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Bob Marley

11 October 2011

Jamaican Singer, Musician and Songwriter.

Gig in Swaythling Southampton: May 29th 1975.  There was a little club behind the Fleming Arms in Swaythling called The Coach House. Legend has it that Bob Marley and the Wailers road manager Benjamin Foot (Son of a former Governor of Jamaica) who was handling their Catch A Fire tour was looking for one more UK gig, before they had t ogo to the USA  to support Bruce Springsteen and the possibility of a gig in Southampton opened up. 

The Coach House club was a small club that had capacity for only a few hundred and the place was rammed. Amusingly, the group was mistakenly billed as 'Bob Marley & The Whalers" in the local press. Local fans Melton Geddes, Dave Poulton and Steve Gladders have fond memories of being in close proximity to Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Livingstone and the other great giants of reggae music. 

That was the day Bob Marley came to Southampton! Excerpt from Black Stories Southampton, Extraordinary Accounts by Don John


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