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Sir Cliff Richard

(1940-), Singer and actor

Sir Cliff Richard (Harry Webb)

Sitter in 29 portraits
Cliff came to prominence in the late 1950s at the age of eighteen with his debut single 'Move It' (1958), which reached No. 2 in the UK chart. He achieved his first No. 1 record in 1959 with Lionel Bart's ‘Living Doll’, and went on to have a string of hits in the early 1960s including 'Summer Holiday' (1962). Performing with his backing group, The Shadows, he presented himself as the British Elvis Presley. In the 1960s he starred in six musical films and in 1968 came second with 'Congratulations' in the Eurovision Song Contest.

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Sir Cliff Richard, by Norman Parkinson - NPG P1369

Sir Cliff Richard

by Norman Parkinson
bromide print, early 1960s
NPG P1369

The Shadows, by Angus McBean - NPG P912

The Shadows

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1961
NPG P912

Sir Cliff Richard; Godfrey Herbert Winn, by Unknown photographer - NPG x137788

Sir Cliff Richard; Godfrey Herbert Winn

by Unknown photographer
vintage print, 1950s
NPG x137788

Sir Cliff Richard, by Angus McBean - NPG x194175

Sir Cliff Richard

by Angus McBean
vintage print, 1950s
NPG x194175

Sir Cliff Richard, by Harry Hammond - NPG x15546

Sir Cliff Richard

by Harry Hammond
bromide print, 1958
NPG x15546

Sir Cliff Richard, by Derek Allen - NPG x45957

Sir Cliff Richard

by Derek Allen
modern bromide print from original negative, 1958
NPG x45957

Sir Cliff Richard, by Derek Allen - NPG x45956

Sir Cliff Richard

by Derek Allen
modern bromide print from original negative, 1958
NPG x45956

Sir Cliff Richard, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x23307

Sir Cliff Richard

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1960
NPG x23307

Cliff Richard, by Bob Collins - NPG x136333

Cliff Richard

by Bob Collins
bromide print, 1963
NPG x136333

Bob Collins; Cliff Richard, by Bob Collins - NPG x136437

Bob Collins; Cliff Richard

by Bob Collins
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1963
NPG x136437

Bob Collins; Cliff Richard, by Bob Collins - NPG x136438

Bob Collins; Cliff Richard

by Bob Collins
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1963
NPG x136438

Sir Cliff Richard, by Michael Ward - NPG x88839

Sir Cliff Richard

by Michael Ward
bromide print, 5 April 1968
NPG x88839

Sir Cliff Richard; Mary Whitehouse, by Bryan Wharton - NPG x88887

Sir Cliff Richard; Mary Whitehouse

by Bryan Wharton
bromide print, 1972
NPG x88887

Sir Cliff Richard, by Trevor Leighton - NPG x29717

Sir Cliff Richard

by Trevor Leighton
bromide fibre print, June 1986
NPG x29717

Sheet music cover for 'Travelin' Light' by Sir Cliff Richard, published by Aberbach (London) Limited, after  Derek Allen - NPG D48508

Sheet music cover for 'Travelin' Light' by Sir Cliff Richard

published by Aberbach (London) Limited, after Derek Allen
halftone reproduction, published 1959
NPG D48508

Sheet music cover for 'Living Doll' by Sir Cliff Richard, published by The Peter Maurice Music Co Ltd, after  Unknown photographer - NPG D48509

Sheet music cover for 'Living Doll' by Sir Cliff Richard

published by The Peter Maurice Music Co Ltd, after Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction, published 1959
NPG D48509

Sheet music cover for 'A Voice in the Wilderness' by Sir Cliff Richard, published by Chappell & Co - NPG D48510

Sheet music cover for 'A Voice in the Wilderness' by Sir Cliff Richard

published by Chappell & Co
halftone reproduction, published 1960
NPG D48510

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