Born February 6, 1945 in Jamaica, Bob Marley would grow into the King of Reggae, helping spread the music worldwide. In 1962, Marley and his friends formed The Wailers and had their first hit with the 1963 single Simmer Down. This success ultimately led to an explosion of Marley's music around the world. In 1976, the Rastafarian was shot by gunmen during the Jamaican election campaign, but survived and continued to soar in popularity until his 1981 death due to brain, lung, and stomach cancer.
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