Bob Marley & The Wrailers – I Shot The Sheriff

Nesta Robert Marley (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer-songwriter who achieved international fame through a series of crossover reggae albums. Starting out in 1963 with the group the Wailers, he forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences worldwide. The Wailers would go on to release some of the earliest reggae records with producer Lee Scratch Perry. After the Wailers disbanded in 1974, Marley pursued a solo career which culminated in the release of the album Exodus in 1977 which established his worldwide reputation. He was a committed Rastafarian who infused his music with a profound sense of spirituality. [Text from Wikipedia]

I Shot The Sheriff is a song originally written by Bob Marley, told from the point of view of a narrator who admits to having killed the local sheriff, and claims to be falsely accused of having killed the deputy sheriff. The narrator also claims to have acted in self-defense when the sheriff tried to shoot him. The song was first released in 1973 on The Wailers‘ album Burnin‘. Marley explained his intention as follows: „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.“ [From Wikipedia]

Aston Barrett (born Aston Francis Barrett, 22 November 1946 in Kingston, Jamaica), often called „Family Man“ or „Fams“ for short, is a Jamaican bass player and Rastafarian.

He was one of the Barrett brothers (the other being Carlton „Carly“ Barrett) who played with Bob Marley and The Wailers, The Hippy Boys, and Lee Perry’s The Upsetters. It has been stated that Aston was the ‚leader‘ of the backing band and responsible for many, if not all bass lines on Bob Marley’s greatest hits, as well as having been active in co-producing Marley’s albums and responsible for most overall song arrangements.

Barrett continues to tour with and lead The Wailers Band, who carry Marley’s torch in the music world by performing his songs with several original band members. Barrett has support from Marley’s fan base to this day, despite his legal wrangling with the Marley family.

In 2012 he received a Lifetime Achievement award from Bass Player magazine.

[From Wikipedia]

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