Bob Marley Once Worked at a Chrysler Plant
Those who make it big in music and the arts often have a long list of completely unrelated jobs before they find artistic success. Bob Marley was no exception with jobs as a DuPont Co. lab assistant and as an assembly line worker at the Chrysler plant in Newark, Delaware. Left Behind, a new documentary by a group of University of Delaware journalism students, tells the story of this Chrysler plant including the fact that Marley was once an employee. According to Repeating Islands, Marley was probably a forklift operator on the night shift. The 1976 song, Night Shift, is supposedly a reference to his time at that plant. RELATED: See The 1960 Chrysler 300F
Marley's mother, Cedella, settled in Wilimington, Delaware after his father died. She ran a shop on Market Street called Roots, which specialized in Jamaican music. Marley and his wife lived in the city off and on from 1956 to 1977, and three of his kids lived with his mother and attended city schools.
The store was closed in 1976 after a robbery and Cedella moved to Miami, but the Marley connection to the area still remains. The annual People's Festival and Bob Marley tribute is held each summer with discounted tickets for those who donate to the Cedella Marley Academy. This is the school she founded in his home town of Nine Mile, Jamaica. Both Marley and the plant where he once worked, are now gone. Marley died in 1981 and the Chrysler plant closed in 2008.
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