‘No Woman No Cry’ Songwriter Dies

Vincent FordThe man credited with co-writing one of reggae legend Bob Marley’s biggest hits has died.

Vincent Ford, 68, died of complications from diabetes. He had recently had both legs amputated due to the disease.

Ford is credited as the co-songwriter for Marley’s hit, “No Woman, No Cry.” The song appeared on Marley’s 1974 “Natty Dread” album.

The song was written about the Trench Town ghetto in Kingston, Jamaica where the two men lived in the 1960s when they were members of the Wailers, which became Marley’s backing band.

 

Some music historians say Marley wrote the song and gave his friend credit so he could make a living off the royalties. Ford is also credited with three songs off of Marley’s 1976 “Rastaman Vibrations” album.

Ford made frequent appearances at the Marley Museum in St. Andrew, the Jamaican Gleaner reports.

He was interviewed for several books and magazine articles about Marley and his band, the Wailers.