Cliff Richard has been making music since the 50s. In this look at Cliff Richard songs we have to do it justice by starting from the beginning don’t we? Cliff Richard was born Harry Rodger Webb on the 14th of October 1940. He has sold over 250 million records worldwide and over 21 million single sales in the UK.

When he was sixteen Harry Webb became interested in skiffle and his father bought him a guitar. He formed a vocal harmony group at school called The Quintones. He then moved onto singing in the Dick Teague skiffle group.

Harry then became the lead singer of the Drifters an English Rock and Roll group. They are not connected to the American group of the same name, The Drifters consisted of Ian Samwell (guitar), Terry Smart (drums) and Norman Mitham (guitar). None of the three played with the Shadows who Cliff was to sing with later. He had by now changed his name to Cliff Richard, the Richard part was a tribute to ‘Little Richard’ as Cliff loved his music and style.

 

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The group were recommended by an agent to Norrie Paramor for an audition. By now the group were known as Cliff Richard and The Drifters and Paramor wanted them to record a song called ‘Schoolboy Crush’ they were allowed to choose the b side themselves and they chose a song written by Ian Samwell called ‘Move It’.

It is not known how Move It became the A side but it reached number 2 in the UK charts.

 

Cliff Richard Songs – The 50s

  1. Move It (with The Drifters) (1958) (2)
  2. High Class Baby (with The Drifters) (1958) (7)
  3. Livin’ Lovin’ Doll (with The Drifters) (1959) (20)
  4. Mean Streak (with The Drifters) (1959) (10)
  5. Living Doll (with The Drifters) (1959) (1)
  6. Travellin’ Light (with The Shadows) (1959) (1)

 

Albums

  1. Cliff (1959) (4)
  2. Cliff Sings (1959) (2)

 

 

 

In 1961 Cliff Richard starred in a modest budget musical movie called The Young Ones. Unexpectedly, it broke box office records. The formula was repeated in 1963 with Summer Holiday. 1963 turned out to be Cliffs last year as a teenage idol as The Beatles were about to dominate that market.

He then concentrated on recording ballads for a slightly older audience. He released songs like The Twelfth Of Never and he had another number 1 hit in 1965 with The Minute You’re Gone. Cliff’s records over the following years leaned heavily towards the middle of the road market. In 1968 Cliff had his first number one song in 3 years with the British eurovision song contest entry Congratulations.

Cliff publicly announced his conversion to Christianity in 1969 and devoted a lot of time to his interest in religious matters. He even seriously considered ending his musical career at this point to become a full time teacher of religion. We are all happy he continued to tour and releasing records.

 

Cliff Richard Songs – The 60s

  1. Expresso Bongo EP (with The Shadows) (1960) (14)
  2. A Voice In The Wilderness (with The Shadows) (1960) (2)
  3. Fall In Love With You (with The Shadows) (1960) (2)
  4. Please Don’t Tease (with The Shadows) (1960) (1)
  5. Nine Times Out Of Ten (with The Shadows) (1960) (3)
  6. I Love You (with The Shadows) (1960) (1)
  7. Theme For A Dream ( with The Shadows) (1961) (3)
  8. Gee Whiz It’s You (with The Shadows) (UK export-only release) (1961) (4)
  9. A Girl Like You (with The Shadows) (1961) (3)
  10. When The Girl In You’re Arms Is The Girl In You’re Heart (1961) (3)
  11. The Young Ones (with The Shadows) (1962) (1)
  12. I’m Lookin’ Out The Window/ Do You Want To Dance (with The Shadows (1962) (2)
  13. It’ll Be Me (with The Shadows) (1962) (2)
  14. Bachelor Boy/ The Next Time (with The Shadows) (1962) ( 1)
  15. Summer Holiday (with The Shadows) (1963) (1)
  16. Lucky Lips (with The Shadows) (1963) (4)
  17. It’s All In The Game (1963) (2)
  18. Don’t Talk To Him (with The Shadows) (1963) (2)
  19. I’m The Lonely One (with The Shadows) (1964) (8)
  20. Constantly (L’Edera) (1964) (4)
  21. On The Beach (with The Shadows) (1964) ( 7)
  22. The Twelfth Of Never (1964) (8)
  23. I Could Easily Fall (In Love With You) (with The Shadows) (1964) (6)
  24. The Minute You’re Gone/ Just Another Guy (1965) (1)
  25. On My Word (1965) (12)
  26. The Time In Between (with The Shadows) (1965) (22)
  27. Wind Me Up (Let Me Go) (1965) (2)
  28. Blue Turns To Grey (with The Shadows) (1966) (15)
  29. Visions (1966) (7)
  30. Time Drags By (with The Shadows) (1966) (10)
  31. In The Country (with The Shadows) (1966) (6)
  32. It’s All Over (1967) (9)
  33. I’ll Come Running (1967) (26)
  34. The Day I Met Marie (1967) (10)
  35. All My Love (Solo Tu) (1967) (6)
  36. Congratulations (1968) (1)
  37. I’ll Love You Forever Today (1968) (27)
  38. Marianne (1968) (22)
  39. Don’t Forget To Catch Me (with The Shadows) (1968) (21)
  40. Good Times (Better Times) (1969) (12)
  41. Big Ship (1969) (8)
  42. Throw Down A Line (with Hank Marvin) (1969) (7)
  43. With The Eyes Of A Child (1969) (20)

 

 

 

Albums

  1. Me And My Shadows (1960) (2)
  2. Listen To Cliff (1961) (2)
  3. 21 Today (1961) (1)
  4. The Young Ones (Film Soundtrack) (1961) (1)
  5. 32 Minutes And 17 Seconds (1962) (3)
  6. Summer Holiday (Film Soundtrack) (1)
  7. Cliff’s Hit Album (1963) (2)
  8. When In Spain (1963) (8)
  9. Wonderful Life (Film Soundtrack) (1964) (2)
  10. Hits From Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp (Pantomime) (1965) (13)
  11. Cliff Richard (1965) (9)
  12. More Hits By Cliff (1965) (20)
  13. Love Is Forever (1966) (19)
  14. Kinda Latin (1966) (9)
  15. Finders Keepers (Film Soundtrack) (1966) (6)
  16. Cinderella (Pantomime) (1967) (30)
  17. Don’t Stop Me Now (1967) (23)
  18. Good News (1967) (37)
  19. Cliff In Japan (68) (29)
  20. Established 1958 (1968) (30)
  21. The Best Of Cliff (1969) (5)
  22. Sincerely (1969) (24)

 

For the first half of the 1970s, Richard struggled to achieve big hits, apart from his Eurovision Song Contest entry “Power to All Our Friends”. It was not until 1975 that Richard changed the focus of his recording career from singles to albums, beginning with the recording of the I’m Nearly Famous album. It produced the lead single “Miss You Nights”, released in late 1975 and “Devil Woman”, which became his first US top 10 hit and biggest US hit. From this time, the singles were generally lifted from the albums (although not exclusively). In 1979, Richard’s single “We Don’t Talk Anymore” became the highest selling record of his career achieving worldwide sales over 4 million.

 

 

 

Cliff Richard Songs – The 70s

  1. The Joy Of Living (with Hank Marvin) (1970) (25)
  2. Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha (1970) (6)
  3. I Ain’t Got Time Anymore (1970) (21)
  4. Sunny Honey Girl (1971) (19)
  5. Silvery Rain (1971) (27)
  6. Flying Machine (1971) (37)
  7. Sing A Song Of Freedom (1971) (13)
  8. Jesus (1972) (35)
  9. Living In Harmony (1972) (12)
  10. Power To All Our Friends (1973) (4)
  11. Help It Along/Tomorrow Rising (1973) (29)
  12. Take Me High (1973) (27)
  13. (You Keep Me) Hangin’ On (1974) (13)
  14. Miss You Nights (1976) (15)
  15. Devil Woman (1976) (9)
  16. I Can’t Ask For Anymore Than You (1976) (17)
  17. Hey Mr. Dream Maker (1976) (31)
  18. My Kinda Life (1977) (15)
  19. When Two Worlds Drift Apart (1977) (46)
  20. We Don’t Talk Anymore (1979) (1)

 

Albums

  1. Tracks ‘N’ Grooves (1970) (37)
  2. The Best Of Cliff Volume 2 (1972) (49)
  3. Take Me High (Film Soundtrack) (1974) (41)
  4. I’m Nearly Famous (1976) (5)
  5. Every Face Tells A Story (1977) (8)
  6. 40 Golden Greats (1977) (1)
  7. Small Corners (1978) (33)
  8. Green Light (1988) (25)
  9. Thank You Very Much -Reunion Concert At The London Palladium (1979) (5)
  10. Rock ‘N’ Roll Juvenile (1979) (3)

 

From the late 1970s through the 1980s and into the 1990s Richard not only continued to have many top 10 hit singles, he had a string of hit studio, compilation and live albums, giving him the best album sales of his career. Although from the mid-1990s Richard has suffered a lack of radio air-play, he still has continued to have top 10 hits.

 

 

 

Cliff Richard Songs – The 80s

  1. Carrie (1980) (4)
  2. Deamin’ (1980) (8)
  3. Suddenly (with Olivia Newton-John) (1980) (15)
  4. A Little In Love (1981) (15)
  5. Wired For Sound (1981) (4)
  6. Daddy’s Home (1981) (2)
  7. The Only Way Out (1982) (10)
  8. Little Town (1982) (11)
  9. She Means Nothing To Me (with Phil Everly) (1983) (9)
  10. True Love Ways (live) (with the Philharmonic Orchestra)
  11. Never Say Die (Give a Little Bit More) (1983) (15)
  12. Please Don’t Fall In Love (1983) (7)
  13. Baby You’re Dynamite (1984) (27)
  14. She’s So Beautiful (1985) (17)
  15. Living Doll (with The Young Ones and Hank Marvin) (1986) (1)
  16. All I Ask Of You (with Sarah Brightman) (1986) (3)
  17. My Pretty One (1987) (6)
  18. Some People (1987) (3)
  19. Remember Me (1987) (35)
  20. Two Hearts (1988) (34)
  21. Mistletoe and Wine (1988) (1)
  22. The Best Of Me (1989) (2)
  23. I Just Don’t Have The Heart (1989) (3)
  24. Lean On You (1989) (17)
  25. Whenever God Shines His Light (with Van Morrison) (1989) (20)

 

Albums

  1. I’m No Hero (1980) (4)
  2. Love Songs (1981) (1)
  3. Wired For Sound (1981) (4)
  4. Now You See Me – Now You Don’t (1982) (4)
  5. Dressed For The Occasion (1983) (7)
  6. Silver (1983) (7)
  7. 20 Original Greats (1984) (43)
  8. The Rock Connection (1984) (43)
  9. Always Guaranteed (1987) (5)
  10. Private Collection 1979-1988 (1988) (1)
  11. Stronger (1989) (7)

 

Cliff Richard Songs – The 90s

  1. Stronger Than That (1990) (14)
  2. Silhouettes (live) (1990) (10)
  3. From a Distance (live) (1990) (11)
  4. Saviour’s Day (1990) (1)
  5. More To Life (1991) (23)
  6. We Should Be Together (1991) (10)
  7. This New Year (1991) (30)
  8. I Still Believe In You (1992) (7)
  9. Peace In Out Time (1993) (8)
  10. Human Work Of Art (1993) (24)
  11. Never Let Go (1993) (32)
  12. Healing Love (1993) (19)
  13. All I Have To Do Is Dream (live) (with Phil Everly) /Miss You Nights (1994) (14)
  14. Misunderstood Man (1995) (19)
  15. Had To Be (with Olivia Newton-John) (1995) (22)
  16. The Wedding (with Helen Hobson) (1996) (40)
  17. Can’t Keep This Feeling In (1998) (10)
  18. The Miracle (1999) (23)
  19. The Millenium Prayer (1999) (1)

 

Albums

  1. From A Distance (1990) (3)
  2. Together With Cliff Richard (1991) (10)
  3. The Album (1993) (1)
  4. The Hit List (1994) (3)
  5. Songs From ‘Heathcliff’ (1995) (15)
  6. At The Movies – 1959-1974 (1996) 17)
  7. The Rock ‘N’ Roll Years (1997) (32)
  8. Real As I Wanna Be (1998) (10)

 

Cliff Richard Songs

2000’s

  1. Somewhere Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World (Medley) (2001) (11)
  2. Let Me Be The One (2002) (29)
  3. Santa’s Party (2003) (5)
  4. Somethin’ Is Going On (2004) (9)
  5. I Cannot Give You My Love (2004) (13)
  6. What Car (2005) (12)
  7. 21st Century Christmas / Move It (with Brian May and Brian Bennett (2006) (2)
  8. When I Need You (2007) (38)
  9. Thank You For A Lifetime (2008) (3)
  10. Singing The Blues (with The Shadows) (2009) (40)

 

Albums

  1. The Whole Story – His Greatest Hits (6)
  2. Wanted (2001) (11)
  3. Cliff At Christmas (2003) (9)
  4. Somethings Goin’ On (2004) (7)
  5. The Platinum Collection (2005) (51)
  6. Two’s Company – The Duets (2006) (8)
  7. Love.. The Album (2007) (13)
  8. The 50th Anniversary Album (2008) (11)
  9. Reunited – Cliff Richard And The Shadows (2009) (4)
  10. Bold As Brass (2010) (3)
  11. Soulicious (2011) (10)
  12. The Fabulous Rock ‘N’ Roll Songbook (2013) (7)
  13. 75 At 75 (2015) (4)
  14. Just… Fabulous Rock ‘N’ Roll (2016) (4)
  15. Stronger Thru The Years (2017) (14)
  16. Rise Up (2018) (4)
  17. The Best Of The Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneers (2019) (11)
  18. Music… The Air That I Breathe (2020) (3)

 

That is a fair old look at Cliff’s musical career isn’t it? Leave a comment below and let me know if you got the information you were looking for. Also, could you let know you favourite Cliff Richard songs.

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