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Nesta Robert " Bob " Marley , OM (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician. He was the rhythm guitarist and lead singer for the ska , rocksteady and reggae bands The Wailers (1963-1974) and Bob Marley & The Wailers (1974–1981). Marley remains the most widely known and the best-selling performer of reggae music, and is credited with helping spread both Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement to a worldwide audience. [ 1 ] Marley's music was heavily influenced by the social issues of his homeland, and he is considered to have given voice to the specific political and cultural nexus of Jamaica. [ 2 ] His best-known hits include " I Shot the Sheriff ", " No Woman, No Cry ", " Could You Be Loved ", " Duppy Conqueror ", " Stir It Up ", " Get Up Stand Up ", " Jamming ", " Redemption Song ", " One Love " and, " Three Little Birds ", [ 3 ] as well as the posthumous releases " Buffalo Soldier " and " Iron Lion Zion ".