Aston "Familyman" Barrett, the bass player for Bob Marley and the Wailers, has lost a $113.6 million lawsuit over royalties
Aston Barrett, the former bass player for Bob Marley and The Wailers, has lost a $113.6 million lawsuit over royalties and song-writing credits that pitted him against Island Records and the Marley family.
As for everybody to know, Barrett testified on his lawsuit that Marley had promised band members, including Barrett and his brother, Carlton Barrett, the band's drummer who was murdered in 1985, equal shares of royalties from three albums: "Natty Dread," "Rastaman Vibration" and "Babylon by Bus."
Unfortunately, he and his brother Carlton did not receive the money they were due following Marley's death from cancer in 1981.
Though so, Mr Justice Kim Lewison dismissed the suit in a ruling at London's High Court on Monday May 15th, 2006, as a result of which Barrett will be liable for court costs and may be forced to sell two properties in Jamaica as a result of the ruling.