Sir Ringo Starr, Star Wars actor Mark Hamill, and Saturday Night Live comedians Fred Armisen and Vanessa Bayer are among the famous faces to feature in the first ever official music video for George Harrison’s solo song My Sweet Lord.
The video has been produced to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Harrison’s first solo project after The Beatles were no more, the triple album All Things Must Pass.
More than 40 famous faces from the worlds of music, TV, film and comedy star in the piece, which was written and directed by Lance Bangs, who has created videos for the likes of Nirvana, Arcade Fire and Kanye West.
The video stars former SNL players Armisen and Bayer as metaphysical special agents who are tasked by the head of a clandestine agency, played by Hamill, to ‘search for that which can’t be seen’.
Throughout the video, other agents team up and at one stage Armisen collaborates with Glee actor Darren Criss as they search through a cinema, which leads to Armisen getting popcorn thrown in his face by Sir Ringo for getting in the way while he is trying to watch the screen.
George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr of The Beatles in 1965 (Picture: Bettmann Archive)
Sir Ringo’s cameo (Picture: YouTube)
Hamill kicks off the music video (Picture: YouTube)
Harrison’s wife Olivia Harrison and their son Dhani Harrison, who was an executive producer on the project, also appear in scenes with actress Aimee Mullins and actor Rupert Friend.
Other appearances include musician Jeff Lynne, who worked closely with Harrison in the late 1980s, as well as Good Omens star Jon Hamm and Rosanna Arquette.
The video also features cameos from musicians Joe Walsh, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, Reggie Watts, and comedians Moshe Kasher, Natasha Leggero and Patton Oswalt.
Comedy duos Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim and Garfunkel and Oates (Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci) can also be spotted.
ir Ringo pops up again to show off his drumming skills (Picture: YouTube)
(Picture: Bayer and Armisen are the video’s main charcters)
Jon Hamm’s cameo is brief (Picture: YouTube)
Harrison released All Things Must Pass in 1970, his first post-Fab Four solo project, having previously released the albums Wonderwall Music in 1968 and 1969’s Electronic Sound before The Beatles broke up.
A special 50th anniversary edition of the classic record was released in August with a new mix of the original tapes by Grammy Award-winning musician Paul Hicks, overseen by executive producer Dhani Harrison.
It was announced in 2018 that the solo single My Sweet Lord had topped a chart of the most played songs this century that were released on The Beatles’ Apple Records label.
The track, which was Harrison’s only solo number one single, received more public airplay since 2000 than Imagine by John Lennon and the Liverpool band’s Hey Jude.
Harrison, who was The Beatles’ lead guitarist, died in 2001 at the age of 58.