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ERIC CLAPTON, STEPHEN & DAMIAN MARLEY GET TOGETHER FOR “EVERY LITTLE THING!”

BY KEVIN JACKSON—-

MARLEY brothers, Damian and Stephen, recently worked on a ‘one drop’ remix of rock legend Eric Clapton’s latest song Every Little Thing, taken from his current album Old Sock.

According to Scott Seine, general manager of Surfdog, the company that manages Clapton, the collaboration emerged from a business relationship with Damian.

Top: Stephen Marley, Bottom: Eric Clapton

“I reached out to Damian because of the obvious reggae connection and history between Eric and Bob Marley and thought that there would be some magic,” said Seine. “When Damian heard the track, he instantly loved the idea.”

The siblings share production credit for the remix, which Seine says will be serviced to mainstream radio in the US with a lyric video uploaded to YouTube. A limited-edition 12-inch vinyl single is to be released.

Clapton has a long association with reggae. In 1974, he covered Bob Marley’s I Shot the Sheriff, which became his only number one solo single in the United States.

The track was featured on his album, 461 Ocean Boulevard, which sold over one million copies. It also helped reggae reach a mass market in the US.

The following year, Clapton came to Jamaica to record a reggae album titled There’s One in Every Crowd.

Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley

The 68-year-old guitarist/singer is the only three-time inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: as a solo artist, and separately as a member of influential British rock bands, The Yardbirds and Cream.

Along with Jimi Hendrix, he is the most influential guitarist in rock music.

The winner of 17 Grammy Awards, Clapton’s hits include Layla, Cocaine, Change the World and Tears in Heaven.

 

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