Vincent Ford, the songwriter credited with composing the Bob Marley reggae classic No Woman, No Cry has died in Jamaica. He was 68.
Ford lost both his legs to diabetes and died in hospital from complications caused by the disease, said a spokesman for the Bob Marley Foundation.
His smash hit appeared on Marley’s 1974 Natty Dread album.
It was inspired by the Trench Town ghetto in Kingston where both men lived in the 1960s.
Some claim Marley wrote it himself but gave Ford the credit to help his friend support himself with the royalties.
Ford is also credited with three songs on Marley’s 1976 album Rastaman Vibration.
Marley remains the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music, and is credited for helping spread Jamaican music to the worldwide audience.
He died of cancer in Miami in 1981, aged 36. *source: BBC News
I gotta say, that if Bob did write that jam and still credited his buddy with it, that’s a pretty damn nice thing to do. Hooking him up with royalties for the rest of his life. If not, it’s too bad that the rumor got started and continues. Guess we’ll never really know.
This is pretty neato. Surprising how different it looks during the different seasons. Well…welcome to 2009 everybody.
Heheheh….nice. I’ma be away for a few days, and so this is my Christmas post for the 2008 holiday. This awesome pictorial explanation for the North Star and the Three Wise Men story is just plain nice. I hope this helps some of you answer a question or two that you’ve had regarding this.
Peace in your crease,
Hehehe…dude is crazy with the nunchucks. We need to get him out to open champagne on New Year’s….hehehe.
This is kinda funny. These dudes were so pissed about the crap that O-reilly spews that they made a track and video just to diss him. I’m definitely against the hate-inciting tactics that many talk show hosts seem to get off on. It’s sad that these hosts use such insane propagandizing to get ratings, and that people continue to support them. I guess if you’re dumb enough to tune in, then it’s on you though. I’m smart enough to stay clear of it. Hehehe…check out the reaction video below from Keith Olbermann on “Countdown”. Way to take the high road Keith….hehehe.
This isn’t a brand new release, but it’s worth mentioning here. For all you peeps ‘special’ enough to own some turntables, this is specifically for ya’ll. This is a compilation of rare stuff from the Native Tongues collective. For those that don’t know, Native Tongues consitsts of groups A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Jungle Brother, Black Sheep, Leaders Of The New School, and some others. This vinyl treat is packed with plenty of hard to find tracks and remixes that, in my opinion, would be perfect for spinning at any house party. I think that the intro track alone would make this worth adding to the crates. This is available to purchase at UndergroundHipHop.com. I’m sure you savy web-rats can probably find .mp3 versions of this somewhere too. Altogether, a nice chilled out compilation though, look for it, and enjoy.
Luciano has got a new album added to his massive list of releases this month. This one is called “Jah Can Save Us” and it is a complilation of sixteen previously released tracks. Being a compilation, I’d say it’s not a ‘mandatory’ selection to add to the avid collector, but it is a nice selection of tracks. Of course, there are a couple I’d of like to have swapped out for ‘better’ tracks, but it’s still good. By far, in my opinion, the strongest track on this, and the ‘real’ reason to grab this album is track #4 “This Is A Warning”. If you’ve heard my mix “Zonk One Presents-Strictly Conscious Vol 1″ then you’ve heard this track and know that I’m a fan. Sadly, the track that follows this banger is called “You And I” and it is defnitely one that I would have left off this compilation. For you slow/R&B music lovers, this one will be right up your alley.
Another stand out track on this is #11 called “Serve Jah”… Boom! and also the last track “Your Heart”. The rest of the tracks are average, I’d say. A nice intro to Luciano for those newbies out there.