Friday, February 10, 2012



Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley, OM (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician. He was the rhythm guitarist and lead singer for the ska, rocksteady and reggae band Bob Marley & The Wailers (1963–1981). Marley remains the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music, and is credited with helping spread both Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement to a worldwide audience. Marley’s music was heavily influenced by the social issues of his homeland, and he is considered to have given voice to the specific political and cultural nexus of Jamaica. His best-known hits include “I Shot the Sheriff”, “No Woman, No Cry”, “Could You Be Loved”, “Stir It Up”, “Jamming”, “Redemption Song”, “One Love” and, together with The Wailers, “Three Little Birds”, as well as the posthumous releases “Buffalo Soldier” and “Iron Lion Zion”. The compilation album Legend (1984), released three years after his death, is reggae’s best-selling album, going ten times Platinum which is also one Diamond in the U.S., and selling 25 million copies worldwide.

Birth name: Robert Nesta Marley
Also known as: Tuff Gong
Born: 6 February 1945, Nine Mile, Saint Ann, Jamaica
Died: 11 May 1981 (aged 36), Miami, Florida, U.S.
Genres: Reggae, ska, rocksteady
Occupations: Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, piano, saxophone, harmonica, percussion
Years active: 1962–1981
Labels:           Studio One, Upsetter, Tuff Gong
Associated acts: Bob Marley & The Wailers, Wailers Band, The Upsetters, I Threes



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