Bob Marley

- Born: Feb. 6, 1945

- Died: May 11, 1981

- Essential listening: “Duppy Conqueror” (1971)

- Who he inspired: Immortal Technique, The Police, Zac Brown Band, Ziggy Marley

Bob Marley sold more than 20 million records and goes down in history as being the first worldwide success to come from the “Third World.” As an ambassador for reggae music, he helped to spread Rastafari messaging through his songs and shone a spotlight on Jamaica and its politics. He additionally made reggae mainstream, paving the way for its international popularity throughout the United States, Britain, and Africa.

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