42 Oakley street was the address where Bob Marley lived as he finished recordings his exodus album that made his a global sensation by all standard.He joins a list of musicians and composers including John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury and Mozart who have been honoured with a plaque. The musician and songwriter lived at 42 Oakley Street in Chelsea in 1977, having fled to the UK from Jamaica following an assassination attempt the previous year.
It was while living at this address that the band finished recording their famous Exodus album, which featured songs including Jamming, One Love, Three Little Birds and Turn Your Lights Down Low, and propelled Marley to global stardom.
One of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Marley was diagnosed with skin cancer that same year. He died just four years later in 1981, aged 36, at the height of his fame.His plaque was unveiled at the four-storey terraced house on Tuesday by Rastafarian poet and writer Benjamin Zephaniah and broadcaster David Olusoga, who described the star as “a cultural icon who blazed a trail for other black artists”.
Zephaniah, who wrote to Marley when he was younger and visited him at the house, said the plaque recognised “a worldwide superstar”.
“This matters because there are not many black or Asian people who have blue plaques and we need more because we know they’ve made a great contribution,” he told Sky News.
“His lyrics inspire us to keep fighting, even when we’re down they tell us to get up and stand up for our rights. He tells us that we are all important, it doesn’t matter where we come from and most importantly in times like this, when you can really feel that things are going in strange directions politically and culturally, he reminds us that ‘Everything’s gonna be alright’.
“Keep fighting and in the end good will overcome evil and we really need messages of hope right now.”
The unveiling comes at the start of Black History Month. Nanansem.com confirms.