Cliff Richard Biography
English singer Sir Cliff Richard (born Harry Rodger Webb) is a dual British and Barbadian citizen. One of the most successful musicians of all time, he has sold more over 250 million records worldwide. He is the third-best-selling artist in the history of the UK Singles Chart with over 21.5 million singles sold there, behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley.
Richard was born on October 14, 1940, in Lucknow, then a part of British India, at King George’s Hospital (now KGMU Hospital), Victoria Street. Harry Webb developed a passion for skiffle. His father gave him a guitar when he was 16 years old, and in 1957, he started the school vocal harmony group The Quintones. Later, he joined the Dick Teague Skiffle Group to perform.
The Drifters, a rock and roll group, hired Harry Webb as their main singer (distinct from the US group of the same name). Harry Greatorex, a businessman in the 1950s, requested that the burgeoning rock and roll musician change his name. Cliff was chosen because it sounded like “cliff face,” which implied “Rock.” The surname “Richard” was proposed by “Move It” author Ian Samwell as an homage to Webb’s musical hero Little Richard.
was promoted as a rebellious rock and roll performer in Presley and Little Richard fashion. In the late 1950s to early 1960s, the pre-Beatles era, he ruled the British popular music industry with his backup band, the Shadows. His 1958 smash single “Move It” is frequently referred to as the first real rock and roll tune written in Britain. He enjoyed a successful cinema career in the early 1960s, appearing in titles like The Young Ones, Summer Holiday, and Wonderful Life. A more mainstream image resulted from a greater emphasis on his Christian faith and the concomitant mellowing of his music, and he occasionally dabbled with modern Christian music.
Richard has accumulated numerous gold and platinum records, accolades, and honors over the course of a 60-year career, including two Ivor Novello Awards and three Brit Awards. He is the artist with the most singles, albums, and EPs to chart in the UK Top 20 with over 130. Richard is the artist with the second-most top ten singles in the UK with 67. (behind Presley). He and Presley are the only acts to have appeared on the UK singles charts during the first six decades, holding the record (1950s–2000s). He has had 14 UK No. 1 singles, making him the only artist to have done it in each of the last five decades. Additionally, he scored two solo No. 1 singles during the Christmas season in the UK: “Saviour’s Day” and “Mistletoe and Wine.”
Despite having eight US Top 40 songs, including the million-selling “Devil Woman” and “We Don’t Talk Anymore,” Richard has never attained the same level of popularity in the US. He enjoyed popularity in Canada in the early 1960s, late 1970s, and early 1980s, with some of his releases earning gold and platinum certifications. He continues to enjoy popularity in the UK, as well as in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Northern Europe, and Asia. He also has a fan base in other nations. He splits his time between Barbados and Portugal while not on the road. He moved to New York in 2019.
Cliff Richard Discography
|Love is Forever|
|When in Rome|
|When in Spain|
|32 Minutes and 17 Seconds with Cliff Richard|
|Listen to Cliff!|
|Me and My Shadows|
Frequently Asked Questions
How Many No 1 Has Cliff Richard Had?
Cliff Richard has had fourteen No 1 singles on the UK Singles Chart, as well as two chart-toppers in Ireland. He has also amassed a total of 123 weeks on the UK Singles Chart, more than any other male solo artist. In terms of overall sales, Richard is estimated to have sold 250 million records worldwide.
What Was Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’S Best Selling Album?
The best selling album by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers is “Into the Great Wide Open.” This album was released in 1991 and featured the hit singles “Learning to Fly” and “Into the Great Wide Open.
What Is Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’S Most Famous Song?
“I Won’t Back Down” is Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’s most famous song. It was released in 1989 as the lead single from their fourth studio album, Full Moon Fever. The song peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).