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Can't Fight The Youth: Bob Marley's Early Years

Chris Salewicz, MOJO, March 1995

1945. THE PREGNANCY WAS PROBLEM-FREE. On the first Sunday of February, 1945, Cedella Marley went to church as usual. The next day she hoped to fast, rejoice, and give testimony in church in the evening, as Elder Thomas encouraged his flock to do each Monday. But Cedella's pregnancy seemed to have run its alloted time-span and, feeling the first twinges of labour, she stayed behind at one of the properties of her father, a vacant shop where she had set up her bedroom. The baby boy was born at around 2.30 on the Wednesday morning of February 6, 1945. He weighed seven pounds four ounces, and he was given the name Nesta Robert Marley.

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