Rita Marley

Jamaican Musician
Born Jul 25, 1946

Alpharita Constantia Anderson, better known as Rita Marley, and sometimes called "Nana Rita", is the widow of reggae legend/musician Bob Marley, and a member of the trio the I Threes, Bob Marley's backup singers.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Rita Marley.


1946 Birth Born on July 25, 1946.


1966 19 Years Old After those recordings for the Studio One label coached by Bob, Rita married Bob Marley around February, 1966, just before her husband moved to Wilmington, Delaware (USA) for a few months to make a living working at the Dupont Hotel there. … Read More


In April 1968 Nash's manager (and mobster) Danny Sims signed Peter Tosh, Bob and Rita Marley to exclusive publishing, management and production contracts in exchange for a few dollars and an opportunity to record in Kingston for the small, New York-based JAD label owned by Johnny Nash, musician Arthur Jenkins and Danny Sims. … Read More
1974 27 Years Old Together with the I Three, Bob Marley & the Wailers recorded the fine Natty Dread album in 1974 and many more, first rising to international superstardom in 1975 with No Woman No Cry. … Read More
1976 29 Years Old 1 More Event
On December 3, 1976 two days before "Smile Jamaica", a large free concert organized by Bob Marley with the support of Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley, Rita, Bob, and manager Don Taylor were wounded in an assault by gunmen affiliated to Manley's opponents inside the Marley home. … Read More


1986 39 Years Old In 1986, Rita made the decision to convert Bob Marley's home into the Bob Marley Museum. … Read More


1996 49 Years Old In 1996 Rita Marley was awarded the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican government, and in 2010 received the Marcus Garvey Lifetime Award.


2013 66 Years Old On 3 August 2013, she was made an honorary citizen of Ghana by the Ghanaian government.
2015 68 Years Old In November 2015 Marley was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of the West Indies. … Read More
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