Cliff Richard

Cliff Richard

Cliff Richard was born Harry Roger Webb in India in 1940 but the family moved to England when he was seven. At the age of 17 he was living in England in a council house in Enfield and like most boys of his age, worshipped the American Rock n’ Roll stars, particularly Elvis. He lost his status as a school prefect after going to a forbidden Bill Haley concert. In 1958 Harry changed his name to Cliff Richard and started a band The Drifters who played in pubs and clubs. By the end of that year, their single Move It had reached number two in the charts and Cliff was on his way to stardom. As well as singing, he appeared in films, pantomime and as Heathcliffe in his own musical production of Wuthering Heights. He has had a hit in the charts every decade since the 50s, remarkable in a business which is notoriously fickle. Also remarkable is his lifestyle which is the opposite of ‘rock and roll’. Cliff is a committed Christian, does not believe in sex before marriage, follows a strict diet, and exercises daily.