Cliff Richard Turns 80 – His 20 Most Underrated Songs

This month the biggest British solo act in the history of the UK singles charts turned 80. I have zero shame in admitting my appreciation for the man who’s had more UK top 20 hits – upwards of 130 – than anybody else and no less than 68 top 10 hits – second only to…

In Defence Of Cliff Richard – His 20 Best Deep Cuts

The LP that began the renaissance of Cliff Richard’s career, I’m Nearly Famous from 1976. I didn’t realise disturbing rumours have been swirling online for some time about British pop star Cliff Richard. I also didn’t realise until a couple of days ago that police made no attempt to contact him until at least a…

RIP Phil Everly – A Forgotten 80s Top 10 Hit With Cliff Richard

Single sleeve, 1983. Phil Everly – one half of pioneering rock ‘n’ roll duo The Everly Brothers – has died aged 74. My appreciation of The Everly Brothers initially came through the incredible artists they directly influenced – everyone from the Beatles to the Beach Boys to Simon and Garfunkel to Bob Dylan to the…

Why Cliff Richard Is Much Cooler Than You Think

Last night I saw my very first childhood music hero in concert, the third time I’ve now seen this most unfashionable of pop stars in a live setting. When I was five years old, Cliff Richard was it. Sure, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon were up there too, but top of the pile as a…

When Songs Come On Your iPod Just When You Need Them

Burrard Street Bridge, Vancouver. Life is full of ups and downs and I had cause to remember in the last couple of days a time when I’d been hit with several downs in a row too many. I was living in Vancouver at the time and took a walk to clear my mind and unusually…