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"I Shot The Sheriff" is a song written by Bob Marley. It is a song about justice, innocence and defiance, first released on Marley's 1973 album, Burnin'.
This was the last single Marley released with original Wailers Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, who left to pursue solo careers later that year.
Eric Clapton recorded a cover version that was included on his 1974 album, 461 Ocean Boulevard, and featured backing vocals by Yvonne Elliman. It topped the American pop charts for a week in the summer of 1974; it was the only version of a Marley song to do so during his lifetime. The founders of Rock Against Racism claimed that his recording of this song was some what ironic given that he was to go on to making rasist remarks at a concert