Cliff Richard is the only singer to have had a number-one single in the UK in five consecutive decades. Cliff Richard's 1958 hit single "Move It" is often described as Britain's first authentic rock and roll song. In the opinion of John Lennon of the Beatles, "before Cliff and the Shadows, there had been nothing worth listening to in British music." Author and rock music critic Tony Parsons has said: "If you don't like at least some Cliff Richard, then you don't like pop music". - Vallely, Paul (7 March 1996). "The Bachelor Boy". The Independent. London. Musician Sting has also defended Richard, stating: "Cliff Richard is in my opinion one of Britain's finest singers technically and emotionally."
WHAT D'YA KNOW, WE GOT A SHOW!
The curtain will rise, and to our surprise, and what d'ya know? we got a show!
One moment you're going beserk and, He'll laugh and he'll clown, then he'll fall down and what do you know? you've got a show!
Richard dominated the British popular music scene in the pre-Beatles period of the late 1950s to early 1960s. His 1958 hit single "Move It" is often described as Britain's first authentic rock and roll song.
"Before Cliff and the Shadows, there had been nothing worth listening to in British music." - John Lennon of the Beatles.
Over a career spanning 60 years, Richard has amassed many gold and platinum discs and awards, including two Ivor Novello Awards and three Brit Awards.
More than 130 of Cliff Richard's singles, albums and EPs have reached the UK Top 20, more than any other artist. Cliff Richard has had 67 UK top ten singles, the second highest total for an artist behind Elvis. Cliff Richard holds the record (with Elvis) as the only act to make the UK singles charts in all of its first six decades (1950s–2000s).
Cliff Richard has never achieved the same popularity in the United States despite eight US Top 40 singles, including the million-selling "Devil Woman" and "We Don't Talk Anymore". In Canada, Cliff Richard had a successful period in the early 1960s, and again in the late 1970s and early 1980s with some releases certified gold and platinum.