Jimmy Cliff

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2010

Inducted by: Wyclef Jean

Nominated in: 2010

First Eligible: 1993 Ceremony


Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2016 (ranked #231) .


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Jimmy Cliff (1969)
The Harder They Come (1972)

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Many Rivers To Cross (1969)
The Harder They Come (1972)

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If Bob Marley can get in, so should Jimmy Cliff. Kudos to this site for giving him a 39% Induction chance

Posted by Roberto Giovagnoni on Tuesday, 06.9.09 @ 20:54pm


http://www.rockhall.com/pressroom/nominees-for-2010-induction/

JIMMY CLIFF

Very few single albums can be said to have changed music forever. Jimmy Cliff’s The Harder They Come is one. The album – and the movie that spawned it – introduced reggae to a worldwide audience and changed the image of the genre from cruise ship soundtrack to music of rebellion and inspiration. “Sitting in Limbo,” “The Harder They Come,” “You Can Get It If You Really Want,” and “Many Rivers to Cross” made Jimmy Cliff the first international reggae superstar and created the model that Bob Marley would soon follow. A beautifully gifted singer and a uniquely influential songwriter, Jimmy Cliff has made a profound impact on rock and pop music all over the world for 40 years.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 09.23.09 @ 11:23am


It just goes to show you never know who is going to be picked.... lol

Posted by mrxyz on Thursday, 09.24.09 @ 05:14am


From Digital Dream Door

Jimmy Cliff

A welcome sight on the ballot, if only because reggae, the most identifiable non-U.S./U.K. strain of rock 'n' roll, has been on the outside looking in for a decade and a half following the automatic induction of Bob Marley in 1994. Cliff was one of reggae's iconic early figures, moving seamlessly from ska in the early 60's to the form that would capture the attention of much of the world by the 70's, a cause he helped greatly by starring in the landmark film, "The Harder They Come", which introduced reggae and Jamaican culture to Anglo audiences. Yet for all of his credentials Cliff takes as backseat to Toots Hibbert as reggae's most qualified artist awaiting induction, while non-performers Lee "Scratch" Perry, and Sly & Robbie who've yet to be inducted are also more deserving in their categories. Cliff, however, has the benefit of familiarity to the casual music audience the Hall seems to play to thanks to his acting appearance and ironically with his biggest American hit, a 1993 cover of the Johnny Nash reggae feel-good anthem "I Can See Clearly Now", that came long after Cliff had made his true mark on the rock world. If inducted it will be his seminal early work that will be, or should be, the focal point.

Qualifications: 6 - Strong Case To Be Made

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.2.09 @ 14:54pm


He did a killer version of "The Harder they Come" on SNL in its first season in 1975. Ironically, ABBA was also a musical guest in SNL's first season and the only guest to lip-sync for several decades.

Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 11.25.09 @ 16:57pm


Cliff's last big hit single was "We All Are One" from 1983. It was a big song on R&B radio stations that year.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Friday, 12.18.09 @ 12:55pm


Actually, Jimmy's last big hit was in 1993 when he did a cover of "I Can See Clearly Now".

Posted by Brian on Friday, 12.18.09 @ 14:15pm


Hey guys !!! The 1972 Jamaican crime film "The Harder They Come" can bee seen on You Tube in it's entirety. In different segments. Parts 1,2,3, and so on.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Monday, 12.21.09 @ 13:25pm


Choices for giving induction speech for Jimmy Cliff:

Ziggy Marley, Peter Tosh, Eddie Grant, Lenny Kravitz, Maxwell, UB40, U2

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 12.22.09 @ 12:29pm


Roy- do you have OCD?

Posted by Milestones on Tuesday, 12.22.09 @ 12:58pm


I think you're on to something, Milestones.

Posted by Keebord on Tuesday, 12.22.09 @ 13:00pm


If he does, just tell him he left a door unlocked...he'll be gone for days!

Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 12.22.09 @ 13:22pm


Shabba Ranks...

Posted by Joe-Skee on Tuesday, 12.22.09 @ 14:25pm


Don't go jumping on Roy's case. He's entitled to list away to his heart's delight. Every now and then he does hit on something truly worthwhile (the Digital Dream Door rankings were interesting, though I didn't necessarily need the descriptions that went with them).

Posted by Cheesecrop on Tuesday, 12.22.09 @ 14:50pm


Hey, gang...let's pile on to Cheesecrop instead! Where's the guy with those "pictures"....????

Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 12.22.09 @ 15:45pm


"Pictures?" Cheesecrop, don't tell me you pulled a Lindsay Lohan/Britney Spears/Daniel Radcliffe/Miley Cyrus/Adrienne Bailon/Your Mother/Santa Claus/Tooth Fairy??????

Posted by Milestones on Tuesday, 12.22.09 @ 16:13pm


There were at least several of us wearing lamp shades on our head that day, so those pictures can't prove a thing!

Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 12.23.09 @ 06:29am


I think it was the bright orange T-Shirt with the lime green letters "C-H-E-E-S-E-C-R-O-P" on it that gave you away...

Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 12.23.09 @ 07:53am


And don't forget about the bright turquoise pants and purple shoes, the combination of those two are a classic Cheesecrop outfit. It's what he wore on the cover of his sophomore album, "Zoroaster" which featured the single "Sultans of Swiss"

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 12.23.09 @ 09:01am


He also wears a turban on occasion and a vintage wrist sundial

Posted by The Drummer on Wednesday, 12.23.09 @ 09:03am


bright orange T-Shirt with the lime green letters "C-H-E-E-S-E-C-R-O-P"

"bright turquoise pants and purple shoes"

"He also wears a turban on occasion and a vintage wrist sundial"

Cheesecrop's quite the character, isn't he?

Posted by Bassmaster on Wednesday, 12.23.09 @ 09:07am


Anybody else find it ironic that the last four posts are by a "Gitarzan," "Keebord," "The Drummer" and "Bassmaster?"

Posted by Joker on Wednesday, 12.23.09 @ 09:08am


joker...that's because we're the "house band"!!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE & ALL...BE SAFE!!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 12.23.09 @ 09:19am


How is that ironic?

Posted by Chalkie on Wednesday, 12.23.09 @ 09:34am


Dammit, now I need a cool name with an instrument reference... aw, dammit.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 12.23.09 @ 16:56pm


Well, everybody enjoy your Christmas and have a ball...

This year I'm specifically asking Santa for coal. We had 22 inches of snow fall here over the weekend, and I figure on making a killing on all those snowmen who need a pair...


BTW, has anyone ever noticed that a snowman's eyes are made out of coal, but the nose is usually a carrot? Now stop & think for a second. Any nutritionist would tell you that carrots are good for your eyes. Therefore, why not take the carrots, cut off the tips, and use them for eyes. Then you could take the coal, stick it in his corncob pipe, & give him a good smoke as well.

AM I NOT A GENIUS HERE!!!


actually, I've been cooped up in here for a while...

Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 12.23.09 @ 19:21pm


"BTW, has anyone ever noticed that a snowman's eyes are made out of coal, but the nose is usually a carrot? Now stop & think for a second. Any nutritionist would tell you that carrots are good for your eyes. Therefore, why not take the carrots, cut off the tips, and use them for eyes. Then you could take the coal, stick it in his corncob pipe, & give him a good smoke as well.

AM I NOT A GENIUS HERE!!!"--Cheesecrop


No, cuz smokin's bad, mmkay? So don't smoke, cuz that's bad, mmkay?

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 12.23.09 @ 19:31pm


By the way, Cheesie...we're sending more your way...snow, that is! Oh, and I guess the Broncos are coming with it, too...

Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 12.23.09 @ 21:01pm


By the way, Cheesie...we're sending more your way...snow, that is! Oh, and I guess the Broncos are coming with it, too...

Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 12.23.09 @ 21:01pm
--------------------------------------------------
ahem...

AHEM...

In the space of less than 90 days, the great cities of Denver & Philadelphia have met twice on the field of athletic competition. The Philadelphia Phillies & Colorado Rockies squared off in October, & the Philadelphia Eagles & Denver Broncos faced each other less than 24 hrs ago...

Can anyone guess who won - BOTH TIMES!!!!!

SEND US YOUR SNOW, BIG MAN!!! SEND ANYTHING OUR WAY! WE CAN HANDLE ANYTHING YOU GOT OUT THERE IN MILE HIGH COUNTRY! LOL!!!

Posted by Cheesecrop on Monday, 12.28.09 @ 05:56am


http://digitaldreamdoor.nutsie.com/pages/best_hall-of-fame-2010.html

FROM THE DIGITAL DREAM DOOR

Jimmy Cliff

The lone black figure elected (out of five candidates on the ballot), raising further questions regarding the Hall's voting body recent decade long aversion to black rock 'n' roll. Cliff is not undeserving, his iconic work in the late 60's and early 70's, including a seminal role in the film "The Harder They Come" which broke reggae into the American mainstream, was vital in giving rock 'n' roll a more global reach, with various other cultures contributing their own slant to it. The problem is, there are other reggae figures more deserving than Cliff, both artists and producers, and so while it is nice the Hall has seen fit to acknowledge this underrepresented form of rock, it is with questionable motives and with better choices out there still to be honored.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 01.16.10 @ 16:49pm


Yes, his induction was deserved, but not before Peter Tosh, Lee Perry and Toots & the Maytals. Marley and Cliff plus those three would make the Hall's reggae-wing somewhat acceptable.

...Oh yeah, and the Wailers as a group too. In the sidemen category perhaps.

Posted by Chalkie on Tuesday, 12.14.10 @ 08:52am


Saw Jimmy Cliff perform at the 1st Pilgrimage Music Fest in Franklin, TN. Great set by a great performer. He's got to be in his mid 70s & he's still strutting around, running in place, high kicking, etc. Can still hit all the notes. Had a real nice lineup at this fest & he had one of the best sets of the weekend. Crowd was very appreciative & he was touched by reception.

Posted by Paul in KY on Wednesday, 09.30.15 @ 07:49am


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