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11th May - Bob Marley, The View and The Smiths

  • By Effy
  • 11 May 2011

1981

The world grieved as news spread that Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley had died of lung cancer and a brain tumour at the age of 36. Marley’s legacy included the compilation album, Legend, released in 1984 and is still the best-selling reggae album ever with sales of more than 20 million copies. Marley’s most famous reggae anthem ‘No Woman No Cry' and over ten other UK Top 40 singles made Marley a worldwide household name and a music legend of our time, so much so that Time magazine chose Bob Marley & The Wailers' Exodus as the greatest album of the 20th century. In 1990, to honour the memory of the singer, and to commemorate the day he was born, Jamaica proclaimed that the 6th of February would be a national holiday.

 

1986

Born on this day -

Kieren Webster, the bass guitarist and vocalist of Scottish indie rock band ‘The View’. You will know them for their 2007 UK No.1 album ‘Hats Off to the Buskers’ but were you one of the lucky people present for their 2006 Reading and Leeds Festival appearance? It’s a performance that has become legendary amongst fans for its thrilling velocity and exhilarating energy. The NME reported the fans' chant of "The View, The View, The View are on Fire!" could be heard ringing loudly around the packed tent. Not bad, considering they were a last-minute addition that year.

 

1987

No 1 in the UK indie chart -

The Smiths, 'Sheila Take A Bow'

 

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