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450. Bob Marley and the Wailers, 'I Shot the Sheriff'

Writer: Marley
Producer: Chris Blackwell
Released: Oct. '73, Island
did not chart

Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer saved some of their prettiest falsetto harmonies for one of the group's toughest songs. Inspired by the Impressions' "Keep On Pushin'," Marley originally had the song's outlaw hero say, "I shot the police," but imagined the song would be more government-friendly if he changed it to the revenge killing of a single sheriff.

Appears on: Burnin' (Island)


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