Bob Marley's former bass player is fighting for a slice of the reggae great's royalties. Aston Barrett, bassist for Marley's band, The Wailers, is suing the late reggae legend's family and record label Universal-Island Records Ltd. for $105 million.
In his lawsuit filed in London's High Court, Barrett claims he is owed royalties from a 1974 contract with Island as well as earnings from songs he co-wrote with Marley. The suit was also brought on behalf of Barrett's late brother, Carlton Barrett, who played drums in the band.
"It was the Barretts' unique sound which brought the Wailers international success," lawyer Stephen Bate said. "The Barretts were the bedrock of the music." On the other hand, the record company tried to have the case thrown out because Barrett had already accepted a settlement.