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Richard has sold more than million records worldwide. Richard was originally marketed as a rebellious rock and roll singer in the style of Elvis Presley and Little Richard. Increased focus on his Christianity and subsequent softening of his music led to a more middle-of-the-road image and he sometimes ventured into contemporary Christian music.
Over a career spanning 60 years, Richard has amassed many gold and platinum discs and awards, including two Ivor Novello Awards and three Brit Awards. More than of his singles, albums and EPs have reached the UK Dont Move Away - Cliff Richard - 1970s 20more than any other artist. He has achieved 14 UK number-one singles,  and is the only singer to have had a number-one single in the UK in five consecutive decades. In Canada, he had a successful period in the early s, and again in the late s and early s with some releases certified gold and platinum.
Richard has been a resident in the United Kingdom for most of his life, though inhe confirmed that he had become a citizen of Barbados. Richard is primarily of English heritage, but he had one great-grandmother who was of half Welsh and half Spanish descent, born of a Spanish great-great-grandmother named Emiline Joseph Rebeiro.
The Webb family lived in a modest home in Maqbara, near the main shopping centre of Hazratganj. Richard has three sisters, Joan, Jacqui and Donna — The Webbs moved from comparative wealth in India, where they lived in a company-supplied flat at Howrah near Calcuttato a semi-detached house in Carshalton.
In his father obtained employment in the credit control office of Thorn Electrical Industries and the family moved in with other relatives in Waltham CrossHertfordshire, where he attended Kings Road Junior Mixed Infants School until a three-bedroom council house in Cheshunt was allocated to them inat 12 Hargreaves Close. He then attended Cheshunt Secondary Modern School from to One Too Many Heartaches - Isley Bros.* - Soul On The Rocks school was later renamed Riversmead School before being rebuilt and renamed Bishopslea School.
As a member of the top stream, he stayed on beyond the minimum leaving age to take GCE Ordinary Level examinations and gained a pass in English literature.
He then started work as a filing clerk for Atlas Lamps. Harry Webb became interested in skiffle. When he was 16, his father bought him a guitar, and in he formed the school vocal harmony group The Quintones,  before singing in the Dick Teague Skiffle Group. Harry Webb became lead singer of a Dont Move Away - Cliff Richard - 1970s and roll group, the Drifters distinct from the US group of the same name.
The s entrepreneur Harry Greatorex wanted the up-and-coming rock 'n' roll singer to change from his real name of Harry Webb. The name Cliff was adopted as it sounded like Ahora Estoy Sin Ti - Various - Noveno Festival Nuevas Bandas face", which suggested "Rock".
Before their first large-scale appearance, at the Regal Ballroom in Ripley, Derbyshire inthey adopted the name "Cliff Richard and the Drifters". None of the other three played with the later and better known Shadowsalthough Samwell wrote songs for Richard's later career. Richard was permitted to record one of his own songs for the B-side ; this was "Move It", written and composed by the Drifters' Samwell while he was on board a number Green Line bus on the way to Richard's house for a rehearsal.
There are various stories about why the A-side was replaced by the intended B-side. It's wonderful to be going on TV for the first time, but I feel so nervous that I don't know what to do.
I shaved my sideburns off last night Jack Good said it would make me look more original. The single went to No. John Lennon credited "Move It" as being the first British rock record. In the early days, Richard was marketed as the British equivalent of Elvis. In performance he struck a pose of rock attitude, rarely smiling or looking at the audience or camera. It was on "Living Doll" that the Drifters began to back Richard on record.
It was his fifth record and became his first No. The Shadows were not a typical backing group. They became contractually separate from Richard, and the group received no royalties for records backing Richard. Inthe Shadows then still the Drifters landed an EMI recording contract of their own, for independent recordings. That year, they released three singles, two of which featured double-sided vocals and one of which had instrumental A and B sides.
They thereafter had several major hits, including five UK No. The band also continued to appear and record with Richard and wrote many of his hits. On more than one occasion, a Shadows instrumental replaced a Richard song at the top of the British charts. Richard's fifth single "Living Doll" triggered a softer, more relaxed, sound. Subsequent hits, the No. Throughout the early s, his hits were consistently in the top five.
Photographs of the celebrations were incorporated into Richard's next album "21 Today" in which Tony Meehan joined in despite, then, having very recently left the Shadows to be replaced by Brian Bennett.
Typically, the Shadows Diz* And Getz* - Diz And Getz the first half of the show with a minute set of their own, then backed Richard on his show-closing minute stint as exemplified by the retrospective CD album release of Live at the ABC Kingston Tony Meehan and Jet Harris left the group in and respectively and later had their own chart successes for Decca.
In the early years, particularly on album and EP releases, Richard also recorded ballads backed by the Norrie Paramor Orchestra with Tony Meehan and later Brian Bennett as a session drummer.
His first such single without the Shadows was When the Girl in Your Arms Is the Girl in Your Heart inand he continued to release one or two per year, including covers of " It's All in the Game " in and " Constantly " ina revival of a popular Italian hit. Richard, and the Shadows in particular, however, never achieved star status in the United States. In they toured the United States and were well-received, but lacklustre support and distribution from a revolving door of American record labels proved an obstacle to long-term success there despite several chart records by Richard including the aforementioned " It's All in the Game " on Epic, via a renewed linking of the worldwide Columbia labels after Philips ended its distribution deal with CBS.
To the Shadows' chagrin, " Apache " reached No. Richard and the band appeared on The Ed Sullivan Showwhich was crucial for the Beatles, but these performances did not help them gain sustained success in North America. These films created their own genreknown as the "Cliff Richard musical", and led to Richard being named the No. In mid, Cliff and the Shadows appeared for a season in Blackpoolwhere Richard had his portrait modelled by Victor Heyfron.
As with the other existing rock acts in Britain, Richard's career was affected by the advent of the Beatles and the Mersey sound in and He continued to be popular, and have hits in the charts throughout the s, though not at the level that he had enjoyed before. Nor did doors open to him in the US market; he was not considered part of the British Invasionand despite four Hot hits including the top 25 "It's All in the Game" between August and Augustthe American public had little awareness of him.
Richard's UK No. Although baptised as an AnglicanRichard did not practice the faith in his early years. Inhe became an active Christian and his faith has become an important aspect of his life.
Standing up publicly as a Christian affected his career in several ways. Initially, he believed that he should quit rock 'n' roll, feeling he could no longer be the rocker who had been called a "crude exhibitionist" and "too sexy for TV". Richard intended at first to "reform his ways" and become a teacher, but Christian friends advised him not to abandon his career just because he had become an active Christian. Soon after, Richard re-emerged, performing with Christian groups and recording some Christian material.
He still recorded secular songs with the Shadows, but devoted a lot of his time to Christian work, including appearances with the Billy Graham crusades. As time progressed, Richard balanced his faith and work, enabling him to remain one of the most popular singers in Britain as well as one of its best-known Christians.
Richard acted in the film Two a Pennyreleased by Billy Graham's World Wide Pictures in which he played Jamie Dont Move Away - Cliff Richard - 1970sa young man who gets involved in drug dealing while questioning his life after his girlfriend changes her attitude. He released the live album Cliff in Japan in It is claimed that Spanish TVE television executives offered to buy programmes in Dont Move Away - Cliff Richard - 1970s for Dont Move Away - Cliff Richard - 1970s. Nevertheless, "Congratulations" was a huge hit throughout Europe and Australia, and yet another No.
During the s, Richard took part in several television shows and fronted his own show It's Cliff Richard from — He performed "Bachelor Boy" with the Shadows and "Congratulations" solo.
Inhe made a short BBC television comedy film called The Case with appearances from comedians and his first ever duets with a woman—Newton-John. His final acting role on Dont Move Away - Cliff Richard - 1970s silver screen to date was inwhen he starred in the film Take Me High.
Inhe released the single " Honky Tonk Angel ," produced by Hank Marvin and John Farrar, oblivious to its connotations or hidden meanings. As soon as he was notified that a "honky-tonk angel" was southern US slang for a prostitute, the horrified Richard ordered EMI to withdraw it and refused to promote it despite making a video for it. EMI agreed to his demand despite the fact the single was expected to sell well.
About 1, copies are known to exist on vinyl. Inthe decision was made to repackage Richard as a "rock" artist. That year Bruce Welch relaunched Cliff's career and produced the landmark album I'm Nearly Dont Move Away - Cliff Richard - 1970s which included the successful but controversial guitar-driven track " Devil Woman ", which became Richard's first true hit in the United States, and the ballad " Miss You Flor De Mi Alma - Autumn K.
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Notwithstanding this, Richard continued to release albums with contemporary Christian music content in parallel with his rock and pop albums, for example: Small Corners from contained the single "Yes He Lives". On 31 Decemberhe performed his latest single, "Hey, Mr. Bryan Ferry added hummed backing vocals to the song. The record made Richard the first act to reach the Hot 's top 40 in the s who had also been there in each of the three previous decades.
It was his first time at the top of the UK singles chart in over ten years and the song would become his biggest-selling single worldwide, selling almost five million copies throughout the world.
With "We Don't Talk Anymore" inRichard finally began to receive some extended success in the United El Que Siembra Su Maiz - Afro Cuban Jazz Project - Descarga Uno to follow on from the success of "Devil Woman" in In the UK Dont Move Away - Cliff Richard - 1970s"Carrie" reached No.
In a retrospective review of "Carrie," AllMusic journalist Dave Thompson praised "Carrie" as being "an enthrallingly atmospheric number. One of the Paris En Automne (For J.J.) - Blaine L. Reininger & Alain Goutier - Paris En Automne electrifying of all Cliff Richard's recordings. Inthe single " Wired for Sound " hit No.
To finish the year, "Daddy's Home" hit No. On the singles chart, Richard was having his most consistent period of top twenty hits since the mids. InRichard reached No. Along with Princess In Rags - Gene Pitney - Princess In Rags song, the recording contained comedy dialogue between Richard and the Young Ones.
That same year Richard opened in the West End as a rock musician called upon to defend Earth in a trial set in the Andromeda Galaxy in the multi-media Dave Clark musical Time. In AugustRichard was involved in a five-car crash in torrential rain on the M4 motorway in West London.
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