I Shot The Sheriff

On this date in 1974, Eric Clapton had the number one song in the country.  “I Shot the Sheriff“ , a song written by Bob Marley, told from the point of view of a man who admits to having killed the local sheriff, but claims to be falsely accused of having killed the deputy sheriff. He also claims to have acted in self defense when the sheriff tried to shoot him. The song was first released in 1973 on The Wailers’ album Burnin’ Marley explained his intention as follows: “I want to say ‘I shot The Police’ but the government would have made a fuss so I said ‘I shot the sheriff’ instead… but it’s the same idea: justice.” Clapton’s version of the song, from his album “461 Ocean Boulevard“, was clearly the most successful reaching the top of the charts on this date in 1974.  I thought it might be fun though to take a look at the original from Marley.


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