On August 31, 1974, Eric Clapton’s 461 Ocean Blvd. was #1 on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart for the third week in a row. The album, Clapton’s second solo release, received lukewarm reviews from critics and includes his only #1 single in the United States — a cover of Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff.”
The LP’s title refers to the address in Golden Beach, Fla., where Clapton lived while making the album.
My favorite track is the George Terry song titled “Mainline Florida.” Terry played guitar and sang on the album. By 1974, Clapton had overcome his heroin addiction. Some believe the song refers to that, but the Florida Turnpike is also known as the Mainline.