For a timeless performing artiste with a large body of work like Cliff Richard, Kiranji and I thought we should have more than a single program to attempt to cover his large body of work that has been created over nearly six decades. Fortunately Kiranji was gracious enough to agree. For the broadcast of the 1st program on 28th February, I purposely brought in only songs that Cliff gave us from 1958-70. I decided to cover the later part in the second part. There was a reason for this. Cliff in the initial phase was only a Rock and Roll and later a Pop Music star. He changed his style later. His later musical output sees a shift to more electric, then techno sounds, and also a change of the ethos to more Gospel and devotional/ spiritual music and moving away from the old themes of love and passion, although he didn’t quite scuttle these old reliable themes in totality .
Sir Cliff Richard is a British singer and actor who made his professional debut in August 1958. His works consist of 47 studio albums (45 English, 2 German), 7 soundtrack albums, 11 live albums, 3 stage show cast albums, 17 mainstream compilation albums, 7 box sets, 8 gospel compilation albums, 46 EPs, and 146 singles (in the UK, including singles only available via digital download). It also includes numerous mid-price compilation albums, repackaged albums, and 1 remix album. These include Richard’s releases in his native UK plus a small number of new music releases for specific markets such as France, West Germany, Japan, and the United States. There have been many additional compilation albums and singles released outside the UK that are too numerous to mention however, some of the more successful or notable singles released outside the UK are part of the Singles section.
It is claimed Cliff Richard’s worldwide sales are 260 million, which makes him the second highest selling British male solo artist worldwide of all time, after Sir Elton John.
Sir Cliff Richard, together with his backing band The Shadows, were particularly dominant in the UK during the pre- Beatles era.
The Shadows (originally known as the Drifters) were an English instrumental rock group, who dominated the British popular music charts in the pre-Beatles era. They served as the backing band for Cliff Richard from 1958 to 1968, and have joined him for several concerts and tours.
The Shadows have had several UK chart singles from the 1950s to the 2000s, out of which 34 are credited to Cliff Richard and the Shadows. The group, who were in the forefront of the UK beat-group boom, were the first backing band to emerge as stars. As pioneers of the four-member instrumental format, the band consisted of lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar and the drums. Their range covers pop, rock, surf rock and ballads with a jazz influence.
The core members from 1958 to present are guitarists Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch and drummer Brian Bennett (who has been with the group since its inception with various bassists and occasionally keyboardists through the years. Along with the Fender guitar, another cornerstone of the Shadows sound was the Vox amplifier.
The Shadows’ #1 hits included “Apache”, “Kon-Tiki”, “Wonderful Land”, “Foot Tapper” and “Dance On!”. Although these and most of their best-remembered hits were instrumentals, the group also recorded occasional vocal numbers, and hit the UK top ten with a group-song. Four other vocal songs by the Shadows also made the UK charts. They disbanded in 1968, but reunited in the 1970s for further commercial success.
The Shadows are the fifth most successful act in the UK singles chart, behind Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Cliff Richard and Madonna. The Shadows and Cliff Richard & the Shadows each have had four #1 selling EPs.
The Shadows formed as a backing band for Cliff Richard under the name The Drifters, the original members were founder Ken Pavey, Terry Smart on drums, Norman Mitham on guitar, Ian Samwell on guitar and Harry Webb (before he became Cliff Richard) on both the guitar and vocals. They had no bass player.
Samwell wrote their debut single, “Move It”, often mistakenly attributed to “Cliff Richard and the Shadows” and not the Drifters . Two session players, guitarist Ernie Shear and bassist Frank Clark, played on the “Move It” single to ensure a strong sound. Welch and Marvin could not be at the start of making history with “Move It”.
The Drifters signed for Jack Good’s Oh Boy! television series. EMI signed Richard, and asked Johnny Foster to recruit a better guitarist. Foster went to Soho’s known for musical talent performing there, particularly in skiffle, in search of guitarist Tony Sheridan. Sheridan was not there but Foster’s attention was caught by Hank Marvin, who played guitar well and wore Buddy Holly-style glasses.
In spring the same year, the owner of the United States vocal group The Drifters threatened legal action over naming rights after the release and immediate withdrawal of “Feelin Fine” in the US. The second single, Jet Black, was released in the States under the name of The Four Jets to avoid further legal aggravation, but a new band name was urgently needed. The name “The Shadows” was thought up by bass guitarist Jet Harris (unaware of Bobby Vee’s backing group).
Later on, the group appeared with Cliff Richard in the films, The Young Ones, Summer Holiday, Wonderful Life, and Finders Keepers. They also appeared as marionettes in the Gerry Anderson film Thunderbirds Are GO, and starred in a short film called Rhythm ‘n Greens which became the basis of a music book and an EP.
They appeared in pantomime: Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp at the London Palladium, with Arthur Askey, where Richard played Aladdin, and the Shadows as Wishee, Washee, Noshee and Poshee; Cinderella at the Palladium featured Richard as Buttons and the Shadows as the Broker’s Men. Their film and stage roles allowed the group to develop as songwriters.
The packaging of hits in Twenty Golden Greats by EMI in 1977, which led to a number one album prompted the group to re-form once more for a ‘Twenty Golden Dates’ tour around the UK, featuring Francis Monkman (formerly of Curved Air and soon to be in Sky) on keyboards and Alan Jones on bass guitar. Francis left after that tour and the line-up settled as Marvin, Welch and Bennett, supplemented on records and gigs by Cliff Hall (keyboards) and Alan Jones (bass). It was this line-up that reunited with Cliff Richard for two concerts at the London Palladium in March 1978.
For the group’s 25th anniversary in 1983, the Shadows released a double album on the Tellydisc label entitled “Shadows silver Album” which contained previously released recent material along with new recently recorded tracks. In July 1984 the Shadows along with Cliff Richard , went for a series of celebratory concerts at Wembley Arena and Birmingham NEC.
In June 1989 the Shadows once again reunited with Sir Cliff to celebrate 30 years in show business where the singer filled London’s Wembley Stadium for two nights with a spectacular titled “The Event” in front of a combined audience of 144,000 people. As a special surprise for the fans Cliff, invited onto the stage original and founding members of the group Jet Harris and Tony Meehan to perform “Move It” with him and his band.
In June 1990, Cliff and the Shadows performed to an estimated 120,000 people at Knebworth Park as part of an all-star concert line-up that also included Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, and Elton John. The concert in aid of charity was televised around the world and helped to raise $10.5 million for disabled children.
Sir Cliff Richard is difficult to categorise because of his stylistic range, which includes pop, rock, surf rock and ballads with a jazz influence. The rhythmic style is primarily on the beat, with little syncopation.
And as far as The Shadows and their management is concerned , they did not exploit the commercial opportunities such as self-promotion via artwork. They allowed Vox to produce metallic badges in a script typeface, with the group name on the front bottom right corner of all three Vox cabinets. This badge became the “default” band logo but was never commercially exploited by the group.
The Shadows developed sequences using their movements and guitars in tempo with the music, such as ‘the walk’. It has been copied by other groups.
During the 1980s, rather than play in a static posture during an instrumental number, or using the walk, their live act was refined to include another movement. This featured Marvin, Welch and the bassist moving their guitars in time, or re-engineered in sequence, with note or chord changes.
During the late 1950s in the UK, it was a common practice for pop stars to adopt a stage name, and several members of the original Cliff Richard and the Shadows did so: Harry Webb became “Cliff Richard”, Brian Rankin became “Hank B. Marvin”, Terence Harris became “Jet Harris” and Bruce Cripps became “Bruce Welch”.
Richard’s sales of singles within the UK itself make him the highest selling British male solo artist of singles of all time. In the rock and roll era in which Richard’s career began, singles were the dominant sales medium, generally far ahead of album sales.
Richard’s debut single “Move It” written by his original guitarist Ian Samwell and released in August 1958, was the first truly home-grown British rock and roll hit. It reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart and spent 17 weeks on the chart. His fifth single, “Living Doll” reached #1 in 1959, spent 6 weeks at the summit while becoming the UK’s highest selling single of 1959. From then, through to 1963, Richard achieved 19 consecutive top 4 singles, including 7 number ones and a further 6 peaking at #2. Richard accumulated a total of 28 weeks at #1 on the UK Singles Chart in this period. His biggest hit of this period was “The Young Ones”, which debuted at #1 on the UK charts, spent a total of 6 weeks at #1 and went on to achieve the rare feat in the UK alone, of sales of over a million – it was only the sixth million seller in the UK and remains his highest selling single in the UK. From 1964, despite the emerging dominance of the Beatles and beat music, Richard continued achieving top 10 hits throughout, although the frequency of top 5 hits dropped off. The track “Congratulations” was chosen to be his first Eurovision Song Contest entry , although it came second in the contest, it became his biggest hit of the last half of the sixties, reaching #1in the UK and a number of European countries.
For the first half of the 1970s, Richard struggled to achieve big hits, apart from his Eurovision Song Contest entry. It was not until 1975 that Richard changed the focus of his recording career from singles to albums, beginning with the recording of the I’m Nearly Famous album, released in late 1975 which became his first US top 10 hit and biggest US hit. From this time, the singles were generally lifted from the albums (although not exclusively). In 1979, Richard’s single, “We Don’t Talk Anymore” became the highest selling record of his career achieving worldwide sales over 4 million. From the late 1970s through the 1980s and into the 1990s Richard not only continued to have many top 10 hit singles, he had a string of hit studio, compilation and live albums, giving him the best album sales of his career. From the mid-1990s, he still has continued to have top 10 and top 5 hit albums, even still managing to have top 5 singles throughout the first decade of the 2000s, up until song downloads began to be included in the UK Singles Chart.
Richard has achieved 14 number one singles on the UK Singles Chart, including the unique distinction of having two versions of the same song hitting number-one on the singles chart. “Living Doll” first topped the charts in 1959, then again 26 years later in a re-recording for a charity with the cast of The Young Ones (TV series). Richard also has the distinction of being the only artist to have achieved UK #1 singles in five consecutive decades, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
Richard has also achieved 7 number one albums on the UK Albums Chart in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s and has amassed 30 top 5 albums and 46 top 10 albums.
In 2018, it was Richard’s 60th year in the music industry and he released his first studio album of new recordings in 14 years, titled “Rise Up”. In 2020, Richard released his 105th album, “Music… The Air That I Breathe”. The album entered the UK Albums Chart at #3, which has seen Richard become the first artist to make the top five of the albums chart for eight consecutive decades. It is his 46th top ten album in the UK.
Richard’s debut album Cliff was recorded live at Abbey Road Studios before a small invited audience. It was released in April 1959 and reached #4 on the UK Album Chart. It is still listed under Live albums.
Such is his success story!!!
- Power to all our friends
“Power to All Our Friends” is a song by Cliff Richard which was chosen as the official British entry to the Eurovision Song Contest in 1973, by a postal vote which was decided by BBC viewers after Richard performed six contending songs on “A Song For Europe”, featured on Cilla Black’s BBC1 Saturday evening show Cilla. The runner-up song was “Come Back Billie Jo”, written by Mitch Murray and Tony Macaulay, which was included as the B-side on the single. “Power to All Our Friends” came third in the Eurovision Song Contest.
It was released as a single in 1973 and reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart and became an international hit reaching number one in numerous countries.
Richard had previously represented the United Kingdom in 1968 with “Congratulations”, which came second, under somewhat controversial circumstances with allegations of “match fixing” and a single vote from the Spanish representative putting paid to Cliff’s song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAOwf78KKmY
2. Miss you nights:
“Miss You Nights” is a song written by Dave Townsend and made famous worldwide by Cliff Richard. The song has been recorded by numerous other artists, most notably Westlife, who released it as the second track on a double A-Side Single in 2003. The Westlife single reached number 3 in the UK singles chart. Townsend wrote the song in 1974 while his girlfriend was away on holiday. He recorded it on an album for Island Records, but the label shelved the album and decided to recoup part of the cost of the unreleased album through cover deals. Some demo tapes were handed to Bruce Welch of The Shadows, to who also worked as producer for Cliff Richard and was looking for songs to revitalize his career. Welch immediately recognized it as a hit – “Andrew Powell’s string arrangement helped to make it a great love song through its imagery and potent feelings of longing and loneliness“. Welch and Cliff recorded it in September 1975. 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. He [Townsend] was pleased to have that happen. I mean it could have been anybody and it would have been a hit.”
Miss You Nights was first included on Richard’s 1976 studio album I’m Nearly Famous. As one of Richard’s most enduring songs, it has been included on many of his compilation albums. I love it for the romanticism and the soft, soul tugging, trademark Cliff Richard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pywfNB3e2dU
3. Devil Woman:
3. “Devil Woman” is a 1976 single by British singer Cliff Richard from his album ” I’m Nearly Famous”
A worldwide hit on its original release, the song saw a resurgence in popularity after appearing in the film, I, Tonya, as the theme for the character of LaVona Golden, played by Allison Janney.
The song was written by Terry Britten and Christine Authors (who was the singer of the Family Dogg under her birth name Christine Holmes). The song is told from the point of a view of a man jinxed by an encounter with a stray/ street cat with evil eyes, and his discovery that the psychic medium , a Gypsy whose help he had actually sought to break the curse, was actually the one responsible for the curse in the first place. However, the nature of the curse is not made clear.
Released in late April 1976, “Devil Woman” made its way up to number 9 on UK singles charts in June 1976. It became Richard’s first single to reach the Top 20 in the US, making all the way to number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Richard’s highest peaking single and biggest seller in the US. “Devil Woman” is the third biggest-selling Cliff Richard single with over two million copies sold worldwide.It was certified Gold in the US as well as in Canada.
The song is heavily guitar-driven, with soft-distortion lines doubling the melody in the chorus and long, high, sustained single notes providing atmosphere over the verses. A Rhodes electric piano, bass guitar, drums, and percussion are the only other instruments. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJwwIDCeqoU
4. We Don’t Talk Anymore 1979
“We Don’t Talk Anymore” is a song that reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, in August 1979, remaining there for four weeks. Produced by The Shadows’ rhythm guitarist, Bruce Welch, and written by Alan Tarney, it was Cliff Richard’s tenth UK number one and his first since “Congratulations” in 1968.
Tarney wrote the song in 1979, planning to use it on an album with the Tarney/ Spencer Band. However, Tarney showed a demo of the song to Welch during a break in recording sessions for Where to Now by Charlie Dore (which the two were producing at the time). Welch instantly new it was going to be a hit and phoned up Richard’s manager Peter Gormley, as he believed “there was only one person who could record it — Cliff Richard”.
It was released as a stop-gap single between the albums Green Light and Rock ‘n Roll Juvenile. However, it wasn’t meant to be included on Rock ‘n’ Roll Juvenile, as Richard didn’t think it was appropriate for “an energy packed album of progressive rock ‘n’ roll”. However, the EMI record label were insistent on including it after it became a massive hit and Richard reluctantly conceded, despite his initial misgivings. Coming just before his 39th birthday, and just when it was announced that he was to receive the OBE for services to music, the record cemented his comeback, which continued well into the 1980s and 1990s. The single remains his biggest worldwide seller; it was number one in Germany for five weeks (his only English-language German chart-topper, though he had two German-language number ones there in the 1960s), and reached #7 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. The fact that its chart run extended beyond the end of 1979 meant Richard became the first act to reach the Hot 100’s top 40 in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pulwa9s7Q_4
“Dreamin’” (“Dreaming” in U.S.) is a song recorded by Cliff for his album ” I’m No Hero”. The track was the first of three single releases and was the biggest hit from the album.
“Dreaming” became Richard’s third and final U.S. Top 10 hit. It reached top 10 in several countries. “Dreaming” achieved silver certification for sales in the UK.
The release of the follow-up single from Richard’s I’m No Hero album, “A Little in Love” was delayed by the release of his duet Suddenly with Olivia Newton-John. An amazingly energetic song for the title. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nqrwUHIh8s
6. Please Don’t fall in love “Please Don’t Fall in Love” is a song released as a single in November 1983 in the UK. The song, written by Mike Batt, was the second single released in the UK from Richard’s 25th Anniversary studio album, aptly titled (rather expectedly) Silver. A Pop Ballad, it shows Classical Cliff Richard in the husky, soft, slow beginning almost like a loud whisper that builds up to a more urgent , impleading set of lyrics. One of my most favourite Cliff Songs of all time, this is such a soothing, treacly, sweet melody. Who could say “no” to the song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezleahvaV0g
7. Ocean Deep
“Ocean Deep” is a truly sentimental ballad, written by Rod Trott and Jon Sweet and originally released in 1983 on Silver, also later released as a single in 1984 in the UK as well as South East Asia. Richard discussed how he came to record the song with an interviewer from the Philippines, “Ocean Deep was an unusual one because it came through the post from two writers who I didn’t know; they were amateurs. When something comes in like that, privately, usually they’re not very good. So I didn’t listen to it for about three months. And then when I came home from a tour, I saw this tape and I said, ‘Okay, I’ll play it,’ and I exclaimed, ‘Oh, it’s fantastic!’ I love the song! I was so pleased that these two guys sent that to me. I’m very happy that “Ocean Deep” is very popular in Southeast Asia.”
Despite having little chart success, the song quickly became a phenomenon among Richard’s fans the world over, with fans voting the song as their favourite, 25 times out of 26 in the annual “Cliff Poll” of fans’ favourite songs between 1984 (when it first appeared) and the final poll in 2009. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUOagdNmMjA
8. The Best of Me.
“The Best of Me” is a song performed originally by the Canadian singer David Foster, and the title-track of his debut solo album in November 1983.
The song was composed in 1982 by Foster, Jeremy Lubbock and Richard Marx. It has since been recorded by numerous artists, and Cliff chose it for his 100th single milestone in 1989.
Before releasing his 100th single, Richard invited 2,000 British fans to the London Palladium for a preview of six songs from his forthcoming album (which would be released as Stronger) , to vote on which one they liked most as possible 100th single. Ironically, “The Best of Me” actually was voted second to “Stronger Than That”. Regardless, it was enough confirmation for Richard to choose “The Best of Me” with its fitting lyrics as a tribute to his audience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1bjbBwpRSE
9. Mistletoe and Wine.
Mistletoe and Wine, is a Christmas song made famous as a chart-topping single by Sir Cliff Richard in 1988. The song was written by Jeremy Paul, Leslie Stewart and Keith Strachan for a musical called Scraps, which was an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s, “The Little Match Girl” set in Victorian London.
As originally conceived, “Mistletoe and Wine” had a different meaning than that for which it has come to be known.
The context is meant to be a kind of a pastiche carol. The writers wanted a song that sounded like a Christmas carol, intending it to be sung ironically.
Richard liked the song, and altered the lyrics to reflect a more religious theme (which the writers accepted).
Richard’s 99th single, it became his 12th UK #1 single, spending four weeks at the top in 1988 and selling 750,000 copies in the process. In the short six-week period since its release, it became the highest-selling single of 1988. Simultaneously, it also spent four weeks at the top of the Irish Singles.
In December 2007, the single re-entered the UK Singles Chart by virtue of downloads, peaking at # 68. One of the record breaking statistics often cited about Richard is his achievement of number one hit singles in five consecutive decades.
Richard’s version of the song was also used in a British public information film about drunk driving. The film was part of the Drinking And Driving Wrecks Lives campaign, where films were shown during ad breaks over the Christmas period.This version also appeared in BBC Two’s 2015 comedy-drama. The 1988’s Christmas #1 single beat the likes of Petula Clark, Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan (who got 1988’s Christmas #2 with “Especially for You” and ended up spending three weeks at #1 in January 1989 beating Erasure, Phil Collins, U2 to the Christmas top spot.
With lyrics in Swedish by Ingela “Pling” Forsman as Juletid (“Christmastime”), Carola Søgaard and Christer Sjögren recorded the song on their Swedish Language Christmas album in 1991.
As recently as 2020, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe included “Mistletoe and Wine” on their Christmas album Together at Christmas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCM10_DCGxw
10. Saviour’s Day
is a song by Cliff Richard which was the United Kingdom Christmas #1 single in 1990, the second occasion Richard had a solo Christmas #1 (the first being “Mistletoe and Wine” in 1988).
This was Cliff Richard’s 100th Top 40 hit in the UK.
It was produced by Cliff Richard and Paul Moessl.
The music video was filmed in Dorset, in the town of Swanage and at a famous landmark Durdle Door in Lowarth Cove in 1990. Richard and the extras in the video were asked to wear winter clothes for the Christmas song, but the day’s filming took place on a warm summer day with blue sky and sunshine. It featured Richard and the extras singing together on top of the limestone arch of Durdle Door in Dorset on the Jurassic coast.
This Christmas song was first heard by Cliff Richard when it was played to him by the song’s writer, Chris Eaton at the previous year’s office party. Eaton wrote the song in October 1989 and had been warned that all of Richard’s songs for the following year were already booked in and there wouldn’t be any space for it. However, Eaton insisted that Richard listen to the tape he brought along, and so they left the party and listened to it in Richard’s Rolls-Royce. Richard immediately liked the song and predicted that it could be a number one record.
Unlike Cliff’s previous and aforementioned 80s Christmas hit which was penned in the summer months, this one was written in October 1989 by singer/songwriter Chris Eaton, who also provided the backing vocals on Roger Daltrey’s 1987 solo album Can’t Wait To See The Movie. Eaton was a songwriter who was signed with Richard’s Patch Music publishing house. He had written in the early 1980s “Lost in a Lonely World” and “Summer Rain” for the singer’s Wired for Sound album.
“Saviour’s Day” entered the UK charts at #6 and gradually climbed to the prestigious top spot becoming the official Christmas #1 for 1990.
As with many of Cliff’s festive tunes, the lyrics are related to Christianity, and asked those who may have given up on religion to come back and believe in God on the Saviour’s Day. “Don’t look back or turn away, life can be yours if you’ll only stay, he is calling you, calling you on the Saviour’s Day”.
The song’s success meant that Cliff Richard became the first artist to achieve #1s in the UK in five different decades. He commented, “You can’t beat having #1s and, of course, this was my #1 of the ’90s”.
Filmed in the Summer of 1990 at Durdle Door and released for Christmas in November 1990, notices went up on the telegraph poles to go down to Durdle Door wearing scarves and hats and gloves on a really hot summer day to create the festive spirit! So a lot of people gathered there to participate in the shooting of the video and Cliff was dropped from a helicopter onto the arch.
The song contained one of the greatest key changes in music history and a marvellous flute rendition.
This is a song about Christmas and about the true spirit of Christmas. But unlike most modern Christmas songs, he doesn’t forget what Christmas is all about: the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and all that it represents, because Christmas is the Saviour’s Day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6-f40IJIHY
11. The Millennium Prayer
Millennium Prayer song by Cliff Richard, is from the Album: The Whole Story His Greatest Hits (1999) which charted at #1 in the UK.
This song is the words of The Lord’s Prayer (“Our father, who art in heaven…) with the tune of “Auld Lang Syne.” It is the first and so far only UK #1 to be in blank verse.
This was a hit. EMI, which was Cliff Richard’s record label for 40 years, refused to promote it so Cliff took it to an independent label, Papillon.
The proceeds from this went to the charity Children’s Promise: The Millennium Final Hour Appeal. It raised £1 million.
The song’s writer, Paul Field, was watching Princess Diana’s funeral at a service station on a large screen along with a large crowd. As The Lord’s Prayer was recited, many joined in. Paul realized that although this was a secular age with falling church attendance, most people were familiar with The Lord’s Prayer.
Inspired by that thought, he set it to the tune of the traditional hymn “Auld Lang Syne” for a church musical, Hopes And Dreams. A CD was recorded using Cliff Richard, whom Paul knew. Cliff decided to record it as a single to tie in with the Christmas period and the Millennium celebrations. He reasoned that as The Lord’s Prayer celebrated Christmas and “Auld Lang Syne” the turn of the year, it would make for an excellent single. It became the third-best seller of his amazingly long and prolific career. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Td_4Jy8TKC4
12. Thank you for a lifetime
“Thank You For a Lifetime”, is an aptly titled 2008 pop single by Cliff Richard to coincide with the 50th anniversary of his music career. The single release reached #3 on the UK Singles Chart. The song is a tribute to his fans, and features the line “I gave you a lifetime, you gave me the time of my life”. It was written by Charlie Grant, Jez Ashurst and Pete Woodroffe. As per 2021 official records, it remains his last UK Top 10 hit.
This song was part of his (also aptly titled) Album: “They Said It Wouldn’t Last (My 50 Years In Music) (2008)”
This autobiographical song reminisces about Cliff Richard’s life and times in music. It was specifically written to mark the ‘Peter Pan of Pop‘s’, 50th anniversary since his first UK hit “Move It.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mL8Rg2yXtg
Each and every year Cliff has released more singles,DVDs etc. for millions of his fans. If one listens to the chorus, it sounds a bit like “Downtown” by Petula Clark. This single did manage to sell more CDs than the whole top 75 singles chart put together.
His legions of adoring fans greeted every song of his with enthusiasm and with such energy that Sir Cliff undoubtedly feeds off it.
Much has been written about the Peter Pan of Pop whose extensive repertoire dates back to the 1950s, starting with that Rock ’n’ Roll classic ‘Move It’, which still sounds as if it has just been written and was one of the firsts of the many high points of his successful career. ‘Do You Wanna Dance’ was the song where he imported the first Fender Stratocaster into the UK.
He’s not only an artist churning out the hits, but also growing up with his audience, by making an effort to ensure variety..
An amazing artiste with a remarkable, extreme longevity in an Industry where tastes change every year and so many performers have auto destructed. I was happy I could spend two episodes covering his very large body of work and durability. Stay safe, folks, stay happy and healthy.