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Olivia Newton John. Kylie Minogue. Do you need help? Visit the help section or contact us. Go back to filtering menu. Unlimited One-Day Delivery and more. There's a problem loading this menu at the moment. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Back to top. As time progressed, Richard balanced his faith and work, enabling him to remain one of the most popular singers in Britain as well as one of its best-known Christians.
Richard acted in the 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. He released the live album Cliff in Japan in It is claimed that Spanish TVE television executives offered to buy programmes in exchange for votes. Nevertheless, "Congratulations" was a huge hit throughout Europe and Australia, and yet another No.
During the s, Richard took part in several television shows and fronted his own show It's Cliff Richard from to He performed "Bachelor Boy" with the Shadows and "Congratulations" solo.
In , 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. His final acting role on the silver screen to date was in , when he starred in the film Take Me High. In , he released the single " Honky Tonk Angel ," produced by Hank Marvin and John Farrar, oblivious to its connotations or hidden meanings.
As soon as he was notified that a "honky-tonk angel" was southern US slang for a prostitute, the horrified Richard ordered EMI to withdraw it and refused to promote it despite making a video for it. EMI agreed to his demand despite the fact the single was expected to sell well. About 1, copies are known to exist on vinyl. In , the decision was made to repackage Richard as a "rock" artist. That year Bruce Welch relaunched Cliff's career and produced the landmark album I'm Nearly Famous , which included the successful but controversial guitar-driven track " Devil Woman ", which became Richard's first true hit in the United States, and the ballad " Miss You Nights ".
Many music names such as Jimmy Page , Eric Clapton and Elton John were seen sporting I'm Nearly Famous badges, pleased that their boyhood idol was getting back into the heavier rock in which he had begun his career. Notwithstanding this, Richard continued to release albums with contemporary Christian music content in parallel with his rock and pop albums, for example: Small Corners from contained the single "Yes He Lives".
On 31 December , he performed his latest single, "Hey, Mr. Bryan Ferry added hummed backing vocals to the song. The record made Richard the first act to reach the Hot 's top 40 in the s who had also been there in each of the three previous decades. It was his first time at the top of the UK singles chart in over ten years and the song would become his biggest-selling single worldwide, selling almost five million copies throughout the world. With "We Don't Talk Anymore" in , Richard finally began to receive some extended success in the United States to follow on from the success of "Devil Woman" in After many years of limited success in the US, three of his singles simultaneously charted on the last Hot of "A Little in Love", "Dreamin'", and "Suddenly".
In the UK meanwhile, "Carrie" reached No. In a retrospective review of "Carrie," AllMusic journalist Dave Thompson praised "Carrie" as being "an enthrallingly atmospheric number. One of the most electrifying of all Cliff Richard's recordings. In , the single " Wired for Sound " hit No. To finish the year, "Daddy's Home" hit No. On the singles chart, Richard was having his most consistent period of top twenty hits since the mids.
In , Richard reached No. Along with the song, the recording contained comedy dialogue between Richard and the Young Ones. That same year Richard opened in the West End as a rock musician called upon to defend Earth in a trial set in the Andromeda Galaxy in the multi-media Dave Clark musical Time. In August , Richard was involved in a five-car crash in torrential rain on the M4 motorway in West London.
Richard's car was a write-off as another car swerved and braked hard. Richard hurt his back in the accident but was not seriously injured. Police called for a cab from the accident scene so that he was able to perform that night in the "Time" musical.
After the show, Richard said: "I'm lucky to be here". He said that his seatbelt had prevented him from flying through the windscreen. Richard concluded his thirtieth year in music by achieving a UK Christmas No. It was the best-selling UK single of , shifting , copies. In May , Richard released his th single, " The Best of Me ", becoming the first British artist to achieve the feat. It was also the lead single from the UK top ten album Stronger. Later in , a live album titled From a Distance: The Event was released.
It compiled highlights of the previous year's "The Event" show, and provided two live tracks as singles, " Silhouettes " UK No. Simply titled The Album , it debuted at No. In , the compilation The Hit List was released, meanwhile in the background, Richard was concentrating on bringing the musical Heathcliff to the stage. With Richard's succession of hit songs and albums from the late s into the early s, followed by another strong run in the late s and early s, a strong fan base had been reestablished and Richard remained one of the best-known music artists in the country.
Meanwhile, the Shadows later re-formed and again split. They recorded on their own, but also reunited with Richard in , and — On 17 June , Richard was appointed a Knight Bachelor invested on 25 October ,  becoming the first rock star to be so honoured.
In , he led the Wimbledon Centre Court crowd in singing during a rain delay when asked by Wimbledon officials to entertain the crowd. In , 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.
The single was featured on playlists until the true artist was revealed. In , controversy again arose regarding radio stations refusing to play his releases when EMI, Richard's label since , refused to release his song, " The Millennium Prayer ", having judged that the song did not have commercial potential. The single went on to top the UK chart for three weeks, becoming his fourteenth No.
Richard's next album, in , was a covers project, Wanted , followed by another top ten album, Cliff at Christmas. The holiday album contained both new and older recordings, including the single "Santa's List", which reached No. Richard went to Nashville, Tennessee for his next album project in , employing a writers' conclave to give him the pick of all new songs for the album Something's Goin' On.
The Shadows had decided to re-form for another tour of the UK. It was not to be their last tour together though, as they would re-form once again for a final tour five years later in Another compilation album, Love The Album was released on 12 November On 14 September it reached No. On 11 November , Richard's official website announced that Cliff and the Shadows would reunite to celebrate their 50th anniversary in the music business. A month later they performed at the Royal Variety Performance.
In , Cliff and the Shadows brought their partnership to an end with the "Golden Anniversary concert tour of the UK". A new album, titled Reunited , by Richard and the Shadows was released in September It was their first studio project in forty years.
The 28 tracks recorded comprise 25 re-recordings of their earlier work, with three "new" tracks, originally from that era and earlier , the single " Singing the Blues ", along with Eddie Cochran 's " C'mon Everybody " and the Frankie Ford hit " Sea Cruise ".
The album charted at No. The reunion tour continued into Europe in In June , 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.
On 14 October , Richard celebrated his 70th birthday and to mark the occasion, he performed a series of six concerts at the Royal Albert Hall , London. To accompany the concerts, a new album of cover versions of swing standards, Bold as Brass , was released on 11 October. Picture Disc. Other Special Records. Best magazine. Juke Box magazine.
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