Which Version Is Best? I Shot The Sheriff

Bob Marley and Eric Clapton

In 1974, Eric Clapton scored a US No.1 with his version of the Bob Marley song 'I Shot The Sheriff' but which do you prefer?

The Original: Bob Marley And The Wailers

This song released in 1963 tells the story of a man wrongly accused of shooting the deputy, when IN FACT he shot the sheriff. Bob Marley has said that some of the story IS actually true but he didn't say which part!

In the 2001 documentary 'The Life of Bob Marley', Esther Anderson who was Marley's girlfriend, claimed the song is actually about birth control. Interesting...

The song only charted at number 67 in the UK charts.


The Cover: Eric Clapton

Clapton had much more luck with this song, scoring his only number one with it.

His success with the song helped introduce Bob Marley to a whole new audience.

In 2003, Clapton's version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame.