Nesta Robert Marley, widely known as Bob Marley, was born on 6 February 1945. If he were alive today, he could have celebrated his 68th birthday.
In 1981, cancer stopped the life of the most startling Jamaican singer Bob Marley. He was only 36 at that time but had already achieved tremendous success and popularity among all classes of people throughout the world. The legacy of this great singer exists through his music, which remains as evergreen as it was. He is mostly known and widely popular for his contribution in extending the movement of Rastafari and reggae music. His aim was to spread this specific movement and the new music genre to the universal audience during his 18 years in the industry.
Three years after Marley’s death, the album ‘Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ sold 10 million copies in the United Sates and 25 million copies across the world. The enormous selling made it the best selling reggae album to date. However, the success was not surprising at all. Marley had mesmerized the music world so much during his short lifetime that it would rather be surprising if the fans had not appreciated their beloved singer even after his death.
Marley continued having success and honor after his death. The BBC awarded his song ‘One Love’ as the song of the millennium. He was included in the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. The album ‘Exodus’ by Marley and the Wailers has been considered by the Time Magazine as 20th century’s greatest album.
In the preceding year, Ziggy Marley, son of Bob Marley, spoke to the Huffington Post regarding the first-ever family endorsed documentary. The documentary named ‘Marley’ contains the narrative of his legendary father’s life and works.
Apart from Ziggy, Marley left ten other children before dying in cancer in 1981.