73 Facts About Sir Cliff Richard

1. Sir Cliff Richard performed in front of watchers by singing his famous song 'singing in the rain'.

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2. On 18 July 2018, Sir Cliff Richard won his High Court case against the BBC and was awarded £210,000 in damages.

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3. Sir Cliff Richard commented: "My reputation will not be fully vindicated because the CPS's policy is to only say something general about there being 'insufficient' evidence.

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4. Sir Cliff Richard pulled out of a visit to the US Open tennis championships, turned down the freedom of his adopted Portuguese home city of Albufeira, and cancelled a scheduled appearance at Canterbury Cathedral because he did not want the event to be "overshadowed by the false allegation".

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5. Sir Cliff Richard was involved in a campaign to extend copyright on sound recordings in the UK from 50 to 95 years, and extend the number of years on which a musician can receive royalties.

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6. Sir Cliff Richard has supported numerous UK charities over many years through the Cliff Richard Charitable Trust, both through donations and by making personal visits to schools, churches, hospitals and homes for special needs children.

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7. Sir Cliff Richard has helped to raise funds and awareness of the disease by speaking publicly about his mother's condition.

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8. Sir Cliff Richard has donated to a leading dementia research charity, Alzheimer's Research UK.

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9. Sir Cliff Richard has made overseas visits to see their work in Uganda, Bangladesh and Brazil.

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10. Sir Cliff Richard said: "Firstly, it was the love of money that was the root of all evil.

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11. Sir Cliff Richard was one of approximately 30,000 people who gathered at London's Trafalgar Square for a demonstration.

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12. Sir Cliff Richard joined public figures such as Malcolm Muggeridge, Mary Whitehouse and Bishop Trevor Huddleston to demonstrate in London "for love and family life, against pornography and moral pollution".

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13. Sir Cliff Richard said: "My three sisters have children, and it's been wonderful to watch them grow up, get married and start families of their own.

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14. Sir Cliff Richard said: "I'm officially a non-resident [of the UK], although I will always be British and proud of it.

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15. Sir Cliff Richard said: "She was a very special person, and I have lost a very wonderful friend.

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16. Sir Cliff Richard wrote: "In the end, I believe, people are going to be judged for what they are.

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17. Sir Cliff Richard called on the Church of England to affirm people's commitment in same-sex marriage.

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18. Sir Cliff Richard finished No 56 in the 2002 100 Greatest Britons list, sponsored by the BBC and voted for by the public.

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19. In 2006, Sir Cliff Richard received a Portuguese Order in which he was appointed Commander of the Order of Prince Henry, this in recognition of his 40 years of personal and business involvement in that country.

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20. Sir Cliff Richard has become a companion, which is great because I don't like living alone, even now.

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21. In 2008, Sir Cliff Richard said: "John now spends most of his time looking after my properties, which means I don't have to.

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22. Sir Cliff Richard has spoken of his friendship with John McElynn, an American former missionary whom he met in 2001 on a visit to New York.

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23. Sir Cliff Richard said: "I was really angry with God.

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24. Sir Cliff Richard said: "At the time when I and many of us were in love with Olivia she was engaged to someone else.

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25. Sir Cliff Richard said: "We have a mutual respect for each other and that means a lot to me.

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26. Sir Cliff Richard said: "It's not vital to get married and it's not vital to be a father.

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27. Sir Cliff Richard said: "I'm seeing Sue, the only girl I want to see at the moment and if marriage comes on the horizon, I shall relish it.

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28. In 2008, Sir Cliff 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.

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29. Sir Cliff Richard described Irving as "utterly beautiful" and says for a time they were "inseparable".

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30. Sir Cliff Richard missed the best parts of my career.

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31. Sir Cliff Richard said: "Airplay is vital for single hits.

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32. In 1997, Sir Cliff Richard said of the rock band Oasis: "It's just a shame that part of what gives them their kick is their self-destructive impulse.

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33. Sir Cliff Richard has criticised the music industry for encouraging artists to court controversy.

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34. Sir Cliff Richard said: "I've never wanted to trash a hotel room.

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35. Sir Cliff Richard said he is proud that he never adopted the hedonistic lifestyle of a typical rock star.

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36. Sir Cliff Richard has spoken of his irritation about other stars who are praised after taking drugs.

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37. Sir Cliff Richard's not on the playlist, and you must stop playing him.

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38. Sir Cliff Richard spoke about this on The Alan Titchmarsh Show on ITV in December 2007, pointing out that while new bands needed airplay for promotion and sales, long-established artists such as himself relied upon airplay for the same reasons.

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39. Sir Cliff Richard took to the stage across seven cities in the UK, including six nights at London's Royal Albert Hall, a venue in which he has performed over 100 occasions during his career.

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40. In October 2015, Sir Cliff Richard performed on tour to mark his 75th birthday.

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41. Sir Cliff Richard announced that he would stage a free show for fans in New York on the same night the cancelled concert was due to take place.

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42. Sir Cliff Richard was scheduled to open for Morrissey at a live concert at New York's 19,000-capacity Barclays Center on 21 June 2014.

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43. In November 2013, Sir Cliff Richard released the 100th album of his career, The Fabulous Rock 'n' Roll Songbook.

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44. Sir Cliff Richard said that his run with the Olympic torch would be one of his top-10 memories.

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45. On 30 June 2012, Sir Cliff 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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46. Sir Cliff Richard performed a selection of hits and tracks from the Bold As Brass album.

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47. Sir Cliff Richard 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.

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48. On 14 October 2010, Sir Cliff 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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49. Sir Cliff Richard performed "Congratulations" at the 70th birthday celebrations of Queen Margrethe II in Denmark on 13 April 2010.

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50. Sir Cliff Richard was to record fourteen tracks in a week.

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51. On 14 June 2004, Sir Cliff Richard joined the Shadows on-stage at the London Palladium.

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52. Sir Cliff 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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53. Sir Cliff Richard took it to an independent label, Papillon, which released the charity recording.

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54. In 1998, Sir Cliff 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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55. On 17 June 1995, Sir Cliff Richard was appointed a Knight Bachelor and became the first rock star to be so honoured (Bob Geldof had received his honorary knighthood nine years earlier).

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56. In May 1989, Sir Cliff Richard released his 100th single, "The Best of Me", becoming the first British artist to achieve the feat.

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57. Sir Cliff Richard said that his seatbelt had prevented him from flying through the windscreen.

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58. In 1986, Sir Cliff Richard reached No 1 by teaming up with The Young Ones to re-record his smash hit "Living Doll" for the charity Comic Relief.

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59. In 1980, Sir Cliff Richard officially changed his name, by deed poll, from Harry Rodger Webb to Cliff Richard.

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60. Sir Cliff Richard went on to release a double live album, Cliff Live in Japan 1972, which featured Newton-John.

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61. Sir Cliff Richard 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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62. Sir Cliff Richard released the live album Cliff in Japan in 1967.

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63. Sir Cliff 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.

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64. Sir Cliff 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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65. Sir Cliff Richard was permitted to record one of his own songs for the B-side; this was "Move It", written and composed by the Drifters' Samwell while he was on board a number 715 Green Line bus on the way to Richard's house for a rehearsal.

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66. Sir Cliff Richard's debut session, Norrie Paramor provided Richard with "Schoolboy Crush", a cover of an American record by Bobby Helms.

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67. Sir Cliff Richard's parents were Rodger Oscar Webb, a manager for a catering contractor that serviced the Indian Railways, and the former Dorothy Marie Dazely.

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68. Sir Cliff Richard has never achieved the same impact in the United States despite eight US Top 40 singles, including the million-selling "Devil Woman" and "We Don't Talk Anymore".

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69. Sir Cliff Richard has achieved 14 UK number-one singles, and is the only singer to have had a number-one single in the UK in five consecutive decades.

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70. Sir Cliff Richard holds the record as the only act to make the UK singles charts in all of its first six decades (1950s–2000s).

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71. Sir Cliff Richard has had 67 UK top ten singles, the second highest total for an artist behind Elvis.

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72. Sir Cliff Richard was originally marketed as a rebellious rock and roll singer in the style of Elvis and Little Richard.

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73. Sir Cliff Richard, was born on Harry Rodger Webb, 14 October 1940 and is a British pop singer, musician, performer, actor and philanthropist.

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