Today, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley dropped his latest single, a cover of George Harrison’s timeless classic, “My Sweet Lord.” The release of the cover coincides with the 52nd anniversary of Harrison’s historic Concert for Bangladesh, which is etched into the annals of music history as the first major benefit concert ever held, with appearances by Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and more.
In his rendition of the iconic All Things Must Pass cut, Marley infuses the track with his signature reggae soul, employing slowed-down rhythms and infectious, elastic beats – taking the familiar timeless aura and spirit of his legendary father, Bob Marley. As the iconic slide lead guitar resonates, the listener is transported back to the euphoria of Harrison’s original 1971 recording, while Marley’s soothing and soulful timbre adds a new dimension, complemented by intermittent horn flourishes and subbing “Haile Haile” for “hare krishna” and “krishna krishna.”
The connection between Harrison and the elder and late Marley is a storied one. Harrison was an avid fan and friend of Bob Marley & The Wailers, catching their performances at the Roxy in Los Angeles on several occasions. Famously, during the Roxy concerts, Harrison went backstage to meet the reggae legend and photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker captured their greeting, as Harrison iconically said to Marley, “Ras Beatle!”
Damian’s rendition of “My Sweet Lord” showcases his artistry and reverence for musical legends. The single marks a significant milestone for the talented artist as it is his first release under his own label, Ghetto Youths International, a venture he shares with his equally gifted brothers, Stephen and Julian Marley.
Listen to Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley’s cover of “My Sweet Lord” below.