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Today, the 14th of October, is Sir Cliff Richard’s birthday. If you know me in real life, I have no doubt mentioned Cliff Richard at least a couple of times. I have been a fan of Cliff since I was about 12 years old, over 24 years of being a fan now.
He holds the record (with Elvis Presley) as the only act to make the UK singles charts in all of its first six decades (1950s–2000s). He has achieved 14 UK number one singles (or 18, depending on the counting methodology) and is the only singer to have had a number one single in the UK in five consecutive decades: the 1950s through to the 1990s (discounting digital downloads and counting only CDs, he also had a UK number one single in the 2000s). He is the biggest selling singles artist of all time in the UK, with total sales of over 27 million and UK album sales of over 18 million.
I have been lucky enough to have seen him live in concert three times in Sydney. The most memorable of which was Cliff’s concert earlier this year at the Sydney Entertainment Centre (photo from which, above). Memorable because I got to share the experience with my darling Husbitect. Fortunately for me, my love quite enjoys Cliff’s music too. We had a fantastic time (front row, center; woo!) and hope to see Cliff in concert again in the future. I’ve met some fabulous people through being a fan, too!
The Husbitect and I, at the the Reunited Concert – Cliff & The Shadows!
Blurry, but thank you to the fellow fan who took it!
For me, the music that soothes my soul and lifts my spirit, is Cliff’s. His music has got me through many a sad, lonely period in my life and of course, has been enjoyed throughout all the happy, joyous occasions. As we entered the reception after our wedding, we entered to “Congratulations” by Cliff! And it isn’t Christmas unless Cliff’s Christmas cds have been played. I don’t monopolise the cd player, but Cliff HAS to be played. Really. You don’t want to see an unhappy alyshajane. hehe!
So in honour of Cliff’s birthday, allow me to share two videos. The first is a clip of the song ‘The Young Ones’ from the movie of the same title, one his best movies. The second is a taster of his new album, Bold As Brass. If you like swing music, and like Cliff’s music – you may quite enjoy the new album!