Cliff Richard

English singer and actor Cliff Richard

Sir Cliff Richard, OBE is a British pop singer, musician, performer, actor, and philanthropist. He is the third biggest selling singles artist of all time in the United Kingdom, with total sales of over 21 million in the UK and has reportedly sold an estimated 250 million records worldwide.
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Sir cliff richard sues bbc and police over apartment raid coverage - Daily Mail
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Daily Mail Sir cliff richard sues bbc and police over apartment raid coverage Daily Mail Sir Cliff Richard has said his life was 'effectively turned upside down' as he confirmed he was suing the BBC and South Yorkshire Police over live coverage of a police raid at his home. Following a tip-off, the corporation had filmed detectives raiding ... Sir Cliff Richard lodges legal claim against BBC and South Yorkshire PolicePress Gazette Sir Cliff Richard launches legal action against BBC and policeMetro Sir Cliff Richard lodges papers suing BBC and policeBBC News Telegraph.co.uk -Independent Online -Mirror.co.uk -Sky News Australia all 21 news articles »
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Cliff Richard: 'My hell is finally over' as he's told he will NOT face child sex abuse charges - Mirror.co.uk
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Mirror.co.uk Cliff Richard: 'My hell is finally over' as he's told he will NOT face child sex abuse charges Mirror.co.uk Sir Cliff Richard's torment has finally come to an end as he was told he will not be charged with child sex abuse . The veteran entertainer said he was “pleased” after lawyers upheld an earlier decision not to charge him. Sir Cliff had been forced to ... Decision to drop Cliff Richard case upheld by CPSBBC News Sir Cliff Richard will not be charged after accusers' appeal is rejectedThe Guardian Sir Cliff Richard 'obviously pleased' as ruling on sex assault charges upheldBT.com STV News -Sky News -Evening Standard -The Times (subscription) all 26 news articles »
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British singer Cliff Richard pursues legal action over raid
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LONDON (Reuters) - British singer Cliff Richard is pursuing legal action against the BBC and the police after the broadcaster televised a raid on his house, saying his reputation had been "unnecessarily damaged".
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British singer Cliff Richard won't face sex abuse charges
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British singer Cliff Richard will not face sex abuse charges, prosecutors announced Thursday, in a highly publicized case.
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UK prosecutors to weigh up sex crimes allegations against Cliff Richard
Reuters.com - almost 2 years
LONDON (Reuters) - Prosecutors said they would consider whether singer Cliff Richard, one of Britain's best-known entertainers, should face charges over alleged historical sex crimes after being handed a file of evidence by police on Tuesday.
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Cliff Richard 'tells child sex abuse police he was NEVER alone with the boys' - Daily Mail
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Daily Mail Cliff Richard 'tells child sex abuse police he was NEVER alone with the boys' Daily Mail The singer, 75, who was this week interviewed by officers over the child abuse allegations for a second time, apparently presented evidence that he was never on his own with his accusers. He was backed by affidavits signed by his minders and other ... Sir Cliff Richard questioned by detectives 'over two new alleged abuse victims'Telegraph.co.uk Cliff Richard questioned again over alleged sex crimesNation News British singer Cliff Richard questioned again over alleged sex crimesPhilly.com all 191 news articles »
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British singer Cliff Richard questioned again over alleged sex crimes
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LONDON (Reuters) - Singer Cliff Richard, one of Britain's best-known entertainers, has been questioned again by police investigating allegations of historical sex crimes, his spokesman said on Friday.
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British rock pioneer Cliff Richard turns 75
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Today's Morning Edition music is from "Move It" by Cliff Richard who turns 75 today. The song came out in 1958, and is often considered Great Britain's first authentic rock and roll record. John Lennon once said "before Cliff Richard and the Shadows there was nothing worth listening to in British music." In his 50-year career, Cliff Richard has sold over 250 million records. He will celebrate his 75th birthday with a concert tonight at London's Royal Albert Hall.
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Cliff Richard makes visit to Britain as child sex abuse investigation continues
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 3 years
Looking weary and haunted, Sir Cliff Richard, 74, stepped briefly on to British soil – as the police inquiry into child sex abuse allegations against him shows no sign of coming to an end.
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<em>Dear Governor Cuomo</em>: A Conversation with Natalie Merchant, Plus Catching Up with Freda Payne
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A Conversation with Natalie Merchant Mike Ragogna: Natalie, what have you been up to lately beyond the new album? Natalie Merchant: I've become extremely active in the fight against hydraulic fracking in New York. Where are you based? MR: Iowa, though I grew up in New York, so this concerns me as well. NM: Well, New York is sitting on the Marcellus Shale, which has huge reserves of natural gas, but the only way to extract them is by exploding the bedrock a mile or two under the surface and pulling the gas up using hundreds of millions of gallons of freshwater which will then be contaminated. It's also extremely radioactive down there. We're watching what's happened in other states with the contamination of aquifers and the devastation of previously rural areas that are now highly industrialized. There's also quite a bit of contamination of the air that occurs with hydraulic fracturing. Anyway, I've been involved in that, and I made a film called Dear Governor Cuomo, bec...
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Morrissey announces US tour
USA Today - about 4 years
Tom Jones will open for him in L.A, with Sir Cliff Richard serving as support in New York.
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Cliff Richard tribute concert
The Times of India - about 4 years
Kosambi festival of ideas: The 7th D D Kosambi Festival of Ideas, organized by the directorate of art and culture, will be held till February 8 at Kala Academy, Campal.     
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Cliff Richard
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    On 27 September 2016, the Crown Prosecution Service announced that the decision not to prosecute Richard over claims of historical sex offences had been upheld.
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    In July 2016 it was reported that Richard would sue the BBC and South Yorkshire Police for more than £1m in damages and costs.
    On 21 June 2016 the BBC apologised publicly to Richard for causing distress after the controversial broadcast.
    South Yorkshire Police later "apologised wholeheartedly" to Richard after its investigation into the singer was dropped on 16 June 2016.
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  • 2015
    In October 2015, Richard performed on tour to mark his 75th birthday.
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    After Black died in August 2015, Richard described her as "incredibly gifted" and "full of heart".
    In February 2015, South Yorkshire Police announced that the inquiry into the alleged offences had increased, and would be continuing.
  • 2014
    In August 2014, in response to a complaint to the Metropolitan Police's Operation Yewtree (set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal), Richard's apartment in Berkshire was searched, but there were no arrests.
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    Richard was one of 200 public figures, including singers Mick Jagger, Bryan Ferry, and Sting, who asked the people of Scotland to vote against independence in the Scottish independence referendum, 2014.
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  • 2013
    In December 2013, Richard said that he felt two of his singles, "Mistletoe and Wine" and "The Millennium Prayer", had created a negative reaction against him.
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    Richard has criticised the music industry for encouraging artists to court controversy. In November 2013, he said: "The music industry has changed drastically and that damages young artists.
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    In November 2013, Richard released the 100th album of his career, The Fabulous Rock 'n' Roll Songbook.
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    When asked in February 2013 if he had regrets about not starting a family, Richard said that if he had been married with children he could not have devoted so much time to his career.
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  • 2012
    On 30 June 2012, Richard helped to carry the Olympic torch from Derby to Birmingham as part of the torch relay for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
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    He was among the performers at the Diamond Jubilee concert held outside Buckingham Palace in June 2012.
  • 2011
    In October 2011, Richard released his Soulicious album, containing duets with American soul singers including Percy Sledge, Ashford and Simpson, Roberta Flack, Freda Payne and Candi Staton.
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  • 2010
    After Delia Wicks died in 2010, aged 71, her brother Graham Wicks said that she had been "devastated" by Richard's decision to end their relationship, describing Richard as "a very pleasant man".
    In November 2010, he achieved his third consecutive UK No. 1 music DVD in three years with the DVD release of Bold as Brass.
    In all, he toured 12 German cities in November and December 2010, during the Night of the Proms concerts, as the headline act.
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    After a week of promotion, Richard flew out to rehearse for the German Night of the Proms concerts in Belgium at the end of October. He made a surprise appearance at the Antwerp concert of the Night of the Proms on Thursday, 28 October 2010 and sang "We Don't Talk Anymore" to a great reaction from the surprised 20,000 fans at Sportpaleis Antwerp.
    The official party celebrating Richard's 70th birthday was held on 23 October 2010, with guests including Cilla Black, Elaine Paige and Daniel O'Donnell.
    On 14 October 2010, Richard celebrated his 70th birthday and to mark the occasion, he performed a series of six concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
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    Richard performed "Congratulations" at the 70th birthday celebrations of Queen Margrethe II in Denmark on 13 April 2010.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    In June 2009, it was reported by Sound Kitchen Studios in Nashville that Richard was to return there shortly to record a new album of original recordings of jazz songs.
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    A new album, titled Reunited, by Richard and the Shadows was released in September 2009.
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  • 2008
    In 2008, Richard said of his relationship with Barker: "I seriously contemplated asking her to marry me, but in the end I realised that I didn't love her quite enough to commit the rest of my life to her."
    On 11 November 2008, Richard's official website announced that Cliff and the Shadows would reunite to celebrate their 50th anniversary in the music business.
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    2008, Richard's 51st year in the music business saw the release of the eight-CD box set And They Said It Wouldn't Last (My 50 Years in Music).
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  • 2007
    Richard's mother, Dorothy, died in October 2007, aged 87, after a decade with Alzheimer's disease.
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  • 2006
    Two's Company, an album of duets released in 2006, was another top-10 success for Richard and included newly recorded material with Brian May, Dionne Warwick, Anne Murray, Barry Gibb and Daniel O'Donnell, plus some previously recorded duets with artists such as Phil Everly, Elton John and Olivia Newton-John.
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  • 2004
    On 14 June 2004, Richard joined the Shadows on-stage at the London Palladium.
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    When Keating died in April 2004, Richard attended her funeral in Kent and performed his song "Miss You Nights" in tribute to her.
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    Richard went to Nashville, Tennessee for his next album project in 2004, employing a writers' conclave to give him the pick of all new songs for the album Something's Goin' On.
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  • 2001
    Richard's next album, in 2001, was a covers project, Wanted, followed by another top ten album, Cliff at Christmas.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    He attended her funeral in May 1999 in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.
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    In 1999, controversy again arose regarding radio stations refusing to play his releases when EMI, Richard's label since 1958, refused to release his song, "The Millennium Prayer", having judged that the song did not have commercial potential.
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  • 1998
    In 1998, Richard demonstrated that radio stations were refusing to play his music when he released a dance remix of his forthcoming single "Can't Keep This Feeling In" on a white label using the alias Blacknight.
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  • 1996
    In 1996, he led the Wimbledon Centre Court crowd in singing during a rain delay when asked by Wimbledon officials to entertain the crowd.
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  • 1995
    On 17 June 1995, Richard was appointed a Knight Bachelor (and invested on 25 October 1995) and became the first rock star to be so honoured (Bob Geldof had received his honorary knighthood nine years earlier).
  • 1991
    Richard unsuccessfully bid for the Christmas No. 1 spot again with "We Should Be Together" and "Healing Love" in 1991 and 1993 respectively – the latter being taken from his No. 1 studio album Cliff Richard – The Album.
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  • 1990
    On 30 June 1990, Richard performed to an estimated 120,000 people at England's Knebworth Park as part of an all-star concert line-up that also included Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Elton John and Tears for Fears.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Also in 1989, Richard received the Brits highest award: "The Outstanding Contribution award".
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    In May 1989, Richard released his 100th single, "The Best of Me", becoming the first British artist to achieve the feat.
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  • 1988
    Richard concluded his thirtieth year in music by achieving a UK Christmas No. 1 single in 1988 with "Mistletoe and Wine", while simultaneously holding the No. 1 positions on the album and video charts with the compilation Private Collection, which summed up his biggest hits from 1979 to 1988. "Mistletoe and Wine" was Richard's 99th UK single and spent four weeks at the top of the chart.
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  • 1986
    In 1986, after Richard's romance with Barker had ended and she began dating tennis player Stephen Shaw, Richard said that he was still a friend of Barker.
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    In October 1986, "All I Ask of You", a duet that Richard recorded with Sarah Brightman from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical version of The Phantom of the Opera reached No. 3 in the UK singles chart. 1987 saw Richard record his Always Guaranteed album, which became his best selling album of all new material.
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    In August 1986, Richard was involved in a five-car crash in torrential rain on the M4 motorway in West London.
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  • 1985
    Three Richard singles, "She's So Beautiful", which reached No. 17 in the UK, "It's In Every One of Us" and "Born To Rock 'n Roll", were released over 1985 and 1986 from the concept album recorded for Time.
  • 1983
    In an interview in February 1983, Richard spoke of the possibility of marriage with her.
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    He also was amassing a string of top ten albums, including I'm No Hero, Wired for Sound, Now You See Me, Now You Don't, a live album he recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra titled Dressed for the Occasion, and Silver, marking his 25th year in show business in 1983.
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  • 1981
    In 1981, the single "Wired for Sound" hit No. 4 in the UK and also became Richard's biggest hit in Australia since the early 1960s.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    In 1980, Richard officially changed his name, by deed poll, from Harry Rodger Webb to Cliff Richard.
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    It is ironic that at the end of 1980, after many years of limited success in the US, he finally had success such that he had three singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart simultaneously ("A Little In Love", "Dreamin'", and "Suddenly").
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    His 1980 duet "Suddenly" with Olivia Newton-John, from the film Xanadu, peaked at No. 20, followed by "A Little In Love" (No. 17) and "Daddy's Home" (No. 23) in 1981.
  • 1979
    With "We Don't Talk Anymore" in 1979, Richard finally began to receive some extended success in the United States to follow on from the success of "Devil Woman" in 1976.
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    Later in 1979, Richard performed with Kate Bush at the London Symphony Orchestra's 75th anniversary celebration at the Royal Albert Hall.
    In 1979, Richard teamed up once again with producer Bruce Welch for the pop hit single "We Don't Talk Anymore", written and composed by Alan Tarney, which hit No. 1 in the UK and No. 7 in the US.
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  • 1976
    On 31 December 1976, he performed his latest single, "Hey, Mr. Dream Maker", on BBC1's A Jubilee of Music, celebrating British pop music for Queen Elizabeth II's impending Silver Jubilee.
    In 1976, the decision was made to repackage Richard as a "rock" artist.
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  • 1975
    In 1975, he released the single "Honky Tonk Angel," produced by Hank Marvin and John Farrar, oblivious to its connotations or hidden meanings.
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  • 1973
    In 1973, he sang the British Eurovision entry "Power to All Our Friends;" the song finished third, close behind Luxembourg's "Tu Te Reconnaîtras" and Spain's "Eres Tú."
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    His final acting role on the silver screen to date was in 1973, when he starred in the film Take Me High.
  • 1972
    He went on to release a double live album, Cliff Live in Japan 1972, which featured Newton-John.
    In 1972, he made a short BBC television comedy film called The Case with appearances from comedians and his first ever duets with a woman—Newton-John.
  • 1970
    He began 1970 by appearing live on the BBC's review of the sixties music scene, Pop Go The Sixties, which was broadcast across Britain and Europe on 31 December 1969.
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    During the 1970s, Richard took part in several television shows and fronted his own show It's Cliff Richard from 1970–1976.
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  • OTHER
  • 1968
    After the Shadows split in 1968, Richard continued to record.
    In 1968, he sang the UK's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, "Congratulations", written and composed by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter; it lost, however, by one point to Spain's "La La La".
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  • 1967
    He released the live album Cliff in Japan in 1967.
    Richard acted in the 1967 film Two a Penny, released by Billy Graham's World Wide Pictures, in which he played Jamie Hopkins, a young man who gets involved in drug dealing while questioning his life after his girlfriend changes her attitude.
    Richard continued having international hits, including 1967's "The Day I Met Marie", which reached No. 10 in the UK Singles Chart and No. 5 in the Australian charts.
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  • 1965
    Richard's 1965 UK No. 12 hit "On My Word" ended a run of 23 consecutive top ten UK hits between "A Voice in the Wilderness" in 1960 to "The Minute You're Gone" in 1965, which, to date, is still a record number of consecutive top ten UK hits for a male artist.
  • 1963
    Nor did doors open to him in the US market; he was not considered part of the British Invasion, and despite four Hot 100 hits (including the top 25 "It's All in the Game") between August 1963 and August 1964, the American public had little awareness of him.
    As with the other existing rock acts in Britain, Richard's career was affected by the advent of the Beatles and the Mersey sound in 1963 and 1964.
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    In mid-1963, Cliff and the Shadows appeared for a season in Blackpool, where Richard had his portrait modelled by Victor Heyfron.
  • 1962
    The irreverent 1980s TV sitcom The Young Ones took its name from Richard's 1962 film.
    These films created their own genre, known as the "Cliff Richard musical", and led to Richard being named the No. 1 cinema box office attraction in Britain for both 1962 and 1963, beating that of even James Bond.
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  • 1961
    Richard's father, Rodger Webb, died in 1961, aged 56.
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    In the early years, particularly on album and EP releases, Richard also recorded ballads backed by the Norrie Paramor Orchestra with Tony Meehan (and later Brian Bennett) as a session drummer. His first such single without the Shadows was When the Girl in Your Arms Is the Girl in Your Heart in 1961, and he continued to release one or two per year, including covers of "It's All in the Game" in 1963 and "Constantly" in 1964, a revival of a popular Italian hit.
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    In 1961, EMI records organised Richard's 21st birthday party at its London headquarters in Manchester Square led by his producer Norrie Paramor.
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  • 1959
    Richard and the Shadows appeared in six feature films including a debut in the 1959 film Serious Charge but most notably in The Young Ones, Summer Holiday, Wonderful Life, and Finders Keepers.
  • 1958
    The following month, the CPS announced that after reviewing "evidence relating to claims of non-recent sexual offences dating between 1958 and 1983 made by four men" there was "insufficient evidence" to charge Richard with an offence, and that no further action against him would be taken.
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    His late 1958 and early 1959 follow-up singles, "High Class Baby" and "Livin' Lovin' Doll", were followed by "Mean Streak", which carried a rocker's sense of speed and passion, and Lionel Bart's "Living Doll".
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    Before their first large-scale appearance, at the Regal Ballroom in Ripley, Derbyshire in 1958, they adopted the name "Cliff Richard and the Drifters".
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  • 1957
    Harry Webb became interested in skiffle. His father bought him a guitar at 16 and he formed the Quintones vocal group in 1957, before singing in the Dick Teague Skiffle Group.
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  • 1952
    He then attended Cheshunt Secondary Modern School from 1952 to 1957. (The school was later renamed Riversmead School before being rebuilt and renamed Bishopslea School).
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  • 1949
    In 1949 his father obtained employment in the credit control office of Thorn Electrical Industries and the family moved in with other relatives in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, where he attended Kings Road Junior Mixed Infants School until a three-bedroom council house in Cheshunt was allocated to them in 1950, at 12 Hargreaves Close.
  • 1940
    Born on October 14, 1940.
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