Did Cliff Richard write his own songs

Cliff Richard - superstar, knight and Christian

Singing or athletics

Harry Rodger Webb, the real name of Cliff Richard, was born in the Indian garrison town of Lucknow. When India became independent, the eight-year-old accompanied his parents to England. The previously wealthy family had to live there in modest circumstances for years. A record player was bought with little money and Cliff Richard soon played the guitar to the current hits of the day. He was also the best javelin thrower in his school and played football on the junior team. It was his mother who kept an eye on his musical career and firmly believed: "You are as good as all the others."

Manager optically convinced

At the age of 16 he was earning a living as an office worker, his free time was devoted to music and soon he founded his own band "The Drifters". In the summer of 1958 they performed at the Gaumont Theater in London, they were liked and a little later Cliff Richard had his first record deal in his pocket.

Picture book career

His first single "Move it" stormed the charts. With his backing band, which has since been renamed "The Shadows", he was the incarnation of British rock'n'roll alongside Tommy Steele. Hits followed on the assembly line and just a year later he landed a million seller with "Living Doll", which made him known beyond England's borders. He made records in several languages ​​and the film knocked on him too. The picture book career lasted until 1963. Then there was a deep turning point in his life, which also had an impact on his artistic career.

Theology instead of music

Affected by the death of his father, he sought support and turned to sects. He accompanied the evangelist preacher Billy Graham on his England tour and appeared at his events. In interviews, Cliff Richard stated that in future he only wanted to devote himself to theology. However, long-term contracts and the associated obligations kept him in show business and helped to overcome his mental crisis.

The voting from Germany costs Cliff Richard the victory

In 1968 the Song Contest was held in Great Britain and in the run-up it was almost certain that Cliff Richard would achieve a home win. There was no real competition and "Congratulations" was already listed in many European charts. When all the entries were presented and the scoring began, Cliff Richard was nervous and locked himself in the men's room. This seemed unfounded as everything was going according to plan and Britain was in the lead. But then came the evaluation from Germany, which brought about the turning point: two points for England and six points for Spain, which was three points behind the United Kingdom so far. So the singer Massiel beat the hottest favorite with “La La La” with a single point difference.