One of the great popularizers of reggae music, Jimmy Cliff blazed a trail into rock that Bob Marley later followed. In the mid 1960s, the young Jamaican singer moved to London to pursue his singing career. After returning to his home and recording some ska & rocksteady material, Cliff finally broke through in 1969 with "Wonderful World, Beautiful People." After hearing the song, Paul Simon travelled to Kingston and booked the same rhythm section, studio, and engineer to record "Mother and Child Reunion"--arguably the first U.S.-made reggae song. As the gun-toting, reggae-singing star of THE HARDER THEY COME (1972), Cliff was suddenly Jamaica's most marketable property. It was the island's best homegrown film, and its soundtrack one of the biggest-selling reggae records of all time.