“I Shot the Sheriff” is a song about a man who shoots the sheriff and claims it was in self defense. He also claims that he is being falsely accused of shooting the deputy. It has been interpreted in many different ways, but most people agree that it has strong themes surrounding justice and redemption. The song was originally meant to be titled “I Shot the Police,” but the writer decided it would cause too much controversy and changed the name. If you have ever wondered who sang this song, keep reading to find out.
Who sang “I Shot the Sheriff”?
The original version of “I Shot the Sheriff” was written and sung by the famous Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician, Bob Marley. The song was released in 1973 by the band called The Wailers on their album titled Burnin’. The album reached number 151 on the charts and has since been listed as one of the 500 greatest albums of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. The song was later released as a single.
Many cover versions of the song have been sung by various artists, but the most well known and successful cover version was recorded by Eric Clapton in 1974. It was immensely popular and made it to number one in 3 different countries. It was Eric Clapton’s only number 1 hit in the United States. The song has also been covered in at least 5 different languages.