‘I SHOT THE SHERIFF’ By ERIC CLAPTON – Topped The US Singles Chart 45 Years Ago Today…

Knockouts from the past

14 September 2019

Artist: Eric Clapton
Song: I Shot The Sheriff
Album: 461 Ocean Boulevard – released 1 July 1974
Note: The song was written, by Bob Marley in 1973 for his Burnin’ album.
The late great reggae icon explained the song as follows : “I wanted 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.

Success: Clapton’s cover hit the top spot of the American charts
on 14 September 1974, 45 years ago today

Here’s the album version…

And here a full orchestrated 2015 live version…


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