Today's special An Artist Is Born birthday shoutout goes out in remembrance of BOB MARLEY (1945). A singer, guitarist, percussionist and songwriter, Marley began his musical career as the frontman for THE WAILERS. He later released material as a solo artist. Recognized for his distinctive vocal and songwriting stylings, he released some of the earliest reggae records with The Wailers and ultimately achieved worldwide fame with them, selling 21 million albums worldwide. Unfortunately, Marley passed away back in 1981 at the age of 36 due to cancer.