On this day in music history: September 14, 19…

On this day in music history: September 14, 1974 – “I Shot The Sheriff” by Eric Clapton hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written by Bob Marley, it is biggest hit for the veteran rock guitarist from Ripley, Surrey, UK. Originally recorded by The Wailers on their album “Burnin’” released in 1973, guitarist George Terry plays The Wailers album during the recording sessions (at Criteria Studios in Miami) which inspires the band to record “I Shot The Sheriff”. At first, Clapton is hesitant to put the song on the album, but he is persuaded by the others and producer Tom Dowd to include it. Clapton’s cover version of the song is the first single released from the “461 Ocean Boulevard” album in June of 1974, and takes off quickly. Entering the Hot 100 at #76 on July 13, 1974, it climbs to the top of the chart nine weeks later. The success of “Sheriff” and the album mark a major return to form for the guitarist having overcome his addiction to heroin during the previous year, and also gives Bob Marley major exposure that brings him worldwide fame for his own band. “Sheriff” is re-released in the UK in 1982 to promote the best selling hits compilation “Timepieces – The Best Of Eric Clapton”. The reissued single re-charts, peaking at #64 on the UK singles chart. The song is later sampled by EPMD on their hit “Strictly Business, with Warren G. in turn sampling EPMD on the remix version of his cover of "Sheriff”.  Clapton’s recording is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2003. “I Shot The Sheriff” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.