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Jimmy Cliff, real name James Chambers OM (Jamaica) (born April 1, 1948, in St Catherine, Jamaica) is a Jamaican reggae musician, best known among mainstream audiences for songs like "Sittin' in Limbo", "You Can Get It If You Really Want" and "Many Rivers to Cross" from The Harder They Come, a film soundtrack which helped break reggae into markets across the world. Image File history File links JimmyCliff. ... The Order of Merit is the third highest honor conferred by the nation of Jamaica. ... April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 274 days remaining. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... There are five St. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... Mainstream is, generally, the common current of thought of the majority. ... A song is a relatively short musical composition for the human voice (commonly accompanied by other musical instruments), which features words (lyrics). ... Many Rivers to Cross is the name of a song written by Jimmy Cliff. ... The Harder They Come is a 1972 Jamaican movie starring the reggae singer Jimmy Cliff, who plays Ivanhoe Martin, and directed by Perry Henzel. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as... // In film formats, the sound track is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ...

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Career

Cliff's career took off after his "Hurricane Hattie" became a hit; it was produced by Leslie Kong, with whom Cliff would remain until Kong's death. Later hit singles included "King of Kings" and "Pride and Passion", which never sold well outside Jamaica. In 1964, Cliff was chosen as one of the Jamaican representatives at the World's Fair, and Cliff soon signed to Island Records and moved to Britain. His international debut album was Hard Road to Travel, which received excellent reviews and included "Waterfall", a Brazilian hit that won the International Song Festival. In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... Leslie Kong (1933–August 9, 1971) ran the Beverleys label. ... See also: 1963 in music, other events of 1964, 1965 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 1 - Top of the Pops premieres on BBC television. ... Worlds Fair is any of various large expositions held since the mid-19th century. ... Island Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group and is operated through The Island Def Jam Music Group. ... A debut album is the first released record album by an artist or a band. ...


"Waterfall" was followed by "Wonderful World, Beautiful People" and "Vietnam", both popular throughout most of the world. Folk rock singer-songwriter Bob Dylan even called "Vietnam" the best protest song he'd ever heard. Wonderful World included a cover of "Wild World" (Cat Stevens), which was a success in 1970. Bob Dylans folk-rock album, Blonde on Blonde Folk-rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, musician, and poet who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. ... A protest song is a song intended to protest perceived problems in society such as injustice, racial discrimination, war, globalization, inflation, social inequalities, incarceration, the Greenhouse effect, the global warming. ... Wonderful World may mean: the song What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong the album Wonderful World (1984) by Telex the album Wonderful World (2004) by Eva Cassidy This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Wild World is a song written by Cat Stevens. ... Yusuf Islam [1] (born Steven Demetre Georgiou on 21 July 1948 in London, England) performed under the name Cat Stevens from 1966 to 1978. ... See also: other events of 1970 list of years in music 1970s in music // Charles Wuorinen, aged 32, becomes the youngest composer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. ...


Leslie Kong died of a heart attack in 1971. The soundtrack to The Harder They Come (a Reggae film that also starred Cliff) was a huge success that sold well across the world, but did not break Cliff into the mainstream. After a series of albums, Cliff took a break and traveled to Africa, exploring his newfound Muslim spirituality. He quickly returned to music, touring for several years before he recorded with Kool & the Gang for Power & the Glory (1983). (During the 1981 River Tour, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band added Cliff's little-known "Trapped" to their live set; it achieved great prominence when included on 1985's We Are the World benefit album.) The follow-up, Cliff Hanger (1985) won a Grammy, though it was his last major success in the U.S. until 1993. He continued to sell well in Jamaica and, to a lesser extent, the UK, returning to the mainstream pop charts in the U.S. and elsewhere with a version of Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now" on the Cool Runnings film soundtrack in 1993. Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ... See also: 1970 in music, other events of 1971, 1972 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // February 8 - Bob Dylans hour-long documentary film, Eat the Document, premieres at New Yorks Academy of Music. ... The Harder They Come is a 1972 Jamaican movie starring the reggae singer Jimmy Cliff, who plays Ivanhoe Martin, and directed by Perry Henzel. ... An album (from Latin albus white, blank, relating to a blank book in which something can be inserted) is a packaged collection of related things. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa. ... Islam (Arabic:  ) is a monotheistic religion based upon the teachings of Muhammad, a 7th century Arab religious and political figure. ... Allegory of Music on the Opéra Garnier Music is an art form that involves organized sounds and silence. ... Kool & the Gang is a highly successful R&B/soul/funk/disco group. ... Power & the Glory is the fifth studio album by heavy metal band Saxon released in 1983 (see 1983 in music). ... See also: 1982 in music, other events of 1983, 1984 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events The most long-term influential release of 1983 is probably Head over Heels by the Cocteau Twins, which sold poorly upon its initial release. ... The River Tour was a concert tour featuring Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band that took place in 1980 and 1981, beginning concurrently with the release of Springsteens album The River. ... Bruce Springsteen (born September 23, American singer and songwriter, nicknamed The Boss. He frequently recorded with The E-Street Band. ... We Are the World was a 1985 album that contained USA for Africas We Are the World superstar charity recording for famine relief efforts in Ethiopia. ... See also: other events of 1985 Musical groups established in 1985 Record labels established in 1985 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... See also: 1993 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1993 Record labels established in 1993 other events of 1993 list of years in music 1990s in music // January 8 - The U.S. Postal service issues an Elvis Presley stamp. ... Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and are disseminated by one or more of the mass media. ... John Lester Nash Jr. ... I Can See Clearly Now is a song written and recorded by Johnny Nash. ... Cool Runnings is a 1993 comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...


In 2002, Cliff released his new album, Fantastic Plastic People in Europe, after first providing free downloads using Delacove's People Music Media p2p software. This album featured collaborations with Joe Strummer, Annie Lennox, and Sting as well as new songs that were very reminiscent of Cliff's original hits. In 2004 Cliff completely reworked the songs, dropping the traditional reggae in favor of an electronica sound, for inclusion in Black Magic. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... World map showing Europe Political map (neighboring countries in Asia and Africa also shown) Europe is one of the seven traditional continents of the Earth. ... This article is about the computer terms. ... A peer-to-peer (or P2P) computer network is a network that relies on the computing power and bandwidth of the participants in the network rather than concentrating it in a relatively few servers. ... John Graham Mellor (August 21, 1952 – December 22, 2002) better known as Joe Strummer, was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead singer of the English punk rock band The Clash, and later The Mescaleros. ... Ann Griselda Lennox (born 25 December 1954) is an Oscar, Brit, Grammy and Golden Globe award-winning Scottish pop musician and vocalist. ... For professional wrestler Steve Borden, see Sting (wrestler). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Electronica is a term that covers a wide range of electronic or electronic-influenced music. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Jimmy Cliff has also covered the famous African song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... The Lion Sleeps Tonight began as a 1939 African popular music hit Mbube that, in modified versions, also became a hit in the US and UK. Mbube (Zulu for lion) was first recorded by its writer, Solomon Linda, and his group, The Evening Birds, in 1939. ...


Trivia

About the song "One Cup of Coffee" www.bobmarley.com says: "It would appear that Leslie Kong changed the name of Bob Marley to the almost kitsch Bobby Martell, the name that appeared on the Beverley's label, in much the same way that he changed James Chambers to Jimmy Cliff." Leslie Kong (1933–August 9, 1971) ran the Beverleys label. ... Leslie Kong (1933–August 9, 1971) was a Chinese Jamaican reggae record producer. ...


Cover versions of Jimmy Cliff songs

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Album discography

  • Hard Road to Travel (January 1968)
  • Jimmy Cliff (December 1969)
  • Another Cycle (September 1971)
  • Unlimited (August 1973)
  • The Harder They Come (1973)
  • Struggling Man (June 1974)
  • House of Exile (December 1974)
  • Brave Warrior (1975)
  • Follow My Mind (November 1975)
  • In Concert: The Best of Jimmy Cliff (1976)
  • Give Thanx (1978)
  • I Am The Living (July 1980)
  • Give the People What They Want (September 1981)
  • Special (July 1982)
  • The Power and the Glory (October 1983)
  • Cliff Hanger (August 1985)
  • Club Paradise (1986)
  • Hanging Fire (March 1988)
  • Images (October 1989)
  • Save Our Planet Earth (October 1990)
  • Higher and Higher (May 1998)
  • Humanitarian (June 1999)
  • Fantastic Plastic People (2002)
  • Black Magic (2004)

1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... The soundtrack to the film The Harder They Come was released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • Interview with Graham Brown-Martin for Air Jamaica's Skywritings Magazine
  • of jimmy cliff in birmingham uk/oomgallery/pogus caesar
  • Jimmy Cliff biography at the All Music Guide website

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