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Eminem, Pearl Jam, Lorde to headline Austin City Limits fest

Eminem, Pearl Jam, Lorde to headline Austin City Limits fest

AUSTIN, Texas, April 22 (UPI) -- The annual Austin City Limits Music Festival will begin selling its second batch of tickets on Tuesday at 10 a.m. CT.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
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'The Voice' crowns a winner -- Tessanne Chin

'The Voice' crowns a winner -- Tessanne Chin

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Tessanne Chin has been crowned the Season 5 champion of the musical competition series "The Voice" in Los Angeles.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, April 1, 2013.
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Volkswagen sets up Super Bowl ad

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- German automaker Volkswagen has a teaser Super Bowl advertisement well ahead of the kick off, which is nine days away.
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Dave Matthews Band pledges $1M for Sandy aid

Dave Matthews Band pledges $1M for Sandy aid

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The Dave Matthews Band Wednesday pledged $1 million to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New Jersey and New York.

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Gaga, Green Day join Lollapalooza lineup

Gaga, Green Day join Lollapalooza lineup

CHICAGO, April 7 (UPI) -- Soundgarden, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire and The Strokes have been booked for this summer's Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, organizers said.

Rock Hall of Fame

NEW YORK, March 16 (UPI) -- A diverse class, ranging from the pre-punk Stooges to the pop darlings ABBA, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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ABBA, Genesis set for Rock Hall induction

ABBA, Genesis set for Rock Hall induction

CLEVELAND, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation Tuesday announced ABBA, Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, The Hollies and The Stooges will be its 2010 artist inductees.
ABBA, Kiss suggested for Rock Hall of Fame

ABBA, Kiss suggested for Rock Hall of Fame

CLEVELAND, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- ABBA, Kiss, LL Cool J, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Stooges are among the nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 2010.

Reggae filmmaker Perry Henzell dies

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Perry Henzell, who made "The Harder They Come," the first film about reggae music, has died at his home in Jamaica at the age of 70.

46664 Campaign gets artists help

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The 46664 Campaign, set up by South Africa's Nelson Mandela to eradicate AIDS, is getting donations from downloaded tracks by Paul McCartney, Queen and Sting.
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Jimmy Cliff
Jimmy Cliff performs during The Climate Rally concert in honor of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, in Washington on April 25, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
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The Honourable Jimmy Cliff, OM (born James Chambers; 1 April 1948) is a Jamaican ska and reggae singer, musician, and actor. He is the only currently living musician to hold the Order of Merit, the highest honour that can be granted by the Jamaican government for achievement in the arts and sciences. He is best known among mainstream audiences for songs such as "Sitting in Limbo," "You Can Get It If You Really Want," and "Many Rivers to Cross" from the soundtrack to The Harder They Come, which helped popularize reggae across the world; and his covers of Cat Stevens' "Wild World" and Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now" from the film Cool Runnings. Outside of the reggae world, he is probably best known for his film appearance in The Harder They Come. Jimmy Cliff was one of five performers inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

Cliff was born in Somerton District, St. James, Jamaica. He began writing songs while still at primary school in St. James, listening to a neighbour's sound system. In 1962 his father took him to Kingston to go to Kingston Technical school where he ended up sharing his cousin's one rented room in East Kingston. He sought out many producers while still going to school, trying to get his songs recorded without success. He also entered talent contests. "One night I was walking past a record store and restaurant as they were closing, pushed myself in and convinced one of them, Leslie Kong, to go into the recording business, starting with me," he writes in his own website biography. After two singles that failed to make much impression, his career took off when his "Hurricane Hattie" became a hit, while he was aged 14. It was produced by Kong, with whom Cliff remained until Kong's death from a heart attack in 1971. Cliff's later local hit singles included "King of Kings," "Dearest Beverley," "Miss Jamaica," and "Pride and Passion." In 1964, Cliff was chosen as one of the Jamaican representatives at the World's Fair and Cliff soon signed to Island Records and moved to the UK. Island Records initially (and unsuccessfully) tried to sell Cliff to the rock audience, but his career took off in the late 1960s. His international debut album was Hard Road to Travel, which received excellent reviews and included "Waterfall" (composed by Nirvana's Alex Spyropoulos and Patrick Campbell-Lyons), which became a hit in Brazil and won the International Song Festival.

"Waterfall" was followed in 1969 by "Wonderful World, Beautiful People" and "Vietnam" in 1970, both popular throughout most of the world. Bob Dylan called "Vietnam" the best protest song he had ever heard. Also during this period, Cliff released a cover of Cat Stevens' "Wild World" as a single, but it was not included on his Wonderful World, Beautiful People album.

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