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'Miss You Nights'
Cliff Richard
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26 year old Dave Townsend wrote Miss You Nights in 1974 while his girlfriend was away on holiday. He recorded it on an album for Island records which was then shelved by the company. Island decided to recoup the £20,000 costs through cover deals. A year later the head of Music at Island records in LA, Lionel Conway, handed a bunch of
Cliff Richard
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Composer Dave Townsend
Genre Pop
Album Whole Story: His Greatest Hits
Released 1976
UK Chart Position 15
demo tapes to Bruce Welch, one of the Shadows and now also a producer. Welch was looking for songs to revitalise Cliff Richard’s flagging career. Back home he flicked over one of the cassette tapes and played a song he hadn’t heard in the Island office. He instantly recognised it as a hit. The song’s haunting ethereal quality owed a lot to Andrew Powell’s string arrangements. The uncomplicated, original imagery and potent feelings of longing and loneliness marked it as a great love song. Welch played it to Cliff and they recorded it in September 1975. It gave Cliff his first top ten hit in 2 years and along with “Devil Woman” from the same album relaunched his career. Of the song and its writer Cliff said: I think it’s one of the nicest songs I’ve ever made…when I heard his version it was terrific, so we just stole the whole thing. He was pleased to have that happen. I mean it could have been anybody. It would have been a hit.”


Bruce Welch
Bruce Welch
Ex-Shadow and record producer, Bruce Welch, talks about changing Cliff’s style of song in the mid-70s.



 

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Demis Roussos
 Demis Roussos lent a high euphonious tenor to the song.

Just the perfect romantic ballad from my favourite 'Knight'


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