostly Thursday evenings. Duke Reid was a sound system proprietor who use to hire out his sound systems to night clubs, for wedding receptions, blues dance and house parties!
Those, in house parties lasted all night until the morning light. Duke Reid also had an half hour spot the Jamaica radio RJR station, known as Treasure Isles time for promoting his sound system with the latest dance tunes! Bob Marley use to spend most of his time listening to the next door neighbour's portable radio who lived next to his mother's home! The neighbour would often hanged his portable radio on the clothes line every day listening to the latest rhythm and blues tunes on the airways from America that was being broadcast on short wave bandwidth! Bob Marley was crazy about music; he danced to every tune that was played on his neighbour's portable radio!