May 15, 2006

Judge dismisses suit by Bob Marley bass player

LONDON (Reuters) - London's High Court has dismissed a
lawsuit filed by Bob Marley's bass guitarist Aston "Family Man"
Barrett, who was seeking 60 million pounds ($113 million) in
unpaid royalties from Island Records and the Marley family.

Barrett, who has 52 children, had testified that he and his
brother Carlton Barrett, a drummer who was murdered in 1985,
did not receive much money following Marley's death from cancer
in 1981.

But Mr Justice Lewison dismissed the suit in a ruling at
London's High Court on Monday.

Marley's family welcomed the decision.

"It is good to see our position vindicated," it said in a
statement. "Now that the action is over the family want to
concentrate on keeping Bob's legacy alive and to introduce new
generations to his music."

The Barrett brothers played on numerous albums by reggae
band Bob Marley and the Wailers, including "Natty Dread,"
"Rastaman Vibration" and "Babylon by Bus."

During the trial, Marley's widow Rita and Island Records
founder Chris Blackwell played down the contributions of the
brothers and said Aston Barrett surrendered his right to
further royalties in a 1994 agreement.

Island Records is part of Universal Music Group, the
world's biggest music company, and a unit of France's Vivendi.