Hard Rock Cafe Memorabilia
Some artists are so culturally significant that they transcend pop stardom altogether. No one personifies this more than Rasta icon Bob Marley. The check on display is from Bob’s Tuff Gong Productions and was signed by Marley himself. It was made out to Ace Music – a south Florida instrument retailer.
Hohner 20 Harmonica
This classic Hohner Special 20 harmonica was donated to the Hard Rock collection by laid-back icon Jimmy Buffett. In 1996, Jimmy’s seaplane was shot at by police here in Jamaica when it was mistakenly identified as a drug smuggling plane. Bono from U2 was on board with Jimmy at the time and described it as “like being in the middle of a James Bond movie.” Buffett later wrote the song “Jamaica Mistaica” about the incident.
If I Were a Carpenter Lyrics
Country legend Johnny Cash signed this copy of Tim Hardin’s classic “If I were a Carpenter” – a song Cash often covered. Johnny and June Carter Cash owned the ‘Cinnamon Hill’ plantation here in Montego Bay for many years. The property is rumored to be haunted and Johnny wrote the song “The Ballad of Annie Palmer” about the area’s most famous ghost.
The Rolling Stones
Between 1969 and 1972 the Rolling Stones released ‘Let It Bleed’, ‘Sticky Fingers’ and ‘Exile on Main Street’ – three of the best rock ’n’ roll records ever and the creative pinnacle of their career. During this incredibly fertile time, legendary Stones guitarist Keith Richards owned these stylish trousers. Keith’s love of Jamaica is well documented and he’s owned a home here since the ‘70s.