The Number Ones: Eric Clapton's “I Shot The Sheriff” - Stereogum

Billboard #1 Hits: #336: “I Shot The Sheriff”- Eric Clapton. September 14, 1974. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: “I Shot The Sheriff”- Eric Clapton
  • Record Company-RSO
  • Genre: Reggae, Rock
  • Written by Bob Marley
  • Time: 3:30
  • B-side:”Give Me Strength”
  • Album- 461 Ocean Boulevard
  • Grade: A
  • Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. #9 in UK Singles Chart. #1 in Canada and New Zealand.

Written and originally recorded by reggae great Bob Marley a year later Eric Clapton recorded it adding a little rock to the song- and took it to #1- also helped draw some much needed attention to the great Bob Marley. At first Clapton didn’t even want to put the song on his album let alone release it as a single because he didn’t want to be disrespectful to Marley but band members and management convinced him to. I am sure Marley didn’t complain! There was a kid I knew growing up- with the last name Sheriff. Needless to say he was tortured for a year or so with this song. Even worse for him- he didn’t take it well. All you had to do was yell “I Shot The Sheriff” and he’d flip out. In a baseball game in which he was pitching he hit me with a pitch- due to my yelling it out. We won the game.

11 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #336: ” I SHOT THE SHERIFF”- ERIC CLAPTON – SEPTEMBER 14, 1974

    • He didn’t throw that hard. He never had good control as it was- if I remember correctly he missed me on the first pitch.

    • That is good…so no baseball seam pattern left on you.

      I always felt so guilty when I hit someone…and wouldn’t you know it…the first girl I remember facing while pitching…yep I hit her. Made her cry and I felt terrible. I only hit probably 2 batters the years I pitched.

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