Cliff Richard, whose real name is Harry Webb, is an English singer whose particularity is to be as popular across the Channel as a Johnny Halliday in Freance. He is also the artist who counts the most N ° 1 in the English Charts.
He started his musical career at the age of 16, after his father bought him his first guitar. In 1957, he formed his first group "The Quintones", then became the singer of the "Dick Teague Skiffle Group", then joined "The Drifters".
It was at this time that he took the pseudonym Cliff, Richard will be a reference to the rocker Little Richard.
He released his first single "Move it" in 1958 with the Drifters, a title that made a real splash as soon as it was released. The singer's career is launched.
He quickly became the English Elvis Presley and the hits continued for a decade. He participated twice in Eurovision, once in 1968 where he finished second with the title "Congratulations" and once in 1973 where he finished third with the title "Power to all our friends".
After the 60s which made him a real planetary star, the turn of the 70s was more difficult to negotiate and the singer saw his notoriety seriously decline.
He will regain center stage and public favors in the mid-70s with the release of singles like "Miss you nights" and "Devil woman".
But it is especially the enormous "We don’t talk anymore" which was released in 1979 which will propel him to the top of the hits of the whole world and relaunch it in a sustainable way. Over 5,000,000 copies will be sold worldwide !
In 1980, another big success with the single "Carrie". The outputs of singles will follow in the years that follow with more or less success.
But it is the album "Always guaranteed" released in 1986 which will remain as his best opus of the 80s especially with titles like "My pretty one" and the magnificent "Some people".
Decade that will end in style with the release of single hits "Mistletoe and wine" in 1988, "The best of me" in 1989 and "Savior’s day" in 1990.
Always in activity, this artist with exceptional artistic longevity is far from having said his last musical word ... matter to follow !
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
Move it 1958
Living doll 1959
Travellin' light 1959
A voice in the wilderness 1960
Fall in love with you 1960
Please don't tease 1960
Nine times out of ten 1960
I love you 1960
A girl like you 1961
When the girl in your arms is the girl in your heart 1961
The young ones 1962
I'm looking out the window 1962
It'll be me 1962
The next time 1962
Summer holliday 1963
Lucky lips 1963
It's all in the game 1963
Don't talk to him 1963
I'm the lonely one 1964
Constantly (L'Edera) 1964
On the beach 1964
I could easily (Fall ijn love with you) 1964
The minute you're gone 1965
Wind me up (Let me go) 1965
In the country 1966
It's all over 1967
The day I met Marie 1967
All my love (Solo tu) 1967
Good times (Better times) 1969
Throw down a line 1969
Goodye Sam, Hello Samantha 1970
Sunny honey girl 1971
Don't move away 1971
Power to all our friends 1973
Take me high 1973
Miss you nights 1976
Devil woman 1976
I can't ask for anymore than you 1976
My kinda life 1977
Can't take the heart anymore 1978
We don’t talk anymore 1979
A little in love 1981
Wired for sound 1981
Daddy's home 1981
The only way out 1982
Little town 1982
True love ways 1983
Please don’t fall in love 1983
Baby you're dynamite 1984
She’s so beautiful 1985
All I ask of you 1986
My pretty one 1987
Some people 1987
Remember me 1987
Two hearts 1988
Mistletoe and wine 1988
The best of me 1989
I just don’t have the heart 1989
Lean on you 1989
Stronger thant that 1990
Saviour’s day 1990
We should be together 1991
I still believe in you 1992
Peace in our time 1993
Healing love 1993
Had to be 1995
Can't keep this feeling in 1998
Millenium prayer 1999
Let me be the one 2002
Santa's list 2003
Somethin' is goin' on 2004
I cannot give you my love 2004
What Car ? 2005
21st century Christmas 2006
When I need you 2007
Thank you for a lifetime 2008
Rip it up 2013
Since I lost my baby 2014
Rise up 2018
Everything that I am 2018
Falling for you 2020
PS please 2020
Hurting each other 2022
Sleigh ride 2022
1958 ... the very first steps of a young man who will become one of the greatest singers of this end of the XXth century in just a few decades !
1959 ... the young Cliff does not imagine for a moment the incredible career that awaits him in the years and especially the decades to come. You just have to give him a little time ...
1959 ... in just 2 years its obvious potential will have literally exploded and we imagine that the decade of the 60s will see him ramp up in an impressive way
1960 ... the 1960s started off on a high note with a level of planetary success attained, to say the least, incredible given the singer's young age. And that's just the beginning...
1960 ... every title that comes out now immediately turns into a global mega hit. The singer is now on a dynamic of success which is not ready to stop ...
1960 ... mega hits follow one another at an impressive speed. The singer sticks to the times with obvious ease to say the least !
1960 ... a year 1960 which will count no less than 5 mega hits, just that ! And the years to come will unroll in much the same way, that is to say !
1960 ... the adventure is already incredible and yet only begins for the young singer. An amazing success to say the least ...
1961 ... the year 1961 will produce 2 mega hits starting with this one. A year 1961 a slight notch below the previous year but when we see the level reached by the previous year, it was almost impossible to match !
1961 ... a magnificent ballad that literally floats in the air and shows obvious versatility in the singer. Everything to please !
1962 ... we will find in 1962 almost the same level of success as in 1960, that is to say ! The singer unrolls with a truly incredible ease !
1962 ... a know-how among the best of the moment and this in an incontestable way. You can imagine that with such talent, it’s going to last a few more years !
1962 ... whether in fast mode or in softer mode, it works no matter what. Everything he touches now immediately turns into gold !
1962 ... new large caliber ballad, an Intimist domain in which his voice really does wonder. We want more !
1963 ... and it continues all the better ! Impossible to stop the young singer to whom everything succeeds in a properly insolent way !
1963 ... the singer reaches an incredible level of success with this title, a title which undoubtedly makes him one of the biggest phenomena of the moment on a planetary level. HU-GE !
1963 ... he gives here a revisited version to say the least original and above all astonishing of the title of Tommy Edwards. An original title dating from 1958 which he brings up to date with obvious pleasure !
1963 ... 4 mega hits for this year 1963, a year which will undoubtedly remain one of its best years, it is clear. One more !
1964 ... the years go by without the level of success falling by one Iota. The singer is entering his 5th year among the Elite and does not intend to stop on such a good path, it is clear !
1964 ... another absolutely sumptuous 'With emotions' track that proves us once again the extreme talent of the singer in this very particular register. MA-GIC !
1964 ... we go from one extreme to another. After the sweetness, here comes the overspeed. In addition, an overspeed that works my faith very well. The singer switches the tempos with more than obvious mastery...
1964 ... an overspeed that we find again on this title. Even if this title will not be his greatest success, it will still be one of his best achievements
1965 ... the year 1965 is no exception to the rule and allows the singer to maintain a level of success of the highest. A dynamic of success which should still last a few years. Even a few decades ...
1965 ... certainly, this year 1965 will not remain its best year of the decade but its level of success would satisfy more than one, it's clear ...
1966 ... the year 1966 will more or less resemble the year 1965. Good work, once again, but we feel like a slight decline in the level of success ...
1966 ... it is clear that this mid-1960s posed some concerns for the singer, in particular of inspiration. It's nice but nothing more ...
1967 ... another nice ballad of which he has the secret. Each year has its share of Intimist titles and each time the quality is there !
1967 ... in the same vein. A year 1967 which will be placed mainly under the sign of the softness and the register with emotions. Who would complain !
1968 ... first participation in Eurovision for the artist with a 2nd place in the final ranking. And especially a title which offers him one of the biggest success of all his discography. HU-GE !
1968 ... this title will surely not reach the level of success of its predecessor but it still allows the artist to stay in the lead without forcing too much his talent ...
1969 ... the end of a decade which ends in an ideal way with this title with certain success, one more you will say. And the decade that is looming on the horizon will not change the situation, on the contrary ...
1969 ... we can sense that something is happening in the artist's style and sound. A necessary and above all beneficial change to start the 1970s in the best conditions
1970 ... and despite all this, the beginning of the 1970s proved to be much more complicated to manage than expected. Only this title will be successful for this year 1970 ...
1971 ... the year 1971 will not be a better vintage than the year 1970, that's clear. The level of success is in free fall and what to worry about ...
1971 ... one is already a huge star and the other will soon become one. We therefore suspect that the reunion of these 2 talents would necessarily give something of the most interesting !
1973 ... after the smashing beginnings of the 50s and 60s, this beginning of the 70s rhymes rather with crossing the desert. After a year 1972 which saw him literally collapse, this new participation in Eurovision is timely. With the key a 3rd place in the competition and a huge success in the Charts !
1973 ... embellished for a short time unfortunately. The relapse in the Charts is immediate and returns the artist to a level of success not really in adequacy with his talent ...
1976 ... it will take him 2 years to go up the slope. He delivers here a sumptuous title, all in softness and finesse which automatically puts him back on the front of the stage. Phew !
1976 ... the tempo, like the sound, sticks again to the spirit of the times. From the moment when all the parameters are OK, it should unroll. And to unroll, it will unroll !
1976 ... a year 1976 which saw him come back in force on the front of the stage. He finally seems to have found the right measure of the new trends of this 70s decade !
1977 ... a year 1977 which started off rather well but which was not going to end so well. The singer will suddenly relapse in the Charts after this title and we sincerely wonder if he will be able to recover this time ...
1978 ... a year 'without' as they say. Three titles will be released that year and none will be classified. However, quality is once again the order of the day. The proof !
1979 ... then comes THIS title ! He was believed to be in total perdition and he is reborn from its ashes in a truly incredible way. He simply signs here one of the biggest Dance hits of the 70s, if not of the end of the XXth century. The whole planet dances in unison on this incredibly effective track both in terms of rhythm and sound. MO-NU-MEN-TAL !
1980 ... a total renaissance which is confirmed with this title. After a 70s decade which will have seen him frankly struggling except at the very end, the 80s promises to be much more favorable. Starting with this title which confirms his return to grace in the Charts !
1980 ... 2nd title for this year 1980 and 2nd mega planetary hit, just that. When we see the evolution of the artist in 20 years, the metamorphosis is amazing to say the least. From all points of view !
1980 ... the duo of shock but above all of charm. When 2 of the biggest stars of the moment push the song, we suspect that the result will be up to par. And it is necessarily !
1981 ... the year 1981 starts on more or less the same basis as the previous year. The singer is indeed back and surely does not intend to stop there !
1981 ... an exceptional summary of what the 80s were like in their beginnings : the music, the look, the accessories, the clip, everything is so kitsch ! And so lovely !
1981 ... when the artist goes back 20 years and plays it serial crooner as he knew so well when he started. Admittedly, he is content to resume the title of Shep And The Limelites dating from 1961 but this revisited version suits him perfectly ...
1982 ... the dynamics of success in the 1980s did not weaken by an Iota. The singer is on top form and it shows. Above all, you can hear it !
1982 ... back to sweetness. Time is as if suspended on this song which literally floats in the air but which paradoxically will only experience limited success in Charts ...
1983 ... a new return to the 1950s and its very special atmosphere. The singer here uses the title of Buddy Holly dating from 1960 and the least that can be said is that the copy is worth the original, or even exceeds it, that is to say. MA-GIC !
1983 ... new duo of shock and charm on a sumptuous Intimist track. So sumptuous that it will go almost unnoticed. Sometimes you don't have to try to understand ...
1983 ... an unbroken series of charming songs of the highest caliber. Undoubtedly, a style that suits him like a glove and which however will not bring him that much during this decade ...
1984 ... after the beginning of the 1980s on the wheel caps, this year 1984 sees him doing things on the spot. Cruel return to harsh reality ...
1985 ... a slight empty air gap filled by this title. Well, it must be said that the year 1985 will not remain as its best vintage either, it's clear
1986 ... the decade 80 was really the decade of charming duets. Charming duos who will experience more or less marked successes. It will rather be part of the top of the basket ...
1987 ... finally the return of an inspiration that was somewhat lacking. In this new year, a first excellent title which foreshadows an even bigger one to come
1987 ... probably his best title of the 80s. A Cliff Richard at the height of his art on a particularly inspired title. MAS-TER-FUL !
1987 ... a BIG year 1987 with inspiration and quality on all floors, what more could you ask for. Years like this !
1988 ... a year 1988 slightly a notch below the previous year. Despite this, the quality level remains constant and that's what is essential !
1988 ... a tailor-made title special End of year celebrations ! Any exceptional singer must have at least 1 on their record. It is now done !
1989 ... come on, a little Ultimate Slow of excellent quality to end the decade in style. A decade of 80 which will have seen him resurface in an impressive way and this for our greatest pleasure !
1989 ... a perfectly successful Dance turn which once again puts him back in the spotlight. The end of the decade is particularly beneficial, it is clear !
1989 ... one Ultimate Slow can hide another. The proof with this new example which makes this year the reference in the field concerning charming songs
1990 ... we continue in Dance mode and it works perfectly. After 3 decades of uninterrupted success, the artist is still 'In'. Amazing career !!
1990 ... a hint of Celtic sound to enhance a title which once again makes the difference. An incredible adventure that lasts, that lasts, that lasts !
1991 ... another title "Take out the handkerchiefs" of all beauty, one more you will tell me. One wonders at this stage who could stop him as his talent is inexhaustible ...
1992 ... and what about that one ! When we see the number of very high quality titles produced by the artist, we are speechless ...
1993 ... we don't even count the mega hits and the top hits of this incredible artist, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, more ... ?? !!
1993 ... exceptional longevity, at the height of the artist's talent. He will have perfectly adapted to all fashions and all trends for almost 40 years. A real feat !
1995 ... 15 years after their first duet, the 2 put back the cover in this year 1995. And even if this title there will not have the same level of success as their previous title, seeing them together is a real pleasure !
1998 ... after a mid-1990s which is somewhat difficult to negotiate, the singer finds an obvious revival of form. The proof with this particularly successful title !
1999 ... his last major hit to end a decade of great 90 concerning him. An adventure that will not stop there since we will find him again the following decade. To be continued...
2002...but how far will he go in terms of career duration, it's a good question as they say. Does he want to set a record, it could well be...
2003...especially since the quality continues to be in order, which does not spoil anything. Because others have tried to last like him but the intra-sec quality of the titles often paid the price...
2004... it is clear that he will reduce the sails during this decade 2000 and produce fewer titles than usual. But we will largely be satisfied with the little produced...
2004...his success across the Channel is undeniable and continues to make him one of the biggest stars of the last 50 years there. A well-deserved recognition !
2005...an adventure which lasts, which lasts, which lasts, which lasts in any case. Impossible to stop him at this stage and it will last a few more years...
2006...it is clear that he will go as far as he can while he can. An exceptional longevity for an artist who is not necessarily less...
2007...he revisits a title by Leo Sayer dating from 1977. All in finesse, all in softness, a title which simply asks to be listened to...
2008... fifty years of career, that's it ! Who would have thought that possible when he started his career 5 decades ago ? Not many people, that's for sure...
2013...and another decade ! He will have known all eras, all musical styles, all possible modes imaginable. On its own, it is now a true historical reference in music...
2014...and it's so much better with 2 ! When 2 references from the English scene decide to push the song together, the result can only be up to their respective talents...
2015...a 2010 decade that will see him somewhat unscrew in the Charts, something that hadn't happened to him for a long time. We suspected that it would necessarily happen one day...
2018...times are getting harder and harder for the singer and the loss of contact with the race leader is more than evident. Attention danger...
2018...yet he is far from unworthy, that's clear. But he's been there so long it's getting harder and harder to reinvent himself...
2018...should he hang up the gloves or not ? Given the lack of success achieved in the Charts during this decade of 2010, there is reason to ask the question..
2020 ... in any case he absolutely does not intend to stop there. He still believes in it again and again and he sincerely hopes to be able to reverse the trend during this new decade of 2020...
2020... after that starts from a good feeling but it is clear that there is very little chance that a miracle will happen from now on concerning him and allow him to bounce back in a consistent way...
2020... no title will be classified during this year 2020. Fortunately, the albums still interest the basic fans a little bit because it saves a minimum of furniture...
2022... here he is in gallant company alongside Carla Williams. All on a cover album of the greatest Carpenters titles...
2022... he will have made a bunch of Christmas titles out of it. It will not be the first nor the last one imagines. Because with him, we now know, nothing is ever over...
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