Jimmy Cliff


Miami Vice Performer
April 1, 1948, St. James, Jamaica

Jimmy Cliff (born April 1, 1948, St. James, Jamaica) is a Jamaican ska/reggae singer whose song "The Harder They Come" appeared in the episode "Yankee Dollar" of the series Miami Vice.


Cliff got his start in the 1960s, recording hit local singles such as "King of Kings", "Miss Jamaica", and "Pride and Passion". In 1964 he was chosen as a representative to the World's Fair and later moved to the UK. His debut album was 1969's Hard Road to Travel. In 1972 Cliff starred in the movie The Harder They Come, which was a big hit in his native land, and it's title track became one of Cliff's most famous. Many of Cliff's songs have been covered by dozens of artists, including Bruce Springsteen, Joe Cocker (who covered "Many Rivers To Cross"), Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, and many others. Cliff contributed to the song "Sun City" for the Artists United Against Apartheid as well as the track "Trapped" (recorded by Springsteen) to the We Are The World album. In 2003 Jamaica awarded Cliff The Order of Merit, the only living musician to receive such an honor. In 2010 Cliff was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and embarked on a tour of the US. Cliff's most recent studio album, Rebirth, was released in 2012.

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