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Monday Classic: Bob Marley and the Wailers – Could you be loved


Today’s Monday Classic tune is “Could You Be Loved” by Bob Marley and the Wailers and is guaranteed to kick-start your week. This song was released in 1980 on their last album, Uprising. The song was written in 1979 on an airplane while the band were experimenting on guitar. It’s considered by many reggae fans to be disco influenced and by extension influencing the dancehall genre.

Instruments used on the original recording of this song are guitars, bass, drums, acoustic piano, the Hohner clavinet and an organ, as well as the Brazilian cuíca. “Could You Be Loved” has been on the soundtrack for no less than 7 films. The single reached the Top 10 in 8 countries (including the UK, USA, Belgium, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland). The song has also been covered by no less than 7 artists (including Shakespeare’s Sister, Lauryn Hill, Joe Cocker and Toto).

This is definitely one of my favorite Bob Marley songs of all time. I still remember hearing this tune for the first time in Tings ‘n Times in Hatfield in the mid 1990’s. I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of reggae music, but this is definitely a classic. Bob Marley and the Wailers disbanded in 1981 (after being in the recording industry since 1963), the same year that Bob Marley died of cancer. Have a listen to a live version of “Could You Be Loved” (recorded in 1980 in Dortmund,  West Germany) below:

So, does this make you wish you were in the 1980’s again or don’t you like this song? Leave a comment and let me know what your opinion is. Feedback is appreciated and welcome here. Feel free to share this article with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Remember: Sharing is Caring.

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