Cliff Richard

Cliff Richard



Sir Cliff Richard OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb, 14 October 1940) is a British pop singer, musician, performer, actor and philanthropist. Richard has sold more than 250 million records worldwide.[1] He has total sales of over 21 million singles in the United Kingdom and is the third-top-selling artist in UK Singles Chart history, behind the Beatles and Elvis Presley.[2]

Richard was originally marketed as a rebellious rock and roll singer in the style of Little Richard[3] and Elvis Presley. With his backing group, The Shadows, Richard dominated the British popular music scene in the pre-Beatles period of the late 1950s to early 1960s.[4] His 1958 hit single, "Move It", is often described as Britain's first authentic rock and roll song, and John Lennon once claimed that "before Cliff and the Shadows, there had been nothing worth listening to in British music."[5][6] Increased focus on his Christianity and subsequent softening of his music led to a more middle of the road pop image and he sometimes ventured into contemporary Christian music.

Over a career spanning almost 60 years, Richard has amassed many gold and platinum discs and awards, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male twice and the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, and two Ivor Novello Awards. He has had more than 130 singles, albums and EPs make the UK Top 20, more than any other artist.[7] Richard has had 67 UK top ten singles, the second highest total for an artist behind Elvis Presley.[8] Richard holds the record (with Elvis Presley) as the only act to make the UK singles charts in all of its first six decades (1950s–2000s). He has achieved 14 UK No. 1 singles,[9] and is the only singer to have had a No. 1 single in the UK in five consecutive decades: the 1950s through to the 1990s.[10]

Richard has never achieved the same impact in the United States despite eight US Top 40 singles, including the million-selling "Devil Woman" and "We Don't Talk Anymore". In Canada, Richard achieved comparatively more success, with a successful period in the early 1960s, and again in the late 1970s and early 1980s with some singles and albums reaching gold and platinum status.[11] He has remained a popular music, film, and television personality in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Northern Europe and Asia, and he retains a following in other countries.

Richard has been a resident in the United Kingdom for most of his life, but in 2010, he confirmed that he had become a citizen of Barbados.[12] When not touring, he divides his time between living in Barbados and Portugal.[13]



The Great Cliff Richard
The Great Cliff Richard is an album by musical artist Cliff Richard, released on August 25, 2017.
Thunderbirds Are Go
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All I Ask of You
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Cliff Richard in bid to stop 'private' information from emerging in court battle over BBC coverage of police raid
  –  March 9, 2018
Sir Cliff Richard wants to stop information he says is private and sensitive from emerging during a High Court battle with the BBC. The singer is suing the BBC over its coverage of a police raid on his apartment in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in August 2014 ...
Sir Cliff Richard battles to stop ‘sensitive’ private information from coming out in his legal battle with the BBC over filming his home being searched
  –  March 8, 2018
Sir Cliff Richard is trying to stop information which he claims is ... in witness statements contained information about the police investigation into the singer which was not in the public domain. He told the judge: 'What is contained within the ...
Sir Cliff Richard in ‘open justice’ battle over evidence after suing BBC
  –  March 8, 2018
Sir Cliff Richard is at the centre of an “open justice” dispute after suing the BBC over coverage on a police raid on his home. The singer’s lawyers say evidence presented by the BBC contains sensitive and private information which is not in the ...
No slowing down for Sir Cliff Richard as he celebrates his 75th birthday with a concert
  –  January 14, 2018
Cliff Richard in 1963 (AP/PA) Young Harry became interested in skiffle music, but everything changed when he heard the King of Rock and Roll sing. “Elvis was my reason for existing as a rock singer,” he told “Had there been no Elvis ...
John Norman: The man who beat Cliff Richard
  –  January 9, 2018
The highlights of his career included winning a skiffle competition at a pub in The Elephant and Castle, London – beating Cliff Richard and The Shadows – and supporting rhythm and blues band Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames in Hammersmith. Born in ...
Sir Cliff Richard, Jane Horrocks, Harry Redknapp, Susan Calman, Clive Anderson, Emma Freud
  –  March 11, 2018
Clive Anderson and Emma Freud are joined by Jane Horrocks, Harry Redknapp and Susan Calman for an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy. With music from Cliff Richard and Lake Street Dive. Producer: Sukey Firth.

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