Jimmy Cliff inducted in Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame

On Monday night reggae pioneer Jimy Cliff was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where he was introduced by Wyclef Jean. In his induction speech for Jimmy Cliff, as reported by Rolling Stone, Jean talked about growing up in a household where non-Christian music wasn’t allowed. “I loved Jimmy Cliff so much I would take Jimmy Cliff songs and sing them with Christian words,” Jean said. “There are two people in my entire lifetime that brings a certain level to the entire Caribbean people, and we look up to them. One is Bob Marley and the other is Jimmy Cliff.” Wearing a Jamaican flag scarf and a bright silver jacket, the 61-year-old reggae pioneer sent shockwaves through the ballroom when he sang the opening lines of “You Can If You Really Want.” His voice sounded more powerful than ever, and it sent the entire place to their feet — including longtime Cliff fan Bruce Springsteen, who sat in the middle of the ballroom next to Jackson Browne and never made it onstage. “Many Rivers to Cross” was even more stunning, leading many in the room to hope the exposure of the event helps Cliff stage a comeback.

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