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Wednesday, Aug 11 2010

In 1962, a teenage Jimmy Cliff was singing ska tunes like "King of Kings" with Jamaican big bands. Did he know then that he'd parlay his talents and uplifting music into a career that is still going strong? The recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has earned cross-generational cred with hippie, folk, and reggae audiences. His latest album, Existence, is said to be "on the verge" of dropping. Cliff has played the bad man in the movie The Harder They Come and the peacemaker in songs like "Many Rivers to Cross." His exuberant performances and relentless touring and his ability to sweeten Western pop with Jamaican soul have helped him stick around.

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