325. Jimmy Cliff, 'Many Rivers to Cross'
Released: Dec. '69, A&M
Did not chart
When Jamaican filmmaker Percy Henzell heard "Many Rivers to Cross," a ballad Jimmy Cliff wrote in 1969, he ordered Cliff the lead in his film The Harder They Come. The song, a hymn about struggle and perseverance, summed up the outlaw mood of early reggae. On the strength of his songs and acting in the film,Cliff became one of reggae’s first international stars.
Appears on: Wonderful World, Beautiful People (A&M)