Bob Marley and the Wailers Release "No Woman, No Cry"
"No Woman, No Cry" is a reggae song made famous by Bob Marley & The Wailers.
The song first became world-famous in 1974 through the studio album Natty Dread. The live version from the 1975 album Live! is perhaps best known — it was this version which was released on the greatest hits compilation Legend. A lot of confusion occurred due to the fact that most people thought the song was implying "No woman, no need to cry", but the song's title actually means "No, woman, don't cry". (In Jamaican patois the word nuh means don't - so the correct title for this song should actually be "No woman, Nuh Cry".) Though Bob Marley may have written the song, or may have written the melody, songwriter credits were given to "V. Ford". Vincent Ford was a friend of Marley's who ran a soup kitchen in Trenchtown, the ghetto of Kingston, Jamaica where Marley grew up. The royalty checks received by Ford ensured the survival and continual running of his soup kitchen.