|Sir Cliff Richard
Richard in Sydney, NSW, Australia, in 2013
|Birth name||Harry Rodger Webb|
|Born||14 October 1940
Lucknow, British India
|Genres||Rock and roll, pop, pop rock, contemporary Christian music|
|Occupations||Musician, actor, philanthropist|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, percussion|
Sir Cliff Richard, OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb, 14 October 1940) is a British singer, musician and actor. He is the only male solo artist to have had number one singles in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. In November 2013, Richard released his latest album, The Fabulous Rock 'n' Roll Songbook. This is his 100th album.
Early life[change | change source]
Richard was born in Lucknow, India. In 1948 he and his British parents moved from India to England, first moving to Carshalton, Surrey, then to Waltham Cross, followed by Cheshunt, both in Hertfordshire.
Career[change | change source]
Richard began his music career in 1958 and is still performing. His name Richard comes from Little Richard. His backing group are The Shadows. He performed the United Kingdom entry at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1968 and in 1973.
In 1980 Richard was given an OBE. In 1995, he became a Knight. This means that he has a 'Sir' in front of his name. A person is given a Knighthood by The Queen.
Between 1960 and 1963 Richard presented The Cliff Richard Show.
Personal life[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Sir Cliff Richard 'prays for his enemies'
- Sir Cliff Richard's Berkshire property searched by police
- "Sir Cliff Richard interviewed by police over assault claim", BBC News, 24 August 2014