Sir Cliff Richard OBE is an English singer, musician, actor, and philanthropist. He has sold more than 250 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He is the third-top-selling artist in UK Singles Chart history, behind the Beatles and Elvis Presley. His 1958 hit single \”Move It\” is often described as Britain’s first authentic rock and roll song.
About Cliff Richard in brief
Sir Cliff Richard OBE is an English singer, musician, actor, and philanthropist. He has sold more than 250 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He 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 andRoll song. He holds the record, with Presley, as the only act to make the UK singles charts in all of its first six decades. Richard 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. More than 130 of his singles, albums, and EPs have reached the UK Top 20, more than any other artist. He remains a popular music, film, and television personality in 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 the United States. Richard is primarily of English heritage, but he had one great-grandmother who was of half Welsh and half Spanish descent, born of a Spanish great-great-grand grandmother named Emiline Joseph Rebeiro.
He was born Harry Rodger Webb in British India at King George’s Hospital, Victoria Street, in Lucknow, which was then part of British India. He attended Cheshunt Secondary School from 1952 to 1957. As a member of the top stream of the Teague Group, he formed the vocal group The Quintones, before singing in Teague Skiffle Group. A flats development of retirement flats, Cliff Richard Court, has been named after him in Cheshunt, Cheshunt. He then went on to work as a filing clerk for Atlas Lamps, Lamps and A&E, before passing GCE Ordinary Level examinations and gaining a degree in English literature. His father was Rodger Oscar Webb, a manager for a catering contractor that serviced the Indian Railways, and the former Dorothy Marie Dazely. In 1949, following Indian independence, the family embarked on a three-week sea voyage to Tilbury, Essex, England aboard the SS Ranchi. The Webbs moved from comparative wealth in India, where they lived in a company-supplied flat at Howrah near Calcutta, to a semi-detached house in Carshalton. Richard has three sisters, Joan, Jacqui and Donna. In 1948, he moved to Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, where he lived with other relatives in Kings Road Junior Infants School.