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Bob Marley Hired Gambino Mobsters For Protection During NYC Concerts

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Jul. 28 2017, Published 9:53 a.m. ET

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Reggae icon Bob Marley hired Gambino mob soldiers to watch his back during his landmark 1980 shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden, according to a new biography.

Roger Steffens, author of So Much Things to Say, claims the "I Shot the Sheriff singer" — who still carried a failed assassin's bullet in his arm from an earlier attack in his native Jamaica — paid the Mafia for protection because he feared another ambush.

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According to Steffens, Marley brokered the deal with the late Joe (Piney) Armone at Sparks Steak House — the future site of crime boss Paul Castellano's rubout, just five years later.

The wise guys did their job — but no one could save Marley from the cancer that took his life the very next year.

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