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Sir Cliff Richard

(1940-), Singer and actor

Sir Cliff Richard (Harry Webb)

Sitter in 30 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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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

Sheet music cover for 'Nine Times Out of Ten' by Sir Cliff Richard, published by Aberbach (London) Limited, after  Unknown photographer - NPG D48511

Sheet music cover for 'Nine Times Out of Ten' by Sir Cliff Richard

published by Aberbach (London) Limited, after Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction, published 1960
NPG D48511

Sheet music cover for 'Please Don't Tease' by Sir Cliff Richard, published by Belinda (London) Limited, after  Derek Allen - NPG D48512

Sheet music cover for 'Please Don't Tease' by Sir Cliff Richard

published by Belinda (London) Limited, after Derek Allen
halftone reproduction, published 1960
NPG D48512

Sheet music cover for 'I'm Looking Out the Window' by Sir Cliff Richard, published by Chappell & Co, after  (Dezider) Dezo Hoffmann - NPG D48513

Sheet music cover for 'I'm Looking Out the Window' by Sir Cliff Richard

published by Chappell & Co, after (Dezider) Dezo Hoffmann
halftone reproduction, published 1962
NPG D48513

Sheet music cover for 'Cliff and The Shadows' (Hank Marvin; Jet Harris; Brian Bennett; Sir Cliff Richard; Bruce Welch), published by B. Feldman & Co Ltd, after  (Dezider) Dezo Hoffmann, after  Terence ('Jet') Harris - NPG D48514

Sheet music cover for 'Cliff and The Shadows' (Hank Marvin; Jet Harris; Brian Bennett; Sir Cliff Richard; Bruce Welch)

published by B. Feldman & Co Ltd, after (Dezider) Dezo Hoffmann, after Terence ('Jet') Harris
halftone reproduction, published 1962
NPG D48514

Sheet music cover for 'The Young Ones' (Bruce Welch; Daniel ('Tony') Meehan; Sir Cliff Richard; Terence ('Jet') Harris; Hank Marvin), published by Harms-Witmark Limited, after  Unknown photographer - NPG D48515

Sheet music cover for 'The Young Ones' (Bruce Welch; Daniel ('Tony') Meehan; Sir Cliff Richard; Terence ('Jet') Harris; Hank Marvin)

published by Harms-Witmark Limited, after Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction, published 1962
NPG D48515

Sheet music cover for 'The Minute You're Gone' by Sir Cliff Richard, published by Jewel Music Publishing Co. Ltd., after  David Steen - NPG D48516

Sheet music cover for 'The Minute You're Gone' by Sir Cliff Richard

published by Jewel Music Publishing Co. Ltd., after David Steen
halftone reproduction, published 1965
NPG D48516

Sheet music cover for 'Congratulations' by Sir Cliff Richard, published by The Peter Maurice Music Co Ltd, after  Unknown photographer - NPG D48517

Sheet music cover for 'Congratulations' by Sir Cliff Richard

published by The Peter Maurice Music Co Ltd, after Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction, published 1968
NPG D48517

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Sir Cliff Richard at home with his mother and sisters

by John Pratt
gelatin silver print, 1963
NPG x196141

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