Legendary Reggae artiste Bob Marley has secured another accomplishment under his belt since his “No Woman, No Cry” song recorded with the Wailers received a platinum certification in the United Kingdom on the 22nd of April. The information was released by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and was noted to have gotten the “Brit Certified Silver Award” based on its sale of over 600,000 units in the United Kingdom.
This level of certification is not new to the legendary act and the group either as songs such as “Could You Be Loved”, “Jamming”, and “Is This Love” have all gone on to receive platinum awards with them being over the 600,000 unite sales threshold but on another tier of achievement, Bob Marley & The Wailers were recipients earlier this year for a double-platinum award after having 1,200,000 units sold in the UK.
As for the songwriting credit, it was given to Vincent “Tata” Ford who was said to be instrumental in teaching Bob Marley to play the guitar upon moving into Kingston from the country. “No Woman, No Cry”, was originally released in October of 1974 where it was featured on the well known “Natty Dread” album and went on to secure a number 22 position on the UK singles chart, where it spent 9 weeks.
A live version of the song was also recorded at the Lyceum a year after and was featured as a song on the “Legend” compilation in 1984 which sold Diamond.
The song has also accomplished many other milestones even in modern times which is evident due to an official music video of “No Woman, No Cry” done in 2020 having over 27 million views while another live recording of the track done in 1978 at the Rainbow Theatre in London has over 24 million in viewership; however, it is the live performance of the song in 1979 at the Harvard Stadium in Boston during the Amandla Festival that has the most views with 165 million.
“No Woman, No Cry” does have a worldwide influence which has caused it to be covered 74 times and sampled in 18 tracks along with the fact that the iconic song has also been placed at number 140 on the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time which features some of the greatest music makers the world has ever seen.