About Jimmy Cliff
Talk about a real living legend. Jimmy Cliff is the only living musician to hold the Order of Merit, the highest honor that can be granted by the Jamaican government for achievements in the arts and sciences. Oddly enough, outside of reggae circles, he is perhaps better known for his film work than his music.
It's true that Cliff, who was born in St. Catherine, Jamaica, really never quite managed to make it 'big.' He certainly seemed poised to break out in the 1960s and early '70s, when his work with producer "Hurricane Hattie" netted a string of hits. Among them, singles like "Miss Jamaica," "King of Kings" and "One Eyed Jacks" were later picked up by Island Records.
Cliff ultimately relocated to Britain with his star on the rise, and in 1968 released his debut album, "Hard Road." It won the International Song Festival with "Waterfall," a song that ultimately became a smash hit in Brazil, and in 1969 the cut "Wonderful World, Beautiful People" stood as the singer's larger international breakthrough. It climbed to No. 6 on the British charts, and reached the Top 25 in the U.S., and by the time the new album "Wonderful World," was released it was critically acclaimed.
Cliff's acting debut came in the film "The Harder They Come." Produced and written by Perry Henzell, the flick featured Cliff in the leading role and became an underground classic. Still, the U.S., didn't see the movie didn't see release until 1975, and by that time Cliff left Island's roster and signed to Reprise in the U.S. and EMI in the U.K., but didn't have much success on either label and his career was fairly stagnant after. A 2004 'comeback' album of sorts, "Black Magic," featured duets with the likes of Wyclef Jean and Sting. In 2012 he partnered with Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong for an album called "Rebirth," which critics considered Cliff's return to form. The legendary reggae man is back on tour and recently headlined the Beautiful Days festival.
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