1975: No Woman No Cry by Bob Marley and The Wailers

Composed by Bob Marley and Vincent Ford. Bob Marley first recorded the song for his seventh studio album, Natty Dread, which was released in 1974. The song was adapted for Bob Marley’s live performance of it in 1975 and was included on his album, Live! Tracks from this album were performed at the Lyceum Theatre in London, UK in July 1975 as part of Bob Marley’s Natty Dread Tour. The singer received no royalty payments from No Woman No Cry, choosing instead to sign them over to his co-composer (and friend) Vincent Ford who ran a soup kitchen in Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica, where Bob Marley grew up. The royalty payments received by Vincent Ford ensured his efforts would continue. Bob Marley (born Robert Nesta Marley) was a Jamaican singer and songwriter. He died in 1981, aged 36, from skin cancer. His final words to his son Ziggy (born David Nesta Marley) were “Money can’t buy life.”

Weekly Chart History (1975)Peak Position
New Zealand30
United Kingdom22
Weekly Chart History (1981)Peak Position
United Kingdom8