Throwback Thursday: When Bob Marley Met Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder & Michael Jackson
Bob Marley‘s 70th birthday–the bashment that would have been–is only a week out, and in the Legend’s honor, we are bringing some of his most memorable musical moments to light, courtesy of our close personal peoples over at LargeUp. In their ongoing Bob Marley’s 70th-Throwback series, they put us on to those times that Bob and the original Wailers line-up (with Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh) reunited to share stages with Marvin Gaye in Kingston , opening for the r&b gawd in the midst of touring his two classics What’s Going On and Let’s Get It On, both of which (but particularly the former) carried such heavy sociopolitical commentary that they were cherished by Jamaicans of the day. What’s more, The LU crew reports that Marvin’s “Third World Girl” inspiration came from his time in JA, reminiscing over a special sister he met there. But that would be far from the last time that Robert Nesta Marley would come toe-to-toe with Motown and musical greatness generally, even before he himself was generally recognized to belong amongst their ranks.
There was also the time that Stevie Wonder came to town, culminating in the historic Wonder Dream Concert–wherein Marley joined Wonder on stage for a performance that would prove to be one for the ages–not to mention a Jamaica trip fro Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 immortalized in incredible iconic images by photog Lee Jaffe. Get a taste via the Wailer-fied Bob x Stevie version of “Superstition” below. And for full audio of the Wonder Dream concert plus extensive images and videos from these historic moments, jump over to LargeUp’s thorough expositions. If nothing else, hit the link below to find out how Marley and his family welcomed The Jacksons to his humble abode.