Jimmy Cliff is honoured and reaches the peak of fame

Congratulations are in order for Jimmy Cliff, a consummate singer and performer voted by 500 music insiders as one of the 2010 inductees to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Cliff along with The Hollies, Abba, Genesis and the Stooges were voted the most deserving performers to be acknowledged at the annual ceremony. From a list of nominees that included Kiss, The Chantels, LL Kool J, Darlene Love, Donna Summer, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Laura Nyro, Cliff and four other received the highest votes.

At the 25th annual ceremony slated for March 15 at the Waldorf-Astoria, Cliff will be hailed for his pioneering “Harder They Come” album which sent him into orbit as the very, first reggae superstar.

“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,” a R&RHF statement said.

“Sitting in Limbo,” “The Harder They Come,” “You Can Get It If You Really Want,” and “Many Rivers to Cross” made 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.”

Artists are eligible for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after their first recording is released.

All inductees are ultimately represented in Cleveland, Ohio where the actual museum is located.

There, a creative and diverse collection tells the story of rock music with its exhibits, education programs, library and archives.

“We are very happy to present this year’s inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as they represent a great cross-section of artists that define the broad spectrum and history of rock and roll and people that have contributed immeasurably to our business” Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation President & CEO Joel Peresman said.

Also named in the individual non-performers category are: Elvis Presley song writer Otis Blackwell, David Geffen, Jesse Stone, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill. That award is named for Atlantic Records’ founder Ahmet Ertegun.

Source: Caribbean Life News

I had the opportunity to watch the Harder they Come in the presence of Jimmy Cliff in Aberdeen. Once the film finished and Jimmy stood up in his bright red leather suit. This buxom lady from Jamaica stands up in the back of the room, and shouts ‘You changed my life, you saved my life, I love you’ and ran down to give him a hug.

What a guy!

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