Celebrating his 58th anniversary in the music business this year, Cliff Richard is indisputably Britain’s all-time greatest hit-maker – the ultimate pop star! No other UK band or solo artist is even close to equalling his 101 Album Releases, 123 single hits, or can claim to have occupied a place’ in our charts for the equivalent of over 20 years! Highlights of this remarkable career are too numerous to mention, but successful films, musicals, concert tours and television shows have all contributed to the Cliff Richard legend.
Cliffs 50th anniversary as a show-business phenomenon was marked by a celebratory UK concert tour – ’Cliff Richard – The Time Machine Tour’ in 2008, plus the publication of a new autobiography – My Life. My Way – and the release by EMI of an 8-CD box set – And They Said It Wouldn’t Last! – comprising some of Cliffs well-known hits, but also featuring rarer tracks and 35 previously unreleased songs.
In 2009/10 Cliff reunited with The Shadows for an extensive sell-out tour of Britain, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. To mark his 70th birthday in October 2010. Cliff played six concerts in London’s Royal Albert Hall. Entitled Bold As Brass, they introduced a new musical genre as Cliff performed with a swing band. Cliff performed in the Queens Diamond Jubilee concert in June 2012 and was honoured to be one of the Olympic torch bearers for the opening of the London 2012 Olympics. Amidst a flurry of publicity Cliff released his 100th album The Fabulous Rock ’n’ Roll Songbook’ in 2013. This new studio album of 15 great rock ’ n ‘ roll tracks was recorded live at the Blackbird Studio and The Parlor in Nashville, Tennessee, and is Cliff’s tribute to the greats of rock ’n‘ roll who inspired and influenced him, such as Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly.
Cliff celebrated his 75th Birthday in October 2015 by performing at the Royal Albert Hall as part of a UK concert hall tour. Cliff was surprised by stars including Sir Flton John, Gary Barlow, Brian May, Paul O’Grady, Elaine Paige and Jimmy Tarbuck who had recorded personal messages played on stage at his birthday celebration concert where he was also reunited on stage with Olivia Newton-John performing the duet “Suddenly”.
Cliff’s knighthood, bestowed in the 1995 Birthday Honours for his tireless charity work, was the first such to be given to a pop star. His practical support of so many good causes reflects the reality of his deep Christian commitment. which began in the mid-1960’s, and which, despite the media critics who claimed it was a passing fad or a publicity gimmick, has been the motivating force in his life ever since.