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Jimmy Cliff

Born in Jamaica, Jimmy Cliff conquered the reggae and ska scene throughout the front half of the 1960s. Signing with Island Records in 1967, this artist/multi-instrumentalist/actor moved to the UK and released Hard Road To Travel, which marked the beginning of his international crossover.

He continued to ascend throughout the 1970s and ’80s, bringing reggae to the masses in the hit movie The Harder They Come, while logging hits such as “Wonderful World, Beautiful People,” “Many Rivers to Cross,” “You Can Get It If You Really Want,” and “Vietnam.” In the ’90s, he popped up on prominent soundtracks, including 1993’s cover of Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now” for Cool Runnings and 1995’s “Hakuna Matata” in The Lion King.

Come 2010, Cliff was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which kicked off another prolific streak of recording and touring. He also maintains the distinction of being the only living artist holding the Order of Merit, which is the most prestigious arts and sciences honor awarded by the Jamaican government.

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