Bob Marley died 30 years ago today. Given how thoroughly Marley’s laid-back rhythms permeate music today, it’s hard to believe it’s been that long. The reggae sound seems to creep into everything these days, from popular hip-hop to blog-friendly beach-pop to the soul revival.
Once again confirming its reputation as the best late night show for music, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is honoring Marley this whole week with special covers. The first two are below. Fittingly, son Ziggy kicked things off Monday by playing his dad’s “Get Up, Stand Up.” Then, last night, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell stripped things back with a ragged acoustic “Redemption Song.” They don’t exactly reinvent the wheel, but on an occasion like this, channeling the man and his music more than suffices. Watch both below, then scroll further to see what’s on tap the rest of the week.
Ziggy Marley – Get Up, Stand Up (Bob Marley cover)
Chris Cornell – Redemption Song (Bob Marley cover)
Wednesday: Jakob Dylan, “I Shot the Sherriff” and Jennifer Hudson, “No Woman, No Cry”
Thursday: Lauren Hill, TBA [probably “Rastaman Chant”]
Friday: Lenny Kravitz, “No More Trouble”