06/02/2013 09:02 GMT | Updated 06/02/2013 09:09 GMT

Bob Marley Birthday: February 6 Would Have Been 68th Birthday Of Reggae King (PICTURES)

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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