Bob Marley / singer, guitarist, Jamaica
Bob Marley, born on February 6th, 1945 in Nine Miles in Jamaica, is considered the greatest reggae star in pop history. Through him and his band The Wailers, reggae and the religion of the Rastafarian became known worldwide. Reggae developed from ska and rock steady in the 1960s and became popular in Great Britain by Caribbean emigrants in the late 1960s.
The global breakthrough of reggae began in the 1970s with bands and singers such as Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Third World and Bob Marley. His songs like “No Woman, No Cry (1975)”, “Is This Love (1978)”, “Could You Be Loved (1980)” or “Redemption Song (1980)” are popular up to the present day and are successfully covered and reinterpreted until today. Bob Marley, who converted to the Rastafarian movement in 1967, uses his popularity to make the religious movement known worldwide. In autumn 1980 Bob Marley was diagnosed with cancer. He died in Miami on May 11, 1981.