His single ‘Schoolboy Crush-Move It’ was an instant hit, peaking at No. 2 on UK charts. By then The Drifters turned into The Shadows. 1: Living Doll.

In his 50th year in music industry in 2008, he released ‘And They Said It Wouldn't Last (My 50 Years in Music)’, an eight-CD box set. After 'A Girl Like You' from 1961, the bond between Cliff and The Shadows loosened a bit, and solo singles of Cliff like 'When The Girl In Your Arms Is The Girl In Your Heart' started to appear alongside Cliff & The Shadows singles like 'Do You Wanna Dance'. He has the third highest number of #1 hit in the UK and was conferred knighthood for his services to the music industry. Cliff Richard was born in Lucknow, United Provinces, British India on October 14, 1940.

In 1995, he became a Knight. He was just a nice and approachable chap.’. Piers Morgan’s Life Stories airs tonight at 9pm on ITV. Cliff was born as Harry Rodger Webb to Rodger Oscar Webb, who worked for a catering service provider for the Indian Railways and Dorothy Marie Dazely, a dormitory matron at La Martiniere Girls' School, Lucknow. He suggested a name change -- the "Cliff" came from Greatorex, the "Richard" came from Drifters guitarist and songwriter Ian Samwell, who penned "Move It" -- and soon the band became Cliff Richard & the Drifters, playing larger shows and landing a record contract. Let us know what you think of the Last.fm website.

Sir Cliff Richard, best known for being a Pop Singer, was born in Lucknow, India on Monday, October 14, 1940. In 1960, he had five hit singles, all reaching the Top Three -- "Please Don't Tease" and "I Love You" topped the charts, "A Voice in the Wilderness" and "Fallin in Love with You" reached two, "Nine Times Out of Ten" peaked at three -- and he started to cultivate a fan base in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. 80 Year Old #13. He sent the letter from Australia, where he was on tour, in October 1961. CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. Born on October 14 #23. In a letter reported on by the Telegraph, Sir Cliff Richard wrote to his first love, Delia Wicks, telling her he had to choose music over love. 1 in the UK Albums Chart, selling more than a million copies in UK.

His father, Rodger Oscar, worked for a catering contractor employed by Indian Railways and the Webb family remained in India until the country gained its … In an interview he once said, “I've always maintained I'm the most radical rock 'n' roll singer Britain has ever seen. He was born to parents Rodger Oscar Webb, a manager for a catering contractor, and Dorothy Marie Dazley. Cliff Richard, the British Elvis Presley as he is known as, is one of the most famous pop singers and has sold a whopping 250 million records in his career. His single ‘Living Doll’ was a hugely popular song which topped the UK Singles Chart two times selling 2,000,000 copies worldwide. These were I Love You (with The Shadows) in 1960, Mistletoe and Wine in 1988, Do They Know it’s Christmas with Band Aid II in 1989 and Saviours’ Day in 1990. Today, he is seen as a god-like figure of rock and roll, especially in the UK and enjoys unprecedented popularity. ‘Wired for Sound’ released in 1981 was also a significant hit, occupying almost 25 weeks at the UK album charts and selling more than a million copies worldwide. The singer continued his relationship with Hank Marvin, with the guitarist appearing regularly on the variety show It's Cliff Richard, which premiered in 1970 and ran until 1976.

He was raised with three sisters named Jacqueline Ann, Joan and Donella. 'Move It' was a classic British Rock 'n' Roll song, peaked at number two, and was followed by a long string of hits like 'Living Doll' and 'Please Don't Tease'. Relocating to a semi-detached house in the London suburb of Carshalton in Surrey, Webb, like so many teenagers of his era, became interested in music thanks to the skiffle phenomenon of 1956 and 1957. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); You have entered an incorrect email address! Something which he openly admits, and fully acknowledges that without Elvis, he and many others would never have happened. The next pivotal year in Richard's career was 1968, the year when he represented the U.K. in the Eurovision contest with the song "Congratulations," and when the Shadows disbanded. As big as he is in the UK, he has only had 3 Top 10 hits in the USA with the biggest still being his breakthrough 1976 single "Devil Woman" which made it all the way to #6. Not long after the number one success of "Living Doll," the band faced legal action from the U.S. R&B group the Drifters, so they changed their name to the Shadows; as Richard's career maintained momentum, the Shadows would have their own side success as an instrumental outfit, with the band's lineup shifting slightly but always anchored by Marvin and Welch. Leave feedback. He remained one of the top most singers throughout the 1980s, with most of his songs peaking at no.1. Between 1960 and 1963 Richard presented The Cliff Richard Show. MORE: Piers Morgan boasts about phone call with Donald Trump – who predicts he’ll win US election. Cliff Richard was born Harry Rodger Webb in Lucknow, which was then part of British India. https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/cliff-richard-3724.php, The Hottest Male Celebrities With The Best Abs. I didn't indulge in soulless sex.” Truly, there are no controversies or rumors surrounding his life. 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 Shadows’ regrouped this year as well. His debut single "Move It" influenced many British rock musicians. © FamousBirthdays.com - use subject to the information collection practices disclosed in our Privacy Policy. Cliff Richard was born Harry Rodger Webb in Lucknow, India on October 14, 1940; Lucknow was then part of the British Empire. Artist descriptions on Last.fm are editable by everyone. I've been in love, but marriage is a big commitment and being an artist consumes a great deal of time.”. He released his studio album ‘Wanted’ in 2001, and soon came up with another successful album, ‘Cliff at Christmas’. No disrespect meant to the Queen of Christmas, Mariah Carey, but long before she stepped up to the plate, there was already pop royalty who was known for festive bangers. He also made his last film appearance in 1973 movie ‘Take Me High’. The most sold artist in British Pop history - with over 40 top hits. ‘The Young Ones’, a soundtrack album by the singer peaked at no.
Sir Cliff will sit down for a candid interview with Piers Morgan (Credits: ITV)No disrespect meant to the Queen of Christmas, Mariah Carey, but long … He was intrigued by skiffle and was given a guitar by his father when he was a teenager. The letter, it is reported, said that if he was to be a singer then he had ‘to give up one very priceless thing – the right to have any lasting relationship with any special girl.’. Cliff was heavily influenced by Elvis, imitating him shamelessly during the first couple of years of his career. In his autobiography, Richard stressed that ‘sex is not one of the things that drives me’ but he has also opened up about past relationships. Sir Cliff Richard (born Harry Rodger Webb, 1940-10-14, in Lucknow, India) moved as an 8-year-old to the UK, where it would be 10 more years before he and his group The Drifters emerged in the UK charts for the first time with 'Move It'. "Move It" turned Cliff Richard into a star and it ushered in a boom in British rock & roll, of which Richard was the undeniable leader. Born on October 14, 1940, Cliff turned 80 this year.

siblings: Donella Webb, Jacqueline Ann Webb, Joan Webb, education: St. Thomas' Church School, Howrah, Cheshunt School, awards: 1977 - Brit Awards for Best British male solo artist 1982 - Brit Awards for Best British male solo artist 1989 - Brit Awards for Lifetime achievement, 1980 - TV Times Award for Most Exciting Male Singer on TV 1987- TV Times Award for Best Male Singer 1989 - TV Times Award for Favorite Singer 1970 - The Sun Reader Polls Male Pop Personality 1971 - The Sun Reader Polls Top Male Pop Personality 1972 - The Sun Reader Polls Top Male Pop Personality 1958 - NME Reader Polls Best New Disc or TV Singer 1959 - NME Reader Polls UK Male Singer 1959 - NME Reader Polls Best Single 1960 - NME Reader Polls Best UK Single 1961 - NME Reader Polls UK Male Singer 1962 - NME Reader Polls UK Male Singer 1963 - NME Reader Polls UK Male Singer 1963 - NME Reader Polls Best World Male Singer 1964 - NME Reader Polls UK Male Singer 1964 - NME Reader Polls UK Vocal Personality 1965 - NME Reader Polls UK Male Singer 1966 - NME Reader Polls UK Male Singer 1966 - NME Reader Polls UK Vocal Personality 1967 - NME Reader Polls UK Vocal Personality 1968 - NME Reader Polls UK Vocal Personality 1969 - NME Reader Polls British Vocal Personality 1970 - NME Reader Polls UK Male Singer 1970 - NME Reader Polls UK Vocal Personality 1970 - NME Reader Polls World's Best Recording Artist of the '60s 1971 - NME Reader Polls UK Male Singer 1971 - NME Reader Polls British Vocal Personality 1972 - NME Reader Polls UK Male Singer 1972 - NME Reader Polls British Vocal Personality 1968 - Ivor Novello Awards for Most Performed Work 1970 - Ivor Novello Awards for Outstanding Services to Music 1959 - Melody Makers Best Male Singer 1960 - Melody Makers Top British Male Singer 1962 - The Emen Award for Top male singer 1962 - Melody Makers Top British Male Singer 1962 - Melody Maker Top single of the year 1963 - Melody Maker Best Male Singer 1964 - Melody Maker Best Male Singer 1965 - Melody Maker Best UK Male Singer 1967- Melody Maker Top Male Singer 1967 - Disc & Music Echo Award for Best-Dressed Male 1968 - Disc & Music Echo Award for Best-Dressed Male 1969 - Disc & Music Echo Award for Best-Dressed Male 1970 - Disc & Music Echo Award for Top British Male Singer 1970 - Disc & Music Echo Award for Best-Dressed Male 1970 - Disc & Music Echo Award for Mr. Valentine 1971 - Disc & Music Echo Award for Mr. Valentine 1964 - Bravo Magazine Award for Best Male Singer Gold 1964 - Bravo Magazine Award for Year End Singles Charts 1965 - Bravo Magazine Award for Year Best Male Singer Gold 1980 - Bravo Magazine Award for Top International Male Singer 1964 - Record Mirror Polls Award for Best-Dressed Singer in the World 1961 - Royal Variety Club Award for Show Business Personality 1961 - Weekend Magazine Award for Star of Stars 1962 - Motion Picture Herald Box’s Most Popular Male Film Actor 1963 - Motion Picture Herald Box’s Most Popular Male Film Actor 1963 - 16 US Magazine Award for Most Promising Singer 1964 - Billboard US Magazine Award for Best Recording Artist UK 1969 - Valentine Magazine Award for Mr. ValentineAward 1970 – National Viewers' and Listeners' Association Award for Outstanding Contribution to Religious Broadcasting and Light Entertainment 1971 - Record Mirror Award for UK Male Singer 1974 - Silver Clef for Outstanding Services to the Music Industry 1977 - Golden Badge Award 1979 - Music Week Special Award for 21 years as successful recording artistes 1979 - EMI Records Gold Clock and Gold Key award 1980 - Richard receives O.B.E.
Sir Cliff, though notoriously private about it, is a self-confessed lifelong bachelor. This means that he has a 'Sir' in front of his name. Cliff was heavily influenced by Elvis, imitating him shamelessly during the first couple of years of his career. Ringo Starr and The Beatles helped to build his fanbase. He maintains an extremely clean image and is quite proud of it. Richard was quick to capitalize on his popularity, starring in his first film, Serious Charge, in 1959, and softening his sound slightly to appeal to a broader audience. He featured at 56th spot in the 2002 list of ‘100 Greatest Britons’, based on public votes, conducted by BBC.