Posted by themusicsover on May 11, 2010
February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981
Bob Marley was a Jamaican musician and singer-songwriter who is widely recognized for bringing reggae music to the rest of the world. He is arguable the most beloved performer of reggae. His greatest hits album, Legend, is the biggest selling reggae album of all times, selling a staggering 20 million copies. in 1963, producer Coxsone Dodd discovered Marley in a group that also included Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. They would soon become the Wailers. Over the next several years, Marley would release a string of albums that would help define a sound and movement. Those classic albums included Catch A Fire, Burnin’, Rastaman Vibration, and of course, Exudus. In July of 1977, Marley was diagnosed with a form of malenoma in his big toe. Citing his Rastafarian belief that the body most remain whole, Marley refused to receive any form of surgical treatment. Instead, he sought more controversial and holistic forms of treatment, but the cancer had already progressed too far. Bob Marley passed away in a Miami hospital at the age of 36.
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