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Sir Cliff Richard OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb on October 14, 1940) is a British-Barbadian vocalist. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with more than 250 million albums sold worldwide. He is the third-best-selling artist in UK Singles Chart history, behind the Beatles and Elvis Presley, with total sales of over 21.5 million singles in the UK.
Richard was promoted as a rebellious rock and roll vocalist in the vein of Elvis Presley and Little Richard at first. In the pre-Beatles period of the late 1950s to early 1960s, he ruled the British popular music industry with his backup group, the Shadows. His 1958 hit single “Move It” is widely regarded as the first true rock and roll tune in the United Kingdom.
He had a successful cinema career in the early 1960s, with films such as The Young Ones and Summer Holiday. He developed a more middle-of-the-road image as his focus on his Christianity and subsequent softening of his music led to a more middle-of-the-road image, and he occasionally dabbled in modern Christian music.
Childhood and Adolescence
Cliff Richard was born as Harry Rodger Webb to Rodger Oscar Webb, an Indian Railways catering service provider, and Dorothy Marie Dazely, a dormitory matron at Lucknow’s La Martiniere Girls’ School.
After his family migrated to Calcutta in 1945, he had his elementary education at St. Thomas’ Church School in Howrah.
In 1948, the family relocated to Tilbury, Essex, England, following India’s independence.
They lived in Carshalton, Surrey until his father got a position at ‘Thorn Electrical Industries in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, in 1949. He went to the King’s Road Junior Mixed Infants School while he was in this town.
He later attended Cheshunt Secondary Modern School, where he received his diploma in 1957. When he was 16, his father got him a guitar and he began working as a temporary clerk at Atlas Lamps.
Prior to joining the Dick Teague Skiffle Group in 1957, he founded his own singing group, the Quinones.
Life and Legacy of An Individual
After one of his previous romances did not lead to marriage, Richard remained a bachelor. “I’ve had a few of false alarms,” he responded when asked about it. I’ve had feelings for someone, but marriage is a major commitment, and being an artist takes up a lot of time.”
After the deaths of his parents, he maintains a busy life, and his sisters are his only remaining family.
He is a supporter of same-sex marriage and is an active member of the non-profit organization Tearfund.’
Cliff Richard Is a Gay Man, or Isn’t He?
Sir Cliff has been a lifetime bachelor, however, he has been linked to Australian dancer Delia Wicks and tennis player Sue Barker. In the 1970s, he was also in love with Olivia Newton-John.
Cliff frequently refuses to discuss his personal connections, and when questioned if he is gay, he has flatly denied it.
In the late 1970s, when asked, he responded: “This is not the case. People are incredibly harsh in their criticism and assessments. I’ve had female companions in the past. People, on the other hand, appear to believe that if a man does not sleep around, he is queer. For me, marriage is a unique experience. I’m not going to do anything only to satisfy others.”
Cliff has also commented about his close friendship with John McElynn, a former American priest whom he met in 2001. Cliff said in 2008, ” “Over the years, John and I have developed a strong bond. He’s also become a friend, which is excellent because I still don’t like living alone.”
In 1958, on a visit to the Regal Ballroom in Ripley, Derbyshire, he became the lead vocalist for the rock and roll group ‘Drifters,’ and took the stage name, Cliff Richard.
His track ‘Schoolboy Crush-Move It’ was an immediate breakthrough, reaching No. 2 on the UK charts. He recorded ‘High-Class Baby’ and ‘Livin’ Lovin’ Doll’ between late 1958 and early 1959.
‘Serious Charge,’ released in 1959, was his first feature. The band’s name was altered to ‘The Shadows’ subsequently.
He starred in the hugely successful 1961 film ‘The Young Ones,’ with the title song selling over a million copies.
In 1965, he released the single “On My Word,” which was another huge smash and reached number one in the UK charts.
He recorded a duet with Olivia Newton-John called ‘Suddenly’ in 1980, which reached number 20 in the UK.
In 1986, he and Sarah Brightman recorded the duet “All I Ask of You” for the musical “The Phantom of the Opera.” Throughout the 1980s, he remained one of the most popular singers, with many of his songs reaching the top of the charts.
During the Wimbledon Championships in 1996, he delighted the fans on a rainy day at Centre Court.
In 2001, he published his first studio album, “Wanted,” and followed it up with “Cliff at Christmas,” which was also a hit.
He performed in the London Palladium with ‘The Shadows’ on June 14, 2004.
On November 12th, 2007, he published ‘Love… The Album,’ a collection of his older and new tracks.
He released ‘And They Said It Wouldn’t Last (My 50 Years in Music)’, an eight-CD box set, in 2008 to commemorate his 50th year in the music profession. He joined ‘The Shadows’ for a performance at the ‘Royal Variety Performance’ the following year.
Richard and ‘The Shadows’ released ‘Reunited,’ their first studio album together in forty years, in September 2009.
In 2011, he recorded the album Soulicious,’ which was published in October of that year, featuring some of America’s most popular R&B and soul performers.
On June 4, 2012, he was one of the performers at the Diamond Jubilee Concert, which took place near Buckingham Palace.
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