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Encyclopedia > I Shot the Sheriff
“I Shot the Sheriff”
“I Shot the Sheriff” cover
Single by Bob Marley & the Wailers
from the album Burnin'
Released 1973
Format 12"
Recorded Harry J. Studios, Kingston, Jamaica, April 1973
Genre Reggae
Length 4:41
Label Tuff Gong Records/Island Records
Writer(s) Bob Marley
Producer Chris Blackwell and The Wailers

"I Shot the Sheriff" is a song written by Bob Marley. The song was first released on The Wailers' album Burnin'. Image File history File links I_shotthesheriff. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Bob Marley Robert Nesta Marley (February 6, 1945 - May 11, 1981), better known as Bob Marley, was a singer, guitarist, songwriter and Rastafarian from the ghettos of Jamaica. ... Burnin is a roots reggae album by The Wailers, released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). ... The 12-inch single gramophone record gained popularity with the advent of disco music in the 1970s. ... The City of Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Reggae is an African Caribbean style of music developed on the island of Jamaica and is closely linked to the religion Rastafarianism, though not universally popular among its members. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Tuff Gong is a record label that was formed by the reggae group The Wailers in 1970 and named after Bob Marleys nickname. ... Island Records is a record label that was founded by British record producers in Jamaica. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the reggae musician. ... The Wailers was a ska, rocksteady and reggae group formed in Kingston, Jamaica in 1963, consisting of Junior Braithwaite, Beverley Kelso, Bunny Livingston (aka Bunny Wailer), Bob Marley, Peter McIntosh (aka Peter Tosh), and Cherry Smith. ... Burnin is a roots reggae album by The Wailers, released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). ...

Eric Clapton recorded a cover version that was included on his album, 461 Ocean Boulevard and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE[2] (born 30 March 1945) [3], nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... // In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... 461 Ocean Boulevard is a 1974 (see 1974 in music) album by blues rocker Eric Clapton. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ...

"I want to say 'I shot the police' but the government would have made a fuss so I said 'I shot the sheriff' instead... but it's the same idea: justice." — Bob Marley [1]

During the controversy over the Body Count song "Cop Killer", it was frequently pointed out that there were no similar complaints about Marley's song even though they had similar themes.[2] This article is about the musical group. ... Cop Killer is a controversial song by a North American Rapmetal and Hardcore punk band Body Count. ...

On EPMD's 1988 "Strictly Business" LP, the title track uses a sample of "I Shot the Sheriff" (Clapton's Version). EPMD is an American rap group from Brentwood, New York, active from 1987 to 1999; one of the prominent acts in East coast hip hop. ...

In 1997, rapper/producer Warren G covered the song for his Take a Look over Your Shoulder (Reality) album. Warren Griffin III (born November 10, 1970 in Long Beach, California) better known as Warren G, is an American West Coast rapper and hip hop producer. ...

In 2000, the song has been covered in a ska-punk version by Voodoo Glow Skulls on their album Symbolic. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Voodoo Glow Skulls are an underground third-wave ska band. ...

In 2004, Tom Morello, under his persona, The Nightwatchman, borrowed and changed lyrics from the song during his performance of Until the End, as part of the Axis of Justice Concert Series Volume 1. The lyrics he used were: "...three times I shot the sheriff; and did not spare the deputy". A studio version of the song was later released on his album One Man Revolution. Thomas Baptist Morello (born May 30, 1964), is a Grammy Award-winning American guitarist best known for his tenure with the bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, and as the acoustic artist The Nightwatchman, He was featured as one of 20 guitarists in Rolling Stone magazines The Top... The Nightwatchman is the alter-ego and solo act of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello. ... Axis of Justice is a non-profit organization co-founded by Serj Tankian (of System of a Down) and Tom Morello (from the band Rage Against the Machine and the now defunct Audioslave). ... Concert Series Volume 1 is a live CD/DVD by Axis of Justice and various other artists from their concert series. ... One Man Revolution is the 2007 debut album by The Nightwatchman, including many songs with themes of bitterness and revenge that refer to a world in turmoil, and was released on April 24. ...

Ziggy Marley, Bob's son, makes what seems to be a reference to the song when he sings "I stop the deputy, now you know" on the track 'Be Free' from his 2006 album Love Is My Religion. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Love Is My Religion is Ziggy Marleys second solo album, the first being Dragonfly, after the 2000 end of Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers. ...

Cover versions in other languages

Country Artist Title Translated title
Sweden Just D (1995) "Jag sköt sheriffen" "I shot the sheriff"

Just D pronounced Just Det in Swedish or Yussed Day in English is a defunct Swedish hip hop trio that consisted of three members Gurra G (Gustave Lund), Wille Crafoord and Pedda P (Peder Ernerot ). Their contribution to the Swedish hip hop scene is significant because they were the first... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ...


  1. ^ I Shot the Sheriff
  2. ^ Hamm, Mark; Ferrell, Jeff. Rap, cops, and crime: clarifying the 'cop killer' controversy. Retrieved on 2007-06-10.
Preceded by
"(You're) Having My Baby" by Paul Anka and Odia Coates
Billboard Hot 100 number one single (Eric Clapton version)
September 14, 1974
Succeeded by
"Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" by Barry White
Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 161st day of the year (162nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Paul Albert Anka, OC (born July 30, 1941, in Ottawa, Ontario) is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actor. ... Odia Coates (1942 - May 19, 1991) was an American singer. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... This is a list of number-one hits in the United States by year from the Billboard Hot 100. ... is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Cant Get Enough Of Your Love is a song performed by Taylor Dayne. ... Barry Eugene White (born Barrence Eugene Carter, September 12, 1944) – July 4, 2003) was a Grammy Award winning American record producer, songwriter and singer responsible for the creation of numerous hit soul and disco songs. ...

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