Bob Marley

I first saw Bob Marley at Richard Harding’s club the Quiet Knight in Chicago in the early 70’s.I had just purchased the Catch a Fire album with flick-lighter cover at Rose Records on South Wabash and there was a little buzz about Reggae in the US,but when we arrived at Belmont and Sheffield there was a queue down the block and we were lucky to get in.The performance was amazing,I’ll never forget the sing-along to No Woman,No Cry(the show was recorded by WXRT for their Unconcert series so,it’s archived).

The next two BMW shows I caught were at the Auditorium Theatre on Congress in the South Loop.The Wailers had become a dynamo show band and drew a capacity crowd.Finally when they played their last Chicago show at the Uptown Theatre at Broadway and Lawrence it had gotten more laid-back and mellow,and Bob left us soon after.

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