He continued to write, record and perform until his death on May 11, 1981. In one day, 40,000 people filed past his coffin as his body lay in state in Jamaica’s National Arena. Marley was buried in a crypt with a guitar, a soccer ball, a cannabis bud, and a Bible.
In December 1976, Marley survived an armed assassination in his own home, bearing minor injuries in his chest and arm, and leaving others in the attack (his wife Rita and manager Don Taylor) with serious injuries. While the rest of The Wailers remained in hiding, Bob took the stage with an apolitical backup band and proclaimed: “the people who are trying to make this world worse aren’t taking a day off. How can I?”
Bob Marley died of cancer at the age of thirty-six.
Marley's first success was with a group called the Wailing Wailers. The original wailers were a vocal harmony group. Their first hit, "Simmer Down", was a direct appeal for their fellow Jamaicans to stay calm during a time of civil unrest.
Due largely through the interest in reggae music, awareness of the movement of the Rastafari has spread throughout a large part of the world. Much of this awareness can be linked to the now deceased Jamaican singer/songwriter Bob Marley.
Burnin' was the last album the reggae master released under the name "The Wailers," and it featured the final performances of Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer with the group.
Bob Marley, barely into his teens, moved to Kingston in the late Fifties.
Bob Marley was born in Rhodan Hall in the north of Jamaica to 18 year old Cedella Marley.
In 1963, with the guidance of Jamaican pop veteran Joe Higgs, Marley formed the Wailers, a vocal quintet, with Peter Tosh, Bunny Livingstone, Junior Braithwaite, and Beverly Kelso.
The first major rock artist to come out of a Third World country, Bob Marley did more than anyone else to popularize reggae around the globe.