Sir Cliff Richard OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb; October 14, 1940) is an English singer who holds both British and Barbadian citizenship. He has sold more than 250 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He has total sales of over 21.5 million singles in the United Kingdom and is the third-top-selling artist in UK Singles Chart history, behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley.
Richard was originally marketed as a rebellious rock and roll singer in the style of Presley and Little Richard. With his backing group, the Shadows, he dominated the British popular music scene in the pre-Beatles period of the late 1950s to early 1960s. His 1958 hit single “Move It” is often described as Britain’s first authentic rock and roll song. In the early 1960s, he had a prosperous film career with films including The Young Ones, Summer Holiday and Wonderful Life. Increased focus on his Christian faith and subsequent softening of his music led to a more middle-of-the-road image, and he sometimes ventured into contemporary Christian music.
Over a career spanning 60 years, Richard has amassed several gold and platinum discs and awards, including two Ivor Novello Awards and three Brit Awards. More than 130 of his singles, albums, and EPs have reached the UK Top 20, more than any other artist. Richard has had 67 UK top ten singles, the second highest total for an artist (behind Presley). He holds the record, with 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 No. 1 singles, and is the only singer to have had a No. 1 single in the UK in each of five consecutive decades. He also had four UK Christmas No. 1 singles, two of which were as a solo artist; “Mistletoe and Wine” and “Saviour’s Day”.
Richard has never achieved the same popularity in the United States despite eight US Top 40 singles, including the million-selling “Devil Woman” and “We Don’t Talk Anymore”. In Canada, he had a successful period in the early 1960s, the late 1970s and early 1980s, with some releases certified gold and platinum. He has remained a popular music, film, and television personality at home in the UK as well as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Northern Europe and Asia, and retains a following in other countries. When not touring, he divides his time between Barbados and Portugal. In 2019, he relocated to New York.
The Hit List, released with the subtitle The Best of 35 Years, is a compilation album by English singer Cliff Richard. Released October 3, 1994, the album reached number 3 in the UK Albums Chart and was certified platinum in the UK. The album celebrates Richard’s 35th anniversary in the music industry and compiled all of Richard’s top 5 UK hit singles, which coincidentally totaled 35 at the time. Two bonus tracks were also chosen by Richard for the album – “Miss You Nights”, at the request of fans for a re-release, and “Green Light” a favorite of Richard’s.
Partially in support of the album, the double A-side single “All I Have to Do Is Dream” / “Miss You Nights” was released in late November. Although “All I Have to Do Is Dream” (a live recording with Phil Everly) was not included on the album, “Miss You Nights” was. The single reached number 14 on the UK Singles Chart.
“Move It” (with The Drifters)
“Living Doll” (with The Drifters)
“Travellin’ Light” (with The Shadows)
“A Voice in the Wilderness” (with The Shadows)
“Fall in Love with You” (with The Shadows)
“Please Don’t Tease” (with The Shadows)
“Nine Times Out of Ten” (with The Shadows)
“I Love You” (with The Shadows)
“Theme for a Dream” (with The Shadows)
“Gee Whiz It’s You” (with The Shadows)
“A Girl Like You” (with The Shadows)
“When the Girl in Your Arms Is the Girl in Your Heart” (with Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra)
“The Young Ones” (with The Shadows)
“Do You Wanna Dance” (with The Shadows)
“It’ll Be Me” (with The Shadows)
“The Next Time” (with The Shadows and the Norrie Paramor Strings)
“Bachelor Boy” (with The Shadows)
“Summer Holiday” (with The Shadows and the Norrie Paramor Strings)
“Lucky Lips” (with The Shadows)
“It’s All in the Game”
“Don’t Talk to Him” (with The Shadows)
“The Minute You’re Gone”
“Wind Me Up (Let Me Go)”
“Power to All Our Friends”
“We Don’t Talk Anymore”
“Wired for Sound”
“Mistletoe and Wine”
“The Best of Me”
“I Just Don’t Have the Heart”
“Miss You Nights”