Today would have been legendary singer-songwriter Bob Marley’s 68th birthday.
Credited with bringing worldwide attention to both reggae music and rastafarianism, Marley’s musical and political legacy continues to inspire people of all races across the globe.
There will truly never be anyone quite like Bob Marley.
The beloved Jamaican singer died of cancer in 1981 at the age of 36, but his legacy lives on through his music. Marley is credited with helping spread both reggae sounds and the Rastafari movement to a worldwide audience throughout his 18 years in the business.
According to Urban Islandz, “Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers,” which was released three years after his death, is reggae’s biggest selling album to date, with more than 10 million copies sold in the United States and an estimated 25 million worldwide. And that’s no surprise.
Despite his absence, Marley has continued to garner success, being honored with such awards as BBC’s song of the millenium for “One Love” and getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Also in 1999, Time Magazine named Bob Marley & The Wailers’ “Exodus” as the greatest album of the 20th century.
Check out the Marley classic “Burnin’ and Lootin'” below:
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