Vincent "Tata" Ford was a childhood friend of Marley's.
Ford lived a pretty compelling life.
Although wheelchair-bound after losing his legs to diabetes, Ford reportedly saved a youth from drowning when he was just 14 years old.
Marley also credited Ford for keeping him fed as a hungry teenager.
Ford ran a kitchen in Kingston, Jamaica located at No. 3 First Street.
Known as the Casbah, it was “the government yard in Trenchtown” that Marley refers to in “No Woman, No Cry.”
The Casbah was located in a communal concrete dwelling within a public housing development.
Marley lived there for much of the 1950s, and reggae musicians like Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer would rehearse their future hits there.
Marley met and fell in love with Rita Anderson at the Casbah, who he would go on to marry in 1966.
While some people are still not certain whether or not Ford actually wrote the famous song, it's widely believed that it was, in fact, penned by Marley.
Roger Steffens, a Marley historian, uncovered a rarely-seen interview from 1975 with the Jamaican Broadcasting Corporation where Marley “basically admits that he really wrote the song” while tuning a guitar at Ford’s yard.
So why did he credit Ford as the songwriter?
It turns out, it was an act of compassion for his lifelong friend.
Marley wanted to make sure that the kitchen that kept him fed and musically inspired as a kid stayed open.