Cliff Richard

From26 June 2019to01 July 2019

Cliff Richard

Sir Cliff Richard OBE, born Harry Rodger Webb is a pop singer, musician, actor and philanthropist, who has sold upwards of 250 million records worldwide, with 21 million singles in the UK alone.

Born at King George’s Hospital in Lucknow, India, to Rodger Oscar Webb, a catering contractor who serviced the Indian Railway, and Dorothy Marie Dazely. It was when he was eight that his family sailed to Tilbury, Essex, on the SS Ranchi. It wasn’t until he was 16 that his father bought him a guitar and he formed the Quintones vocal group in 1957. He later became the singer of a rock and roll group called the Drifters, which was also around the time that entrepreneur Harry Greatorex wanted this up and coming rock singer to adopt the stage name “Cliff” – a reference to the geological feature, suggesting “Rock”. Richard, his surname is a tribute to Little Richard.

With a new name, he recorded a song called “Move It” which reached No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart in 1958. John Lennon dubbed it as the first British rock record. They released follow-up singles such as “High Class Baby” and “Livin’ Lovin’ Doll”. It was the song “Living Doll” that became the first No. 1 single for the band. It was by this time that legendary guitarist Hank Marvin joined the line up. In the 1960’s Richard had a streak of 23 consecutive top ten UK hits from “A Voice in the Wilderness” to “The Minute You’re Gone” which is still a record that he holds to this day. It was also in the 60’s that he featured in the most films, such as The Young Ones, Summer Holiday, Wonderful Life, and Thunderbirds are GO.

He has won a number of awards to this day such as BRIT Awards for Best British male solo artist in 1977 and 1982, and an Ivor Novello in 1970 for Outstanding Services to Music.

In March 1966, Richard decided to give away at least a tenth of his income to charity. He states that two biblical principles have guided him how to use money, one of which is that money is the root of all evil and the other is to be good and responsible stewards of what was entrusted to us. He is also a supported of many other organisations such as “Tearfund”, a Christian charity, Alzheimer’s Research UK, and many more.

With a body of work that spans over five decades, releasing 42 studio albums, and 154 singles, in the UK, Cliff Richard is the most successful British male solo artist of all time. He is also the only artist to have achieved UK number one singles throughout five consecutive decades, in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Wednesday 26 June 2019

Cliff Richard

Open Air Theatre, Scarborough, UK


Friday 28 June 2019

Cliff Richard

Cartmel Racecourse, Barrow-in-Furness, UK


Monday 01 July 2019

Cliff Richard

Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, UK

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