Died: December 28, 2008
Vincent "Tata" Ford was a Kingston friend of Bob Marley's who received songwriting credit for "No Woman, No Cry," "Crazy Baldheads" and other famous compositions. A wheelchair-bound community worker who had lost his legs to diabetes, Ford ran a soup kitchen in the "government yard in Trenchtown" described in "No Woman, No Cry," and helped an impoverished teenage Marley survive the notorious ghetto. The "government yard" is now the Trenchtown Culture yard, a museum dedicated to the Marley legacy.
Scholars generally agree that Marley used the names of family and friends such as Vincent Ford as pseudonyms in order to evade his publishing company at the time, Cayman Music. In fact, Marley wrote these songs.
In 1987, Marley's estate successfully won a dispute against Cayman Music and gained control of the Vincent Ford compositions. In 2014, Cayman Music again attempted to retrieve the rights to several songs including "No Woman, No Cry" – which was rejected by a High Court ruling.