Happy Birthday Bob!

Wednesday would have been the charismatic Jamaican singer's 68th birthday.

Marley died of cancer in 1981, but his notoriety continues unabated. For instance, today marks the 22nd year that the City of Toronto has recognised the date officially as "Marley Day".

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Happy Birthday Bob

He is regularly cited as a global icon and musical prophet, whose art changed the world forever. He is also credited with bringing reggae music and the Rastafarian movement to a worldwide audience.

The Legend album, released three years after his death, is reggae's biggest selling album to date, Urban Islandz reveals. To date it has sold more than 10 million copies in the US and an estimated 25 million worldwide.

In 2012 Marley made the Forbes annual rich list with the juicy sum of $17million - meaning he earned far more in death than he ever did when he was alive.

Last year Marley's son Ziggy spoke to Huffington Post about the first-ever family authorised documentary about the singer, Marley, which chronicled the life and times of the legendary musician.

In the interview he discussed his father's affairs and affinity with marijuana, stating: "If you love Bob's music, well guess what, herb is part of Bob's music."

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  • Music - Bob Marley & the Wailers - Rastaman Vibraiton Tour - Hammersmith Odeon, London

    Bob Marley plays his guitar on stage during the gig

  • Music - Bob Marley & the Wailers - Rastaman Vibraiton Tour - Hammersmith Odeon, London

    Bob Marley on stage during the gig

  • Music - Bob Marley & the Wailers - Rastaman Vibraiton Tour - Hammersmith Odeon, London

    Bob Marley plays his guitar on stage during the gig

  • Music - Bob Marley & the Wailers - Rastaman Vibraiton Tour - Hammersmith Odeon, London

    Bob Marley plays his guitar on stage during a gig at the Hammersmith Odeon, London. 16/06/1976 Picture: Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

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    6th April 1977: Jamaican singer-songwriter and reggae star Bob Marley (1945 - 1981) outside Marylebone Magistrates Court in London, where he was fined for possession of cannabis. (Photo by Maurice Hibberd/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

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    6th April 1977: Reggae star, singer-songwriter Bob Marley (1945 - 1981) outside Marylebone Magistrates Court in London, where he was fined for possession of cannabis. (Photo by Maurice Hibberd/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

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    Bob Marley (1945 - 1981) the Jamaican born singer, guitarist and composer in concert. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

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    Reggae singer-songwriter Bob Marley (1945 - 1981), in concert. (Photo by Gary Merrin/Getty Images)

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    1973: singer, Bob Marley (1945 - 1981) in concert. (Photo by Gary Merrin/Keystone/Getty Images)

  • Marley Smiling

    3rd June 1977: Singer, guitarist and composer of reggae music Bob Marley, (1945 - 1981), originally Robert Nesta Marley, in London. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

  • Bob Marley Performs On Stage

    Jamaican reggae musician Bob Marley (1945 - 1981) performs on stage, a microphone in his hand, late 1970s. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

  • Marley In London

    June 1977: Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter and guitarist Bob Marley (1945 - 1981) in London. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

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    June 1977: Jamaican reggae singer and guitarist Bob Marley (1945 - 1981) in London. (Photo by Colin Davey/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

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    3rd June 1977: Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter and guitarist Bob Marley (1945 - 1981) in London. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

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    circa 1974: Bob Marley (1945 - 1981) , the singer, guitarist and composer of reggae music in concert. (Photo by Gary Merrin/Keystone/Getty Images)

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    This month celebrations in both Jamaica and Ethiopia will commence to mark the 60th anniversary of the birth of the reggae star Bob Marley. Marley, who died in 1981 after battling cancer at the age of 36, would have turned 60 on 6th February. PICTURE: Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley (1945 - 1981) on stage at the Hammersmith Odeon, London in June 1977. Anwar Hussein/allactiondigital.com

  • bob marley

    This month celebrations in both Jamaica and Ethiopia will commence to mark the 60th anniversary of the birth of the reggae star Bob Marley. Marley, who died in 1981 after battling cancer at the age of 36, would have turned 60 on 6th February. PICTURE: Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley (1945 - 1981) on stage at the Hammersmith Odeon, London in June 1977. Anwar Hussein/allactiondigital.com

  • Music - Bob Marley & the Wailers - Rastaman Vibraiton Tour - Hammersmith Odeon, London

    Bob Marley plays his guitar on stage during the gig

  • bob marley

    This month celebrations in both Jamaica and Ethiopia will commence to mark the 60th anniversary of the birth of the reggae star Bob Marley. Marley, who died in 1981 after battling cancer at the age of 36, would have turned 60 on 6th February. PICTURE: Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley (1945 - 1981) on stage at the Hammersmith Odeon, London in June 1977. Anwar Hussein/allactiondigital.com

  • bob marley

    This month celebrations in both Jamaica and Ethiopia will commence to mark the 60th anniversary of the birth of the reggae star Bob Marley. Marley, who died in 1981 after battling cancer at the age of 36, would have turned 60 on 6th February. PICTURE: Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley (1945 - 1981) on stage at the Hammersmith Odeon, London in June 1977. Anwar Hussein/allactiondigital.com