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BirthdayOctober 14, 1940
NationalityBritish
FamousHumanitarian, Singers, Pop Singers
SiblingsDonella Webb, Jacqueline Ann Webb, Joan Webb
Known asSir Cliff Richard
Universities
  • St. Thomas' Church School
  • Howrah
  • Cheshunt School
Birth Place Lucknow
ReligionChristian
Height179cm
GenderMale
FatherRodger Oscar Webb
MotherDorothy Marie Webb
Net Worth$110 Million as of Mar 10,2017
Sun SignLibra
Born inLucknow
Famous asSinger

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Who is Cliff Richard?

Cliff Richard, the British Elvis Presley as he is known as, is one of the most famous pop singers and has sold a whopping 250 million records in his career. He has the third highest number of #1 hit in the UK and was conferred knighthood for his services to the music industry. Also, he is the first pop star from the West to have toured Russia for performances. Today, he is seen as a god-like figure of rock and roll, especially in the UK and enjoys unprecedented popularity. He is one of the very few artists whose career and life is not dotted with any sort of controversies, be it alcoholism, drug abuse or relationships. He maintains an extremely clean image and is quite proud of it. In an interview he once said, “I've always maintained I'm the most radical rock 'n' roll singer Britain has ever seen. I was the only one who didn't spit or swear or sleep around. I didn't do drugs. I didn't get drunk. I didn't indulge in soulless sex.” Truly, there are no controversies or rumors surrounding his life. He has always been candid about his relationships and has vowed to remain a life-long bachelor. Know more about Richard’s life and career in the article below.

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Childhood & Early Life

Cliff was born as Harry Rodger Webb to Rodger Oscar Webb, who worked for a catering service provider for the Indian Railways and Dorothy Marie Dazely, a dormitory matron at La Martiniere Girls' School, Lucknow.

He attended the St. Thomas' Church School, Howrah for his elementary education, after his family moved to Calcutta in 1945.

After the Independence of India, the family moved to Tilbury, Essex, England, in 1948.

They settled in Carshalton, Surrey, till his father found a job in ‘Thorn Electrical Industries’ in 1949 and took his family to Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire. Here, he attended the Kings Road Junior Mixed Infants School.

Later, he went to the Cheshunt Secondary Modern School from where he graduated in 1957. He began working as temporary clerk for Atlas Lamps and when he was 16 his father gave him a guitar.

In 1957, he formed his own band Quintones vocal group, prior to joining the Dick Teague Skiffle Group.

Career

Soon he became the lead vocalist for the rock and roll group ‘Drifters’ and adopted the stage name Cliff Richard in 1958 upon his visit to Regal Ballroom in Ripley, Derbyshire.

His single ‘Schoolboy Crush-Move It’ was an instant hit, peaking at No. 2 on UK charts. Between late 1958 and early 1959 he came up with ‘High Class Baby’ and ‘Livin' Lovin' Doll’.

In 1959, he made his film debut with ‘Serious Charge’. The name of the band was later changed to ‘The Shadows’.

He starred in the 1961 movie ‘The Young Ones’ which was a huge success, the title song of the movie garnered immense popularity and sold more than a million copies.

In 1965, he released his single ‘On My Word’ which was again a massive hit and peaked at the UK charts.

It was followed by another hit number ‘The Day I Met Marie’ in 1967, which also appeared in UK music charts. The same year, he acted in the film ‘Two a Penny’, playing the role of Jamie Hopkins, who becomes entangled in drug-dealing.

The band ‘The Shadows’ fell apart in 1968, but Richard, kept giving hit singles.

He also made his last film appearance in 1973 movie ‘Take Me High’. ‘The Shadows’ regrouped this year as well.

Till now, he was not very received in the U.S. and his fame was limited to Britain only. However, in 1976, his album ‘I'm Nearly Famous’ became an international hit and reinstated his career which had slowed down due to the arrival of the ‘Beatles’.

Another of his chartbuster was ‘We Don't Talk Anymore’ in 1979 which sold 5,000,000 copies worldwide.

In 1980, he recorded a duet, ‘Suddenly’, with Olivia Newton-John, which peaked at no. 20 in UK.

He recorded the duet ‘All I Ask of You’ with Sarah Brightman in 1986 for the famous musical ‘The Phantom of the Opera’. He remained one of the top most singers throughout the 1980s, with most of his songs peaking at no.1.

In 1996, he entertained the crowd at Centre Court on a rainy day during the Wimbledon Championship.

He released his studio album ‘Wanted’ in 2001, and soon came up with another successful album, ‘Cliff at Christmas’.

On 14 June 2004, he performed with ‘The Shadows’ at London Palladium, a famous theatre.

‘Love... The Album’, a compilation of his old and new songs, was released on the 12th of November 2007.

In his 50th year in music industry in 2008, he released ‘And They Said It Wouldn't Last (My 50 Years in Music)’, an eight-CD box set. The same year, he joined ‘The Shadows’ to perform at the ‘Royal Variety Performance’.

In September 2009, Richard and ‘The Shadows’ released their studio album ‘Reunited’, which was their first album together in forty years.

He teamed with some of America’s most popular R&B and soul singers to record the album ‘Soulicious’ in 2011, which was released in October that year.

He was one of the performers in the Diamond Jubilee concert held near Buckingham Palace on June 4, 2012.

Major Works

His single ‘Living Doll’ was a hugely popular song which topped the UK Singles Chart two times selling 2,000,000 copies worldwide.

‘The Young Ones’, a soundtrack album by the singer peaked at no. 1 in the UK Albums Chart, selling more than a million copies in UK.

‘Wired for Sound’ released in 1981 was also a significant hit, occupying almost 25 weeks at the UK album charts and selling more than a million copies worldwide.

Awards & Achievements

For his contributions to music, he was made Knight Bachelor on June 17, 1995.

He featured at 56th spot in the 2002 list of ‘100 Greatest Britons’, based on public votes, conducted by BBC.

In 2006, he was conferred Portuguese knighthood and was appointed ‘Commander of the Order of Prince Henry’.

Personal Life & Legacy

Richard remained a bachelor, after one of his past relationships didn’t culminate into marriage. On being asked about this, he said “I've had a few false alarms. I've been in love, but marriage is a big commitment and being an artist consumes a great deal of time.”

He leads a busy life and his sisters are only surviving family, after the deaths of his parents.

He is an active member of ‘Tearfund’ a non-profit organization and also supports same-sex-marriage.

Trivia

This legendary British singer was one of the 30,000 people assembled at the Trafalgar Square in London protesting the Swedish sex education film ‘Karlekens Sprak’.

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Cliff Richard awards

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1980TV Times Award for Most Exciting Male Singer on TV
1987TV Times Award for Best Male Singer
1989TV Times Award for Favorite Singer
1970The Sun Reader Polls Male Pop Personality
1971The Sun Reader Polls Top Male Pop Personality
1972The Sun Reader Polls Top Male Pop Personality
1958NME Reader Polls Best New Disc or TV Singer
1959NME Reader Polls UK Male Singer
1959NME Reader Polls Best Single
1960NME Reader Polls Best UK Single
1961NME Reader Polls UK Male Singer
1962NME Reader Polls UK Male Singer
1963NME Reader Polls UK Male Singer
1963NME Reader Polls Best World Male Singer
1964NME Reader Polls UK Male Singer
1964NME Reader Polls UK Vocal Personality
1965NME Reader Polls UK Male Singer
1966NME Reader Polls UK Male Singer
1966NME Reader Polls UK Vocal Personality
1967NME Reader Polls UK Vocal Personality
1968NME Reader Polls UK Vocal Personality
1969NME Reader Polls British Vocal Personality
1970NME Reader Polls UK Male Singer
1970NME Reader Polls UK Vocal Personality
1970NME Reader Polls World's Best Recording Artist of the '60s
1971NME Reader Polls UK Male Singer
1971NME Reader Polls British Vocal Personality
1972NME Reader Polls UK Male Singer
1972NME Reader Polls British Vocal Personality
1968Ivor Novello Awards for Most Performed Work
1970Ivor Novello Awards for Outstanding Services to Music
1959Melody Makers Best Male Singer
1960Melody Makers Top British Male Singer
1962The Emen Award for Top male singer
1962Melody Makers Top British Male Singer
1962Melody Maker Top single of the year
1963Melody Maker Best Male Singer
1964Melody Maker Best Male Singer
1965Melody Maker Best UK Male Singer
1967Melody Maker Top Male Singer
1967Disc & Music Echo Award for Best-Dressed Male
1968Disc & Music Echo Award for Best-Dressed Male
1969Disc & Music Echo Award for Best-Dressed Male
1970Disc & Music Echo Award for Top British Male Singer
1970Disc & Music Echo Award for Best-Dressed Male
1970Disc & Music Echo Award for Mr. Valentine
1971Disc & Music Echo Award for Mr. Valentine
1964Bravo Magazine Award for Best Male Singer Gold
1964Bravo Magazine Award for Year End Singles Charts
1965Bravo Magazine Award for Year Best Male Singer Gold
1980Bravo Magazine Award for Top International Male Singer
1964Record Mirror Polls Award for Best-Dressed Singer in the World
1961Royal Variety Club Award for Show Business Personality
1961Weekend Magazine Award for Star of Stars
1962Motion Picture Herald Box’s Most Popular Male Film Actor
1963Motion Picture Herald Box’s Most Popular Male Film Actor
196316 US Magazine Award for Most Promising Singer
1964Billboard US Magazine Award for Best Recording Artist UK
1969Valentine Magazine Award for Mr. ValentineAward
1970 – National Viewers' and Listeners' Association Award for Outstanding Contribution to Religious Broadcasting and Light Entertainment
1971Record Mirror Award for UK Male Singer
1974Silver Clef for Outstanding Services to the Music Industry
1977Golden Badge Award
1979Music Week Special Award for 21 years as successful recording artistes
1979EMI Records Gold Clock and Gold Key award
1980Richard receives O.B.E. from the Queen
1980BBC TV Multi-Coloured Swap Shop Award for Best UK Male Vocalist
1980National Pop And Rock Awards for Best Family Entertainer
1980Radio 1 and the Daily Mirror Award for Best Family Entertainer
1981Sunday Telegraph Readers Poll’s Top Pop Star
1981Daily Mirror Readers Award for Outstanding Music Personality of the Year
1989The Lifetime Achievement Diamond Award
1992Spectacle Wearer of the Year
1995Pied Piper Award for outstanding contributions
1998Dutch Edison Lifetime Achievement Award
2000South Bank Awards for Outstanding Achievement Award
2003Gold Badge of Merit from British Academy of Songwriters
Composers and Authors
200320 Years of Service to Tennis Award from Lawn Tennis Association
2004Induction into UK Music Hall of Fame
2004Ultimate Pop Star
2005Avenue of Stars
2005Golden Rose by Rose D'or Music Festival
2006Commander of the Portuguese Order of Prince Henry
1977 - Brit Awards for Best British male solo artist
1982 - Brit Awards for Best British male solo artist
1989 - Brit Awards for Lifetime achievement

Cliff Richard biography timelines

  • // 14th Oct 1940
    Cliff was born as Harry Rodger Webb to Rodger Oscar Webb, who worked for a catering service provider for the Indian Railways and Dorothy Marie Dazely, a dormitory matron at La Martiniere Girls' School, Lucknow.
  • // 1945
    He attended the St. Thomas' Church School, Howrah for his elementary education, after his family moved to Calcutta in 1945.
  • // 1948
    After the Independence of India, the family moved to Tilbury, Essex, England, in 1948.
  • // 1949
    They settled in Carshalton, Surrey, till his father found a job in ‘Thorn Electrical Industries’ in 1949 and took his family to Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire. Here, he attended the Kings Road Junior Mixed Infants School.
  • // 1957
    Later, he went to the Cheshunt Secondary Modern School from where he graduated in 1957. He began working as temporary clerk for Atlas Lamps and when he was 16 his father gave him a guitar.
  • // 1957
    In 1957, he formed his own band Quintones vocal group, prior to joining the Dick Teague Skiffle Group.
  • // 1958
    Soon he became the lead vocalist for the rock and roll group ‘Drifters’ and adopted the stage name Cliff Richard in 1958 upon his visit to Regal Ballroom in Ripley, Derbyshire.
  • // 1959
    In 1959, he made his film debut with ‘Serious Charge’. The name of the band was later changed to ‘The Shadows’.
  • // 1961
    He starred in the 1961 movie ‘The Young Ones’ which was a huge success, the title song of the movie garnered immense popularity and sold more than a million copies.
  • // 1965
    In 1965, he released his single ‘On My Word’ which was again a massive hit and peaked at the UK charts.
  • // 1967
    It was followed by another hit number ‘The Day I Met Marie’ in 1967, which also appeared in UK music charts. The same year, he acted in the film ‘Two a Penny’, playing the role of Jamie Hopkins, who becomes entangled in drug-dealing.
  • // 1968
    The band ‘The Shadows’ fell apart in 1968, but Richard, kept giving hit singles.
  • // 1973
    He also made his last film appearance in 1973 movie ‘Take Me High’. ‘The Shadows’ regrouped this year as well.
  • // 1976
    Till now, he was not very received in the U.S. and his fame was limited to Britain only. However, in 1976, his album ‘I'm Nearly Famous’ became an international hit and reinstated his career which had slowed down due to the arrival of the ‘Beatles’.
  • // 1979
    Another of his chartbuster was ‘We Don't Talk Anymore’ in 1979 which sold 5,000,000 copies worldwide.
  • // 1980
    In 1980, he recorded a duet, ‘Suddenly’, with Olivia Newton-John, which peaked at no. 20 in UK.
  • // 1986
    He recorded the duet ‘All I Ask of You’ with Sarah Brightman in 1986 for the famous musical ‘The Phantom of the Opera’. He remained one of the top most singers throughout the 1980s, with most of his songs peaking at no.1.
  • // 1995
    For his contributions to music, he was made Knight Bachelor on June 17, 1995.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, he entertained the crowd at Centre Court on a rainy day during the Wimbledon Championship.
  • // 2001
    He released his studio album ‘Wanted’ in 2001, and soon came up with another successful album, ‘Cliff at Christmas’.
  • // 2002
    He featured at 56th spot in the 2002 list of ‘100 Greatest Britons’, based on public votes, conducted by BBC.
  • // 2004
    On 14 June 2004, he performed with ‘The Shadows’ at London Palladium, a famous theatre.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, he was conferred Portuguese knighthood and was appointed ‘Commander of the Order of Prince Henry’.
  • // 2007
    ‘Love... The Album’, a compilation of his old and new songs, was released on the 12th of November 2007.
  • // 2008
    In his 50th year in music industry in 2008, he released ‘And They Said It Wouldn't Last (My 50 Years in Music)’, an eight-CD box set. The same year, he joined ‘The Shadows’ to perform at the ‘Royal Variety Performance’.
  • // 2009
    In September 2009, Richard and ‘The Shadows’ released their studio album ‘Reunited’, which was their first album together in forty years.
  • // 2011
    He teamed with some of America’s most popular R&B and soul singers to record the album ‘Soulicious’ in 2011, which was released in October that year.
  • // 2012
    He was one of the performers in the Diamond Jubilee concert held near Buckingham Palace on June 4, 2012.

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Cliff Richard's FAQ

  • What is Cliff Richard birthday?

    Cliff Richard was born at 1940-10-14

  • Where is Cliff Richard's birth place?

    Cliff Richard was born in Lucknow

  • What is Cliff Richard nationalities?

    Cliff Richard's nationalities is British

  • Who is Cliff Richard siblings?

    Cliff Richard's siblings is Donella Webb, Jacqueline Ann Webb, Joan Webb

  • What was Cliff Richard universities?

    Cliff Richard studied at St. Thomas' Church School, Howrah, Cheshunt School

  • What is Cliff Richard's religion?

    Cliff Richard's religion is Christian

  • How tall is Cliff Richard?

    Cliff Richard's height is 179

  • Who is Cliff Richard's father?

    Cliff Richard's father is Rodger Oscar Webb

  • Who is Cliff Richard's mother?

    Cliff Richard's mother is Dorothy Marie Webb

  • What is Cliff Richard's sun sign?

    Cliff Richard is Libra

  • How famous is Cliff Richard?

    Cliff Richard is famouse as Singer