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Read the following text about Bob Marley. Ignore* the words in brown. (*) Ignore = ignorar, no hacer caso

Bob Marley was born (Ej. When…born?/1. Where…born?)
He started singing professionally
(2. How….professionally?) years old, and he released his first single (3. What…called?)(4. …successful?) 
He asked
(5. Who did...him?) to tutor him. He was a recording artist who taught local youngsters for free. They signed a record deal (6. When….deal?) with Coxsone Dodd's Studio One Label , The Wailers saw their first song, "Simmer Down," become an instant number 1 in Jamaica. During the next two-and-a-half years, the group recorded (7. How many….years?) songs, and in 1965 they held five of the top ten places in the Jamaican charts.

In 1966, they formed their own label
(8. Why….in 1966?) called Wail 'n Soul 'm. The Wailers had a series of local hits, but they still weren’t earning very much money. Following the album "Best of the Wailers", they joined up with producer Lee Perry, and produced an amazing series of singles which are recognised as being their best. In the same year Haile Sellasie visited Jamaica and Bob and the other Wailers embraced the Rastafarian faith and began to grow their hair.

Island Records president Chris Blackwell signed The Wailers to a record contract, which allowed them to make records under there new label, Tuff Gong, however after their first two albums with Island, the group broke up
(9. When….up?), leaving Marley at the head of the band (now named Bob Marley and the Wailers). He added female backing singers, The I-Threes which included Rita Marley, Bob's wife.

In 1975 Bob Marley and the Wailers played a gig at the Roxy in Los Angeles. Among the ecstatic audience (apparently some were dancing on the tables) were Beatles George and Ringo, Bob Dylan, and Jack Nicholson!

During his rise to fame, Marley made his beliefs in Rastafari, well known to the public. Most ignorant observers viewed Marley as a trouble maker with long hair who smoked marijuana. However, younger, more understanding people saw him
(10. How….him?).

Marley was almost assassinated in his home in Kingston in 1976. He was given the UN Peace Medal on behalf of 500 million Africans in 1978
(11. Why….1978?). He headlined a Peace Concert that same year in Jamaica, bringing together Prime Minister Michael Manley and Edward Seaga, the leader of the opposition. But his greatest honour was (12. What….honour?). Bob Marley had eleven children by seven different women and sold tens of millions of records worldwide. He left $30 million  and died in Miami on May 11th 1981, at the young age of 36. (13. How….die?)


deal = contrato
to form = formar
(record) label = marca (de discos)
hits = éxitos
to embrace = abrazar(se)
faith =
however = sin embargo
worldwide = por todo el mundo

There is some information missing in the above text about Bob Marley. Read the text again, and write the questions below. Follow the example.

When was Bob Marley born?

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Haz Click para escuchar Listen and Haz Click para comprobar tus respuestas check your answers. 

Haz Click para escuchar Listen and repeat the questions at normal speed. Focus on the intonation.

  Now read the complete text and answer the questions.

Bob Marley was born on February 6, 1945 in Nine Miles, (St. Ann) Jamaica. At the age of 16 he started singing professionally, and released his first single which was called "Judge Not" .However "Judge Not" and its follow-up "One Cup Of Coffee" were not successful. He asked Joe Higgs to tutor him. Joe Higgs was a recording artist who coached local youngsters for free. 
Signed in 1963 to Coxsone Dodd's Studio One Label. The Wailers saw their first song, "Simmer Down," become an instant number 1 in Jamaica. During the next two-and-a-half years, the group recorded over a hundred songs, and in 1965 they held five of the top ten slots on the Jamaican charts.

Noticing that they were not getting enough of the money made from there records, they formed their own label, Wail 'n Soul 'm, in 1966. The Wailers continued a series of local hits, with little financial reward. Following the album 

"Best of the Wailers", they joined up with producer Lee Perry, and produced an amazing series of singles which are widely recognised as being their best. In the same year Haile Sellasie visited Jamaica and Bob and the other Wailers embraced the Rastafarian faith and began to grow their hair.

In 1972, Island Records president Chris Blackwell signed The Wailers to a record contract, allowing them to release records under there new label, Tuff Gong, but after their first two albums with Island, the group broke up, leaving Marley at the head of the band (now named Bob Marley and the Wailers), to which he added female backing singers, The I-Threes (including Rita Marley, Bob’s wife).
In 1975 Bob Marley and the Wailers played the Roxy in Los Angeles. Among the ecstatic audience (apparently some were dancing on the tables) were Beatles George and Ringo, Bob Dylan, and Jack Nicholson!

During his rise to fame, Marley made his beliefs in Rastafari well known to the public. Most ignorant observers viewed Marley as a trouble-maker with long hair who smoked marijuana. However, younger, more understanding people saw him as a leader.

Almost assassinated in 1976 in his home in Kingston, Marley was given the UN Peace Medal on behalf of 500 million Africans in 1978 for his humanitarian achievements. He headlined a Peace Concert that same year in Jamaica, bringing together Prime Minister Michael Manley and Edward Seaga, the leader of the opposition. But his greatest honour came when he was invited to headline the Zimbabwe Independence Celebrations in 1980. Bob Marley fathered eleven children by seven different women, sold tens of millions of records worldwide, left, $30 million, and died in Miami on May 11th 1981, at the young age of 36 from melanoma cancer.

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