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September 14, 1974, “I Shot the Sheriff" Hits #1 On Billboard’s Top 100 Chart - Today In Crime History

On this day, September 14, in 1974, the song “I Shot the Sheriff” was named Billboard magazine’s number one single in the United States.   While the song was written by reggae legend Bob Marley, it was Eric Clapton's version that achieved the top ranking in the music charts.

Crime and murder have been the subject of popular recorded music since the invention of the phonograph. "Stagger Lee," was one of the 20th century's first crime related hits. The lyrics, in which the theft of a Stetson hat leads to the death of a family man, were based on an actual murder that occurred in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1894.  Over the years, versions of the song have been recorded by many musical groups, including, the Grateful Dead.

Another early crime related musical hit was "White House Blues," which recounted the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901.   It has become a bluegrass standard.  Country and folk songs often feature murder as a theme as well.  The Louvin Brothers had a national hit in the 1950s with "Knoxville Girl," a story-song in which the protagonist kills his girlfriend.  Johnny Cash sang of killing a man "just to watch him die" in "Folsom Prison Blues."

In the 1990s, crime became a common theme of rap music too.  Ice-T's "Cop Killer" generated a national controversy when many law enforcement groups pressured Warner Brothers to stop the release of the record.  In at least two separate murder trials, defendant’s have claimed that the violent imagery of Tupac Shakur's lyrics provoked them to kill police officers.  Both juries, however, rejected those arguments.

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