If you've ever shot a sheriff (but not his immediate subordinate), then you might be a fan of Bob Marley. His singles "I Shot the Sheriff", "Get Up, Stand Up" and "No Woman, No Cry" were popular hits in the 1970s, helping establish his music with the international masses. Marley is inarguably the preeminent reggae musician, and his influence on reggae and ska is still felt today -- just go to a music festival and count how many tie-dye shirts you see with Marley's face on them. Marley died in 1981 at the age of 36. His final words were to his son Ziggy: "Money can't buy life."
Nesta Robert Marley, more widely and commonly known as '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. 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'.
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