Jamaican musician and singer/songwriter Bob Marley was born Nesta Robert Marley on February 6, 1945 in the village of Nine Mile. He went on to become the single most well-known and highest selling Reggae performer of all time, and the first international superstar to come from a third-world country.
Bob Marley and a group of friends came together to form The Wailers in 1963 and signed with major record label, Island Records, in 1972. Marley gave a voice to the social issues that were plaguing Jamaica and helped to broaden the reach of Jamaican music across the globe.
Selling over 20 Million records worldwide, some of Bob Marley’s most popular hits include: “I Shot the Sheriff”, “Could You Be Loved”, “Stir it Up”, “Get Up, Stand Up”, “One Love”, “Redemption Song”, and “Jammin”. He died at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami, Florida on May 11, 1981 after melanoma spread to his lungs and brain. His message of love and peace has touched people in all corners of the globe, and his music continues to be cherished decades after his passing.
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
- Bob Marley