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Danny Sims, Marley's first manager, in Jamaica to promote Allan Skill Cole's new book

Entertainment News Written by  AKA Friday, 20 April 2012 02:46 font size decrease font size increase font size 0
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African-American music producer and publisher Danny Sims helped launch Bob Marley to stardom "way back when", but not many Jamaicans know his story.

Danny Sims claimed that he had a contract which entitled him to royalties and payment for works produced by Bob. He said he had discovered that Marley had produced songs and lyrics and had deprived him of his entitlement by registering them in the names of other persons. He brought an action in New York against the estate. In investigating the matter, it turned out that there was a period when the songs Marley wrote were not put in his name. A classical example is the famous No woman, No cry. The record label purports the song to be written by Vincent Ford who, it was later learnt, was a disabled person from Trench Town. During the hearing in New York, it was shown that Simms was apparently aware of this alleged irregularity long before Marley's death and therefore his claim had been statute barred.

In selling the assets of the estate some of the persons whose names Marley had used in registering songs had to be paid. Vincent Ford received some compensation to assign the copyright in the song so that it could be sold.


"I had Bob and the original Wailers under contract to my record company for five years, in the days when reggae was evolving out of the Kingston ghetto. I recognized the talent in Bob Marley and did my best to prepare his music for American radio. By the time I sold his contract to Chris Blackwell in 1972, Bob was ready for stardom. As we all know now, Bob Marley went beyond mere stardom in the seventies and early eighties. He is now truly a legend," Sims said.

In 1967, when I signed Bob, he wanted above all else to be a soul singer like Sam Cooke or Marvin Gaye. He greatly admired the singing of my partner in the music business, Johnny Nash. In the early sixties, people like Harry Belefonte were exposing the Carribean sound to America. Motown and Philly soul were the sounds on pop radio. When I signed Bob Marley, I arranged for hundreds of recording sessions in my home in Jamaica to capture both the Wailers singing covers of hits (as was the style in those days) and also Bob and Bunny and Peter's originals.
These tapes have been locked away for almost 30 years, allowing Island/Tuff Gong to fully expose the music they had. They have done a great job, as evidenced by the beautiful reissue packages that you are probably familiar with. I feel it's now time to reveal the early Bob Marley, the fiery r&b singer, who styled his harmonies after the Impressions and actively sought an American black audience. I knew Bob quite well, he lived in my home for years- and he and Skill Cole were my friends. I'm proud to finally release this music and hopefully do something nice for his surviving family.

In order to bring Bob's music to the widest possible audience, I've commissioned several modern dance remixes of the songs in my vaults. Wanting to check with the family, we ran these remixes by Bob's children and their mother Rita for their reaction. Not only did they approve, but we now have 2 remixes by Stephen Marley which feature the voices of Damian, Julian and Stephen, three of Bob's sons. We also have Bob's daughter Cedella and Tuff Gong Films doing our video! We are delighted that we can help combine the efforts of Bob's family (his true legacy) with our own. It's been a long time coming
 

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