Cliff Richard

Born 14 October 1940.
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Sir Cliff Richard speaks to Johnnie Walker

Sir Cliff Richard joins Johnnie Walker in the studio to speak about his musical career.

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Sir Cliff Richard OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb, 14 October 1940) is a British pop singer, musician, performer, actor and philanthropist. He has been a resident for most of his life in the United Kingdom, but in 2010 confirmed that he is now a citizen of Barbados. He divides his time between living in Barbados and at a vineyard property in Portugal. Richard has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. He has total sales of over 21 million singles in the United Kingdom and is the third-top-selling singles artist in the UK's history, behind the Beatles and Elvis Presley.

With his backing group the Shadows, Richard, originally positioned as a rebellious rock and roll singer in the style of Little Richard and Elvis Presley, dominated the British popular music scene in the pre-Beatles period of the late 1950s and early 1960s. 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." Increased focus on his Christian faith and subsequent softening of his music later led to a more middle of the road pop image, sometimes venturing into contemporary Christian music.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Bold as Brass

    Bold as Brass 2010

    Reviewed by Adrian Edwards
    Will pleasantly surprise those who might not have expected him to take up the challenge.
  2. Review of The Platinum Collection

    The Platinum Collection 2005

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    The Platinum Collection is packed with variety that, while often verging into MOR...
  3. Review of Something's Goin' On

    Something's Goin' On 2004

    Reviewed by Alwyn Turner
    It's the kind of record that gives the middle-of-the-road a good name.
  4. Review of Always Guaranteed (Remastered.)

    Always Guaranteed (Remastered.) 2004

    Reviewed by Jack Smith
    If you like Cliff Richard and don't have the original, this album is a must.
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