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.