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Summary Article: Richard, Sir Cliff
from Chambers Biographical Dictionary


Harry Rodger Webb


♦ English pop singer

He was born in Lucknow, India, and taken to England at the age of eight. He began his professional career playing with the Dick Teague Group, and formed his own band, The Shadows (originally called The Drifters), in 1958. Following the success of "Living Doll" (1959), The Shadows were hailed as Britain's answer to US rock. Richard made a series of family musical films during the 1960s, including Expresso Bongo (1960), The Young Ones (1961) and Summer Holiday (1962). After his conversion to Christianity, his clean-cut image damaged his reputation with rock fans, but he became a British entertainment institution, receiving an OBE in 1980. He was knighted for services to charity in 1995, and appeared alongside Vera Lynn at the VE day anniversary celebration that year. Nicknamed "the Peter Pan of Pop", he has had number ones in five different decades (the last being 1999's "Millennium Prayer") and continues to chart in the 21st century, with albums such as Something's Goin" On (2004) and Love … The Album (2007). In 2009 he reunited with The Shadows for their first tour in over 20 years. He published his autobiography, My Life, My Way, in 2008.

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