11 nov 2011

Bob Marley's The Greatest Hits

The beginning: Bob Marley, was born on February 6, 1945. He was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim. Starting out in 1963 with the group The Wailers, he forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences worldwide. After The Wailers disbanded in 1974, Marley pursued a solo career that culminated in the release of the album Exodus in 1977, which established his worldwide reputation and produced his status as one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, with sales of more than 75 million records.

Rastafari: Bob Marley was a committed Rastafari, an Abrahamic religion which developed in Jamaica in the 1930s.This religion infused his music with a sense of spirituality. The Rastafari movement was a key element in the development of reggae. As an ardent proponent of Rastafari, Bob Marley took the reggae music out of the socially deprived areas of Jamaica and onto the international music scene.

Illness and death: In July 1977, Marley was found to have a type of malignant melanoma under the nail of a toe. Marley turned down his doctors' advice to have his toe amputated, citing his religious beliefs. Despite his illness, he continued touring until his health deteriorated as the cancer had spread throughout his body. He died on 11 May 1981 at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami (now University of Miami Hospital) at the age of 36. The spread of melanoma to his lungs and brain caused his death.