Cliff Richard

  • Real Name: Harry Rodger Webb
  • Birth Date: 14th October 1940
  • Birth Place: Lucklow India
  • Like several other of Britain's first rock and roll artists, Cliff Richard's professional career started at the 2 ' I 's Coffee bar in London. After a brief spell as a skiffler he began to model himself on his idol, Elvis Presley. With his group, the 'Drifters', a recording opportunity arose with Norrie Paramor- a producer at EMI. Paramor decided to use the young singer's talents to produce a version of the American teen ballad 'Schoolboy Crush'. Fortunately, it was the other side of this disc that caught the attention of disc jockeys and the rock and roll entreprenuer Jack Good. The record, 'Move It', reached #2 in the UK chart and is now widely regarded as one of the finest examples of early UK rock and roll ever made. It had been written by one of the Drifters, Ian Samwell although the single used session musicians and not the group.

    Jack Good promoted the new star on his groundbreaking TV show 'Oh Boy!' alongside the UK's, hitherto, top rock and roller 'Marty Wilde'. The Drifters changed their name to the 'Shadows' to avoid confusion with the American group of the same name. At this time Cliff Richard was following the 'Elvis' model very closely - hairstyle, curled lip and gyrating hips. It would be a year or two before he gradually readjusted to the clean cut image that he has long since portrayed.

    The EP illustrated on the left was issued to correspond with the release of Cliff's movie "Expresso Bongo" in which the singer played the part of singer/ bongo player 'Bongo Herbert'. Cliff is not renowned for his skill as an instrumentalist and he is seldom portrayed in a pose where he is playing any instrument. However, in this case the picture does not lie, because Cliff really could (can) play the bongos well. In fact, he has even done so on record- he really did assist the Shadows launch their instrumental careers by playing bongos at the studio session that created their legendary "Apache".

    Following the success of 'Move It' came a long string of hits including the consecutive number 1's of 'Living Doll' and 'Travelling Light' . At this time his single releases usually had a rock and roll number on one side and a ballad on the other. They consequently had wide appeal and the quality was always good. So it was of little surprise that he became recognised as Britain's top recording artist within the space of a few months. He made a number of successful musical movies including 'Summer Holiday' which was probably responsible for setting the seal on his long term image.

    Despite the 'Beat boom' and the advent of the Beatles, Cliff Richard managed to sustain his career, but gradually shifted his material to suit the growing maturity of his audience. He even managed to survive coming runner-up in the Eurovision song contest with 'Congratulations'. With chart hits in every decade since he first began professionally, Sir Cliff Richard must rate as one the most enduring artists ever to begin with rock and roll.

    1950s & 1960s 45rpm UK Discography

    • Upper List contains UK 45 singles releases only
    • Collector's Items are shown In Red
    • Export Single * shown for completeness
    • See Lower Listing For EP releases

    Columbia DB4178 1958 Schoolboy Crush/ Move It #2
    Columbia DB4203 1958 High Class Baby/ My Feet Hit The Ground #7
    Columbia DB4249 1959 Livin' Lovin' Doll/ Steady With You #20
    Columbia DB4290 1959 Mean Streak/ Never Mind #10
    Columbia DB4306 1959 Living Doll #1
    Columbia DB4351 1959 Travellin' Light/ Dynamite #1
    Columbia DB4398 1960 A Voice In The Wilderness/ Don't Be Mad At Me #2
    Columbia DB4431 1960 Fall In Love With You/ Willie And The Hand Jive #2
    Columbia DB4479 1960 Please Don't Tease/ Where Is My Heart #1
    Columbia DB4506 1960 Nine Times Out Of Ten/ Thinking Of Our Love #3
    Columbia DB4547 1960 I Love You/ 'D' In Love #1
    Columbia DB4593 1961 Theme For A Dream/ Mumblin' Mosie #3
    Columbia DC756* 1961 Gee Whiz It's You/ I Can't Find A True Love #4
    Columbia DB4667 1961 A Girl Like You/ Now's The Time To Fall In Love #3
    Columbia DB4716 1961 When The Girl In Your Arms Is The Girl In Your Heart/ Got A Funny Feeling #3
    Columbia DB4761 1962 The Young Ones/ We Say Yeah #1
    Columbia DB4828 1962 I'm Lookin' Out The Window/ Do You Want To Dance #2
    Columbia DB4886 1962 It'll Be Me/ Since I Lost You #2
    Columbia DB4950 1962 The Next Time/ Bachelor Boy #1
    Columbia DB4977 1963 Summer Holiday/ Dancing Shoes #1
    Columbia DB7034 1963 Lucky Lips/ I Wonder #4
    Columbia DB7089 1963 It's All In The Game/ Your Eyes Tell On You #2
    Columbia DB7150 1963 Don't Talk To Him/ Say You're Mine #2
    Columbia DB7203 1964 I'm The Lonely One/ Watch What You Do With My Baby #8
    Columbia DB7272 1964 Constantly/ True True Lovin' #4
    Columbia DB7305 1964 On The Beach/ A Matter If Moments #7
    Columbia DB7372 1964 The Twelfth Of Never/ I'm Afraid To Go Home #8
    Columbia DB7420 1964 I Could Easily Fall/ I'm In Love With You #9
    Columbia DB7496 1965 The Minute You're Gone/ Just Another Guy #1
    Columbia DB7596 1965 On My Word/ Just A Little Bit Too Late #12
    Columbia DB7660 1965 The Time In Between/ Look Before You Love #22
    Columbia DB7745 1965 Wind Me Up (Let Me Go)/ The Night #2
    Columbia DB7866 1966 Blue Turns To Grey/ Somebody Loses #15
    Columbia DB7968 1966 Visions/ What Would I Do (For The Love Of A Girl) #7
    Columbia DB8017 1966 Time Drags By/ La La La Song #10
    Columbia DB8094 1966 In The Country/ Finders Keepers #6
    Columbia DB8150 1967 It's All Over/ Why Wasn't I Born Rich #9
    Columbia DB8210 1967 I'll Come Runnin'/ I Get The Feelin' #26
    Columbia DB8245 1967 The Day I Met Marie/ Our Story Book #10
    Columbia DB8293 1967 All My Love/ Sweet Little Jesus Boy #6
    Columbia DB8376 1968 Congratulations/ High 'N' Dry #1
    Columbia DB8437 1968 I'll Love You Forever Today/ Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon #27
    Columbia DB8476 1968 Marianne/ Mr Nice #22
    Columbia DB8503 1968 Don't Forget To Catch Me/ What's More #21
    Columbia DB8548 1969 Good Times (Better Times)/ Occasional Rain #12
    Columbia DB8581 1969 Big Ship/ She's Leaving You #8
    Columbia DB8615 1969 Throw Down A Line/ Reflections #7
    Columbia DB8641 1969 With The Eyes Of A Child/ So Long #20

    EP Discography

    • Stereophonic Versions have Cat. No. in parentheses
    • Collector's Items are shown In Red
    • See Upper List For Singles releases

    Columbia SEG7895 1959 "Serious Charge" (movie soundtrack)  
    Living Doll, No Turning Back, Mad About You, Chinchilla
    Columbia SEG7903 (ESG7754) 1959 "Cliff No.1"  
    Apron Strings/My Babe/Down the line/I Got A Feeling/Jet Black/Baby I Don't Care
    Columbia SEG7910 (ESG7769) 1959 "Cliff No.2"  
    Donna/Move It/Ready Teddy/Too Much/Don't Bug Me Baby/Driftin' (The Drifters)
    Columbia SEG7971 (ESG7783) 1959 "Expresso Bongo" (movie soundtrack) #1
    Love/A Voice in the Wilderness/The Shrine on the Second Floor/Bongo Blues
    Columbia SEG7979 (ESG7788) 1960 "Cliff Sings No.1" #4
    Here Comes Summer/I Gotta Know/Blue Suede Shoes/The Snake And The Bookworm
    Columbia SEG7987 (SEG7794) 1960 "Cliff Sings No.2" #3
    Twenty Flight Rock/Pointed Toe Shoes/Mean Woman Blues/I'm Walking
    Columbia SEG8005 (SEG7808) 1960 "Cliff Sings No.3" #2
    I'll String Along With You/Embraceable You/As Time Goes By/The Touch Of Your Lips
    Columbia SEG8021 (ESG7816) 1960 "Cliff Sings No.4"  
    I Don't Know Why/Little Things Mean A Lot/Somewhere Along The Way/That's My Desire
    Columbia SEG8050 1960 "Cliff's Silver Discs" #1
    Please Don't Tease/Fall In Love With You/Nine Times Out Of Ten/Travellin' Light
    Columbia SEG8065 (ESG7837) 1960 "Me And My Shadows No.1" #5
    I'm Gonna Get You/You And I/I Cannot Find A True Love/Evergreen Tree/She's Gone
    Columbia SEG8071 (ESG7481) 1961 "Me And My Shadows No.2" #8
    Left Out Again/Your Just The One To Do It/Lamp Of Love/Choppin 'n' Changin'/We Have It Made
    Columbia SEG8078 (ESG7843) 1961 "Me And My Shadows No.3" #6
    Tell Me/Gee Whiz It's You/I'm Willing To Learn/I Love You So/I Don't Know
    Columbia SEG8105 (ESG7858) 1961 "Listen To Cliff No.1" #17
    What'd I Say/Blue Moon/True Love Will Come To You/Lover
    Columbia SEG8126 (ESG7870) 1961 "Listen To Cliff No.2"  
    Unchained Melody/Idle Gossip/First Lesson In Love/Almost Like Being In Love/Beat Out Dat Rhythm On A Drum
    Columbia SEG8119 (ESG7867) 1961 "Dream" #3
     All I Do Is Dream Of You/I'll See You In My Dreams/When I Grow Too Old To Dream
    Columbia SEG8133 1962 "Cliff's Hit Parade" #4
    I Love You/Theme For A Dream/A Girl Like You/When The Girl In Your Arms Is The Girl In Your Heart
    Columbia SEG8159  1962 "The Young Ones" #1
    Young Ones/Got A Funny Feeling/We Say Yeah/Lessons In Love
    Columbia SEG8203 1962 "Cliff's Hits"  
    It'll Be Me/Since I Lost You/I'm Looking Out The Window/Do You Want To Dance
    Columbia SEG8228 (ESG7887) 1963 "Time For Cliff And The Shadows"  
    So I've Been Told/I'm Walkin' The Blues/Blueberry Hill/You Don't Know 
    Columbia SEG8246 (ESG7892) 1963 "Holiday Carnival" #1
    Carnival/Moonlight Bay/Some Of These Days/For You For Me
    Columbia SEG8250 (SEG7896) 1963 "Summer Holiday" #4
    Summer Holiday/The Next Time/Dancing Shoes/Bachelor Boy
    Columbia SEG8263 (ESG7898) 1963 "More Hits From 'Summer Holiday'"  
    Seven Days To A Holiday/Stranger In Town/Really Waltzing/All At Once
    Columbia SEG8269 1963 "Cliff's Lucky Lips" #17
    It's All In The Game/Your Eyes Tell On You/Lucky Lips/I Wonder
    Columbia SEG8272 (ESG7900) 1963 "Love Songs" #4
    I'm In The Mood For Love/Secret Love/Love Letters/I Only Have Eyes For You
    Columbia SEG8290 1964 "When In France"  
    La Mer/Boum/J'Attendrai/C'est Si Bon
    Columbia SEG8299 1964 "Cliff Sings 'Don't Talk To Him'" #15
    Don't Talk To Him/Say You're Mine/Spanish Harlem/Who Are We To Say/Falling In Love With Love
    Columbia SEG8320 1964 "Cliff's Palladium Successes"  
    I'm The Lonely One/Watch What You Do With My Baby/Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps/Frenesi
    Columbia SEG8338 (ESG7902) 1964 "Wonderful Life" #3
    Wonderful Life/Do You Remember/What've I Gotta Do/Walkin'
    Columbia SEG8347 1964 "A Forever Kind Of Love"  
    A Forever Kind Of Love/Its Wonderful To Be Young/Constantly/True True Lovin'
    Columbia SEG8376 (ESG7906) 1964 "Hits from 'Wonderful Life'"  
    On The Beach/We Love A Movie/Home/All Kinds Of People 
    Columbia SEG8354 (ESG7903) 1964 "Wonderful Life No.2"  
    A Matter Of Moments/A Girl In Every Port/A Little Imagination/In The Stars
    Columbia SEG8384 1965 "Why Don't They Understand"  
    Why Don't They Understand/Where The Four Winds Blow/The Twelfth Of Never/I'm Afraid To Go Home
    Columbia SEG8395 1965 "Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp" #20
    Havin' Fun/Evening Comes/Friends/I Could Easily Fall (In Love With You)
    Columbia SEG8405 1965 "Look In My Eyes Maria" #15
    Look In My Eyes Maria/Where Is Your Heart/Maria/If I Gave My Heart To You
    Columbia SEG8444 1965 "Angel"  
    Angel/I Only Came To Say Goodbye/On My Word/The Minute You're Gone
    Columbia SEG8450 1965 "Take Four" #4
    Boom Boom/My Heart Is An Open Book/Lies And Kisses/Sweet And Gentle
    Columbia SEG8474 1966 "Wind Me Up"  
    Wind Me Up/The Night/The Time In Between/Look Before You Love
    Columbia SEG8478 1966 "When In Rome"  
    Come Prima/Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu/Dicitencello Vuie/Arrivederci Roma
    Columbia SEG8488 1966 "Love Is Forever"  
    My Colouring Book/Fly Me To The Moon/Someday/Everyone Needs Someone To Love
    Columbia SEG8510 1966 "Thunderbirds Are Go!"  
    Shooting star/Lady Penelope/Thunderbirds Theme/Zero X Theme
    Columbia SEG8517 1966 "La La La La La"  
    La La La La La/Solitary Man/Things We Said Today/Never Knew What Love Could Do
    Columbia SEG8527 1967 "Cinderella"  
    Come Sunday/Peace And Quiet/ She Needs Him More Than Me/Hey Doctor Man
    Columbia SEG8533 1967 "Carol Singers"  
    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/In The Bleak Midwinter/Unto Us A Boy Is Born/While Shepherds Watched/Little Town Of Bethlehem
    Columbia SEG8540 1968 "Congratulations"  
    Congratulations/Wonderful World/Do You Remember/High 'n' Dry/The Sound Of The Candy Man's Trumpet/Little Rag Doll

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