Jamaican Vincent "Tata" Ford will forever be linked with Bob Marley, since he is listed as writer or co-writer of four of Marley's songs, including the iconic "No Woman, No Cry" from the 1974 album Natty Dread and three songs, "Positive Vibration," "Roots Rock Reggae," and "Crazy Baldhead," from 1976's Rastaman Vibration. Ford was born at Spanish Town Road but moved to Kingston's Trench Town in the late '50s. He met Marley shortly after the singer also landed in Trench Town from his native St. Ann. Ford, wheelchair-bound after losing his legs to diabetes, became a sort of mentor for the teenaged Marley, feeding him and offering his semi-public kitchen at No. 3 First Street, known as the Casbah, as both a place to sleep and an all-night practice and rehearsal space for a nascent version of the Wailers. Whether Ford actually had ...
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