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Harry Rodger Webb

Cliff Richard in 1959 [click for larger image]

Cliff Richard was born Harry Rodger Webb on the 14th of October, 1940, in Lucknow, India. Like several other of Britain's first rock and roll artists, Cliff Richard's professional career started at the 2 ' I 's Coffee bar in London. After a brief spell as a skiffler he began to model himself on his idol, Elvis Presley. With his group, the 'Drifters', a recording opportunity arose with Norrie Paramor- a producer at EMI. Paramor decided to use the young singer's talents to produce a version of the American teen ballad 'Schoolboy Crush'. Fortunately, it was the other side of this disc that caught the attention of disc jockeys and the rock and roll entreprenuer Jack Good. The record, 'Move It', reached #2 in the UK chart and is now widely regarded as one of the finest examples of early UK rock and roll ever made. It had been written by one of the Drifters (later The Shadows, Ian Samwell although the single used session musicians and not the group. Producer, Norrie Paramor, had little faith in the Drifters and consequently brought in two experienced session men, Ernie Shears & Frank Clarke, to provide backing on lead guitar and bass

Jack Good promoted the new star on his groundbreaking TV show 'Oh Boy!' alongside the UK's, hitherto, top rock and roller 'Marty Wilde'. The Drifters changed their name to the 'Shadows' to avoid confusion with the American group of the same name. At this time Cliff Richard was following the 'Elvis' model very closely - hairstyle, curled lip and gyrating hips. It would be a year or two before he gradually re-adjusted to the clean cut image that he has long since portrayed.

Cliff Richard in 1958 [click for larger image]

Cliff - 1959
 
Cliff Sings - 1959
 
Me And My Shadows - 1960
 
Listen To Cliff - 1961
 
21 Today - 1961
 
The Young Ones - 1962

The 2i's Coffee Bar

The 2 i's was packed. The 2 i's was hot. The 2 i's was rockin'! It was also very, very small. I don't remember getting there, and I don't remember what happened after I left, but I remember being there like it was yesterday. Even from the street you could tell that there was something going on, something special in the air that night. Maybe it was the muffled beat of rock 'n' roll booming up from the basement. Maybe it was the energy of the teenagers hanging around outside. I remember seeing two of them leaning against the wall close to the basement delivery hatch listening intently to the music. They probably couldn't afford the shilling entrance fee, but they wanted to be close to the action and excitement.
 -Ian Samwell from his book Move It!

Cliff Richard and The Shadows - Please Don't Tease
(Released 30th July 1960)
- 3 weeks at #1 - 18 weeks on chart
 
You tell me that you love me baby
Then you say you don't
You tell me that you'll come on over
Then you say you won't
You love me like a hurricane
Then you start to freeze
I'll give it to you straight right now
Please don't tease

You come right out and tell me
You're out with someone new
You play it oh so doggone cool
I don't know what to do
You never seem to answer me
You just don't hear my pleas
I'll give it to you one more time
Please don't tease

Oh please don't tease me
You know it hurts so much
Come on and squeeze me
You know I need your tender touch

But you tell me that you love me baby
Then you say you don't
You tell me that you'll come on over
Then you say you won't
You love me like a hurricane
Then you start to freeze
I'll give it to you straight right now
Please don't tease

Oh please don't tease me
You know it hurts so much
Come on and squeeze me
You know I need your tender touch

But you tell me that you love me baby
Then you say you don't
You tell me that you'll come on over
Then you say you won't
You love me like a hurricane
Then you start to freeze
I'll give it to you straight right now
Please don't tease

Cliff Richard 1950s

a single and EP discography
all the singles, all the EPs
with rarities
 

the very extensive New Zealand
discography website

This site attempts to list and
catalogue all the known songs
ever touched by Cliff Richard
spanning his entire career,
in order of chronological production
(or as close as can be figured).

from the Cliffennium, another
very good on-line history of
Cliff Richard.
the first four volumes are
the relevant ones

The late Ian Samwell's remembrances
of  Skiffle,the 2i's Coffee Bar
and meeting Cliff Richard
Absolutely fascinating stuff here.
Ian Samwell was an early member
of Cliff Richard's band,
The Drifters,renamed 
The Shadows, after discovering
the American RnB vocal group
of the same name

Jack Good's 'Oh Boy!'
The first teenage all-music show
 on British TV 1958-9.
Cliff Richard, like many others
appeared on this show 

1959 film now most notable
for being Cliff Richard’s screen
acting debut in a very minor
supporting role, playing a
layabout teenage musican
called Curley Thompson.

Serious Charge 1959
UK Columbia SEG7895 1959

Cliff.  April 1959
Columbia 33MSX.1147 (Mono) (1959)

Cliff No. 1 1959
Columbia SEG7903 1959

Cliff No. 2 1959
Columbia SEG7910 1959

Cliff Sings. November  1959
Columbia 33MSX.1192 1959

Expresso Bongo1959 [click for larger image]
Columbia SEG7971 1959

it was the 45 r.p.m record that helped pop music

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