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Eric Clapton had a number 1 hit with ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ (1974)

Eric Clapton had a number 1 hit with ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ (1974)

“I Shot The Sheriff” was written and originally recorded by Bob Marley in 1973. Clapton heard it when a member of his band played the Bob Marley album for him and convinced him to record it. Clapton didn’t want to use this song on the album because he thought it might seem disrespectful to Marley. Eric spoke with Bob Marley about the song, he said “I tried to ask him what the song was all about, but couldn’t understand much of his reply. I was just relieved that he liked what we had done”. Members of his band and management convinced him that it should not only go on the album, but also be released as a single.

Activity Ideas:

  • Puzzle it out with a Eric Clapton word search – here
  • Watch Eric perform this classic hit – here
  • And watch the Bob Marley and The Wailers sing the hit live – here
  • Which hit do you prefer? Discuss and see if everyone agrees!