You Say It's Your Birthday: Ziggy Marley

Today is the birthday of Ziggy Marley, born this day 1968. Son of

reggae god Bob Marley, Ziggy has made a name for himself with his

brothers and sisters, who perform as the Melody Makers. Raised in

their father's studio, Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers put out

their first reggae album in 1985, four years after their father's

death from cancer. Play The Game Right earned the group early

respect, but it wasn't until 1989's Conscious Party ,

featuring Keith Richards, that the band fully achieved international

success, with the single "Tumbling Down" topping U.S. charts. Faithful

followers in their fathers' footsteps, Ziggy Marley and the Melody

Makers favor a smooth, upbeat sound, featuring a positive,

life-affirming message. Their father, Bob, was born in Jamaica and

gained international success with his group, the Wailers. At the

height of his fame Marley sold out a show in Milan, Italy, drawing

more crowds than the pope, and was awarded Jamaica's Order of Merit.

After his death a stamp was issued in his memory, and Jamaica

designated his birthday a national holiday. All-time Bob Marley faves

include "No Woman No Cry," "Exodus," and "Could You Be Loved," to name

a very few. Today is also the birthday of Rita Hayworth and James

Seals of Seals and Crofts.