Cancer has taken way too many people from this world. Bob Marley was one of those people robbed by the disease.
Before Marley succumbed to malignant melanoma on May 11, 1981, he left behind a body of music that not only continues to lift and inspire the reggae community, but also helped shape country music.
It’s not hard to hear the influence Marley has had on one of country music’s main men, Kenny Chesney. Even this year, Chesney dubbed his 2016 tour the Spread The Love Tour after a song Kenny wrote with Marley’s famed band, The Wailers.
“Spread the Love” was featured on Chesney’s 2013 “Life on a Rock” album. The Wailers wrote the music, with lyrics crafted by Kenny.
But it wasn’t the first time Chesney collaborated with The Wailers. In 2008, they worked on “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven.” The Wailers didn’t play on the song though. In fact, they only appear on the acoustic portion at the end of the song and then again in the video.
“There was one common thread that ran through all of Bob Marley’s and The Wailers’ music,” Chesney recalls “…and that was love.”