Jimmy Cliff

Genres: Action & Adventure Comedy Music Videos & Concerts Musicals & The Arts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Reggae
Descriptive "tags": reggae ska roots reggae jamaica roots Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

James Chambers, 1 April 1948, Somerton, St. Catherine, Jamaica, West Indies. One of the great popularizers of reggae music, Jimmy Cliff blazed a trail into rock that Bob Marley later followed, but without ever capitalizing on his great advantages as a singer-songwriter, nascent film star and interpreter of other people’s material. Raised by his father, Cliff first moved to Kingston in 1962 after the dream of a musical career seduced him from his studies. An early brace of singles, ‘Daisy Got Me Crazy’, with Count Boysie, and ‘I’m Sorry’, for sound system operator Sir Cavalier, did little to bring him to the public’s attention. His career began in earnest when a song he had written himself, ‘Hurricane Hattie’, describing the recent arrival in South America of the self-same meteorological disaster, became a local hit. He was still only 14 years old.

Cliff subsequently emerged as a ska singer for...

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