Cliff Richard's music career began in the late 50's with The Shadows and has had number one hits in the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. He is the only artist to have had a number one hit in 5 decades.
Birth Name: Harry Rodger Webb
Born: 14th October 1940
Place of Birth: Lucknow, British India
- He converted to Christianity in his later life and he then started to create music of a softer nature.
- His debut single ‘Move It’ reached number 2 in the charts, and John Lennon claimed that ‘before Cliff and the Shadows, there had been nothing worth listening to in British music’.
- His number one hits include 'Living Doll', 'The Young Ones' and 'Bachelor Boy'.
- In 2005, the Official UK Charts Company released an all time top 50 UK singles chart, based on career aggregate sales. Cliff Richard came top at just under 21 million- overcoming the likes of The Beatles and Elvis Presley.
- In 1968 he performed for the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest with his song ‘Congratulations’, and lost out to first place by Spain by just one point.
- Throughout his career he has been handed many awards, including 3 Brits and 2 Ivor Novello awards.
- In 1980 he also received an O.B.E, and in 1995 he was the first pop star to be honoured with a full knighthood.
- In 2009, Cliff and The Shadows embarked on their 50th Anniversary 'Reunited' Tour which saw them play 11 dates across the UK.