Bob Marley Career was Funded by My Boy Lollipop?
We all by now know that Bob Marley is the man behind the globalization of Reggae Music, but where did he and his team get the funds to push his music career?.
Before we venture further, have you ever heard of the late Millie Small and producer Chris Blackwell and what they have in common?
Christoper Percy Gordon Blackwell born June 22, 1937, is an English businessman, a former record producer and the founder of Island Records, one of Britain's great independent record labels.
Blackwell is the man who turned the world on to the great genre of music known as Reggae. He was among the first to record Jamaica's music the mid-1950s to early 1960s which was Ska.
In 1964, Blackwell produced what turned out to be the biggest and first international ska songs from Jamaica "My Boy Lollipop" by Millie Small, the song was originally done by Barbie Gaye. The song sold over six (6) million copies worldwide. This also led to huge turn over in the coffers of Island Records.
How Was Bob Marley Career Funded in the Begining?]
After signing Bob Marley to his Island Records label in the early 1970s. Chris was able to fund Marley and other artists signed to his label due to the huge success of Millie Small's chart-topper single "My Boy Lollipop".
This was also during the birth of Reggae music as a genre.
Other artists such as Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Decker and Toots and the Maytals was successful due to the success of Chris Blackwell and Millie Small's My Boy Lollipop.