Bob Marley's Coolest Throwback Photos

The Jamaican reggae musician would have turned 79 on Feb. 6, 2024

<p>Michael Putland/Getty</p> Bob Marley

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Bob Marley

Bob Marley is inarguably one of the most influential figures to come out of Jamaica.

The reggae artist — who rose to prominence with songs such as "I Shot the Sheriff," "Could You Be Loved" and "No Woman, No Cry," among many other hits — was a humble, fearless and passionately critical ambassador of his beloved country, and his fans loved him for it.

Tragically, Marley died on May 11, 1981, following a melanoma diagnosis. He was 36.

On what would have been his 79th birthday — and as his biopic Bob Marley: One Love hits theaters — take a look at some of the musician's coolest throwback pictures.

Bob Marley's Early Days

<p>Michael Ochs Archives/Getty</p> Bob Marley and The Wailers

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

Bob Marley and The Wailers

Bob Marley was born in Nine Mile, Jamaica, on Feb. 6, 1945.

In 1963, Marley, along with his childhood friends Bunny Wailer (born Neville Livingston) and Peter Tosh, formed the band The Wailers and released their first, eponymous body of work the following year.

Feeling the Music

<p>Gary Merrin/Keystone/Getty</p> Bob Marley on stage

Gary Merrin/Keystone/Getty

Bob Marley on stage

The Wailers got their big break in 1972 when they signed to Island Records. The band's name would later change to Bob Marley and The Wailers.

Making Hits

<p>Ian Dickson/Redferns</p> Bob Marley and The Wailers

Ian Dickson/Redferns

Bob Marley and The Wailers

Marley and the Wailers released nine studio albums under Island Records and saw their star rise exponentially.

Above, the band is pictured walking down an alley to the stage door behind the Odeon in Birmingham, United Kingdom, in 1975.

In the Prime of Youth

<p>Michael Putland/Getty</p> Bob Marley

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Bob Marley

A 28-year-old Marley, is pictured before he started growing out his locs.

Making an Impact

<p>Pete Still/Redferns</p> Bob Marley

Pete Still/Redferns

Bob Marley

A Rastafarian, Marley donned a green, yellow and red jacket while performing at Crystal Palace Bowl in London in June 1980.

Cooler Than Ever

<p>Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns</p> Bob Marley

Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns

Bob Marley

The suave "Could You Be Loved" singer, pictured rocking bell bottoms while posing by a canal in Amsterdam.

Music Man

<p> Hulton Archive/Getty Images</p> Bob Marley

Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Bob Marley

Marley donned a denim shirt and passionately sang to fans in Sweden in this undated shot.

Of the People

<p>Chris Walter/WireImage</p> Bob Marley

Chris Walter/WireImage

Bob Marley

Marley smiled and interacted with fans while signing autographs at the Tower Records Sunset store in West Hollywood in 1979.

In Conversation

<p>Bobby Bank/WireImage</p> Bob Marley

Bobby Bank/WireImage

Bob Marley

The cool guy gave serious side-eye while chatting with someone off camera in New York City in 1976.

Legacy Lives On

<p>Allan Tannenbaum/Getty</p> Bob Marley

Allan Tannenbaum/Getty

Bob Marley

On Feb. 14, 2024, Paramount Pictures will release Bob Marley: One Love. The film, which stars Kingsley Ben-Adir as the singer and Lashana Lynch as his wife Rita Marley, chronicles the life and struggles of the beloved musician.

The film is produced by his children Ziggy and Cedella, as well as his widow.

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