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Now what on earth could those two musicians have in common, one might ask?

Everyone who likes classic rock, and more, knows Linda Ronstadt and her music. I have known about here since I was in my early 20’s. My younger brother went to school with her class here in Tucson. I’ve probably seen her more in person than any other performer. Partial to a local lady, obviously.

Some of her song covers are my best loved ones. Linda always sang songs from the collections of other artists. Never cared much for doing her own music. And, boy, did she do the songs proud.

Now we come to the point of this narrative. One of my favorite songs is one she did in 1975, on her album “Prisoner In Disguise”, a tune called “Many Rivers To Cross”. I had always thought it had spiritual or light gospel roots.

And how wrong I was. Me, a pretty good “expert” on Miss Linda.

Turns out ‘Many Rivers To Cross” is from one Jimmy Cliff, who wrote it in 1969.

The Honorable 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 honor 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. Movie has a great soundtrack.  Jimmy Cliff was one of five performers inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

Jimmy Cliff’s original and Linda’s cover are like songs from different planets. Jimmy is a reggae artist, and preceded the famous Bob Marley in making reggae popular. And Linda, well, she’s Linda.

I have the songs from both artists, and they are BOTH terrific. And I, the big music expert (so to speak) has now known about Jimmy Cliff for two whole days!!! Unbelievable! Rock on….

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Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

Kind of funny when everything we thougt we knew about a subject gets turned upside down! Learning new things keeps us interesting.

Jul 11, 2011 09:12 PM #1
Natalie Vizir, Broker Associate Dana Point Laguna Niguel Homes For Sale
RE/MAX Signature Services - Dana Point, CA
Natalie Vizir

I can see clearly now is a very special song to my family....thanks for the memories!

Jul 11, 2011 09:25 PM #2
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Did not know about Jimmy Cliff before today. I know quite a few of Linda R. songs. Did you know she also recorded mariachi music? And of course she dated our present governor.....

Jul 11, 2011 11:10 PM #3
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

All I know Jon is that 160GB is alot of music and Linda along with Jimmy are there.  I probably need to add a little more.

Jul 11, 2011 11:55 PM #4
Jon Quist
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

I'm from Tucson, remember. Linda is from here and I have always liked her and all her music. I have, I think, pretty much everything of hers including her Spanish albums and her big band albums. Have you heard her album "Adieu False Heart"? Very good tunes from Linda.

I think I'll play it now! from the Amazon Cloud player!

Jul 12, 2011 04:34 PM #5
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert


Interesting facts about music. I love music and I will have to check out Jimmy Cliff as I never heard of him. Thanks for the non real estate blog. I always find the not related blogs more entertaining overall.. 

Jul 14, 2011 07:17 AM #6
Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

Jon, I never knew about Jimmy Cliff, but I think I'll check out his music. I love Linda Ronstadt. My favorites are her mariachi songs.

Jul 20, 2011 07:04 PM #7
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