Tragic Characters in Music

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Johnny in "Johnny Was a Good Man" by Bob Marley

Bob Marley did a lot to speak out against violence using riddims. One song in particular opens with the story of Johnny, who was shot and killed by a stray bullet. For much of the remainder of the song, Johnny's mother held her head and cried, "Johnny was a good man!" (Photo: Michael Putland/Getty Images)

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