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Bob Marley’s Greatest Performance?

Bob Marley and the Wailers have played many historic shows.  Many have been captured on audio and video.  In fact, many of those performances have been shared on this blog.

However, there is one performance that, perhaps, may be Bob’s greatest performance.  Unfortunately, there were no bootleggers at the show.  No television cameras.  Very little press.  That’s because his greatest performance may have occurred at a corporate event!

Philadelphia, June 9, 1979.  Philadelphia Sheraton Hotel.  Black Music Association National Convention.

Formed in May and announced in September of 1978, the BMA is organized to “preserve, protect and promote Black music” (and those who create it) for the mutual benefit of all in the industry. This ambitious platform is the brainchild of Kenneth Gamble (producer/composer of Philly International) and Ed Wright, ex-prez of the National Association of Television and Radio Announcers. Together they manage to collect $600,000 in seed money and recruit some 120 top artists and executives from all the major recording labels to help organize the gathering.

This first major organization meeting draws such notables as Stevie Wonder, Berry Gordy (of Motown). Maurice White (of Earth, Wind & Fire), Bob Marley, and other heavyweights from the performing sector as well as label presidents like Bruce Lundvall (C.B.S.), Mike Maitland (MCA) and Irvin Steinberg (Phonogram), who are members of the BMA corporate government, in advisory or executive positions.

I thoroughly researched Marley’s performance at this convention and I have included all relevant press clippings here.

PLEASE READ CAROL COOPER’S PIECE FROM THE SOHO NEWS 28 JUNE 1979

JAMAICA GLEANER, JUNE 9, 1979

SALINAS JOURNAL, JULY 15, 1979

VALLEY INDEPENDENT – PITTSBURGH-TRIBUNE REVIEW, MARCH 20, 1980

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, AUGUST 4, 1979

After his performance with Marley in Philadelphia, Stevie Wonder is inspired to write the track Master Blaster (Jammin’),” which is included on the album Hotter Than July.

Black Music Association, Philadelphia, 1979

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  1. WAS says:

    very good article

  2. momo says:

    Thank you, great.. there is no way to find a recording?

  3. jpachanga says:

    Hi there, I happen to have one original picture of bob Marley taken that day.

    It was taken by African American photographer kwame brathwaite.

    Got this picture many years back while helping him to move around some stuff.

    He told me he got many pictures from that performance. Maybe you should contact him and se if you can get something from him

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