When Marrow was a child, his family moved to upscale Summit, New Jersey. Solomon raised Marrow as a single father for four years, with help from a housekeeper. After Marrow told his father, Solomon shrugged, "Well, then, you ain't got no bike. Earl was a fan of rock music and listened only to the local rock radio stations; sharing a room with him sparked Marrow's interest in heavy metal music. He attended Palms Junior High, which was predominantly made up of white students, and included black students who travelled by bus from South Central to attend.