It was first recorded in a ska style by Marley’s original group, The Wailers in 1965 and was released as a single.
This version was later included on their first singles compilation The Wailing Wailers in 1966.
It was rerecorded as part of the 1970 medley All In One, which contained reggae reworkings of their early ska songs.
This was released as a single and is also included on the compilation African Herbsman under the name “All in One”.
The version on Exodus was not released as a single until 1984, after Bob Marley’s passing.
However, it became one of his biggest hits and has been included on many of their compilation albums.
The posthumous music video was created for the song in 1984 to accompany the Bob Marley & The Wailers compilation album, Legend.
It combines footage of a young British boy, Jesse Lawrence, in London and archival footage of Marley.
It also features several cameo appearances including Paul McCartney, two members of Bananarama, the members of the reggae group, Musical Youth, and Suggs and Chas Smash of Madness; some of the short clips in this video are also in Madness’ video for their song “[[The Return of the Los Palmas 7]”].
The song was also released alongside the video and gave Marley a posthumous UK hit when it reached number 5 in June.
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