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For the American comedian, see Bob Marley (comedian).
Black and white picture of a man with long dreadlocks playing the guitar on stage.
Bob Marley performing in concert, circa 1980.
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
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", "Get Up Stand Up", "Jamming", "Redemption Song", "One Love" and, "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 known as one Diamond in the U.S., and selling 25 million copies worldwide.