“Georgie”, immortalized in “No Woman, No Cry” by Bob Marley, died at 84
Bob Marley’s eldest four paid tribute to Georgie, the man the Reggae icon immortalized in his song No woman No Cry, and who prepared sumptuous meals for them in Trench Town when they were children.
Georgie, whose first name was George Headley Robinson, died Wednesday in Kingston at the age of 84.
On Thursday, Ziggy Marley posted a video of his older sister Sharon tenderly stroking Georgie’s head as he sat in a chair. Ziggy wrote enthusiastically about the culinary acumen of the late octogenarian, as well as the good treatment he gave him and his siblings as children.
“I must pay tribute to him. He was really doing exactly what Bob said. Dude we enjoyed his cornmeal and sweet potato puddings, his porridge and boiled eggs, his stories and yes he always had a fire burning as the young people gathered around him and ate some great food Ziggy wrote.
“JAH brings his energy to the source, memories of him live with us. “and Georgie would light the fire …” he added.
On her own page, Sharon had posted an image of Georgie standing in front of a thatched hut and had greeted her as a “beloved”.
“Rest, Fiyaman… Zion awaits all of its fallen soldiers. Thank you for your years of #service and #wordsofwisdom. Jah !! #pompier #georgia # beloved # real #rastaman
Their younger sister Cedella also posted the video of Georgie and Sharon and paid tribute to her.
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Georgie had resided for many years in Marley’s residence at 56 Old Hope Road in St Andrew, which now houses the Bob Marley Museum.
Stephen, the youngest of the four, posted a photo of Georgie posing in front of a mural dedicated to her on the Hope Road property with a joint between her fingers.
“I remember when we were sitting, in the government yard in Trench Town, oh, yeah and then Georgie would light the fire,” he noted, citing the lyrics mentioning Georgie, in No woman No Cry.
“Keep the fire alight Georgie,” Stephen added.
Speaking to the Jamaica Observer newspaper after Georgie’s death, Sharon described him as “an extension of his father” and said he was left to look after the family after the death of the icon of the reggae in 1981.
Like Ziggy, she also remembered Georgie’s cooking, noting that he made the tastiest fish tea ever.
“He made the best fish tea. All we had to say was come and he would hop on his bike and head to Greenwich Town for the freshest fish when the boats arrived, ”she told the newspaper.
“Then there were the cornmeal and sweet potato puddings… the best. He did the mission assigned to him and did it well. Its time has come to move in with the ancestors. Glad his transition went well and it wasn’t COVID or something like that. We give thanks, ”she added.
No woman No Cry is ranked 37th among Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It has been covered 68 times by artists such as Nina Simone, Jimmy Cliff, The Fugees, Boney M, Hugh Masekela, Ken Boothe, PM Dawn and sampled in 18 songs by artists such as Cocoa Tea, Public Enemy, Sanchez and Alley Cat. .
Most of the lyrics were composed by Vincent “Tata” Ford, the man who taught Bob to play the guitar after leaving his hometown of St. Ann to live with his mother in Trench Town.
No woman No Cry was recorded in 1974 and released on the Natty dread studio albums.
One year later the live recording of the album track Live! which took place at the Lyceum Theater in London during Marley’s Natty Dread tour, was released as a single. The song, which eventually became the best-known version, was later included on several compilation albums, including the iconic Legend.