Cliff Richard - The Bachelor Boy
Cliff Richard has been Britain's longest surviving and most consistent hit music maker. Starting his career as a rock 'n' roll threat to decent, upstanding citizens, he is now a friend to Royalty and prime ministers, a Knight and a holder of the OBE. This book tells his story chronologically, through the voices of his friends, family and colleagues - like listening in on a dinner party attended by most of the key people in his career. The stories told reveal Cliff as seen by those closest to him and, in contrast to the many official publications, this book does not just include the flattering stories. The author's probing questions have elicited extraordinary memories and observations, previously unheard by the public. Heavily illustrated with rare and interesting photographs of Cliff at work and play, this book will stand as a lasting testament to one of the most glorious careers in British show business.
About Steve Turner
Steve Turner is the author of The Man Called Cash: The Life, Loves and Faith of an American Legend, Trouble Man: The Life and Death of Marvin Gaye, The Gospel According to the Beatles and Van Morrison: Too Late to Stop Now. As Cliff Richard's authorized biographer he is frequently used as a consultant on Cliff Richard related radio and TV projects. His previous book for Carlton, A Hard Day's Write: The Stories Behind Every Beatles' Song, has now sold over a quarter of a million copies.
About Cliff Richard
Sir Cliff Richard OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb; 14 October 1940) is a British pop singer, musician, performer, actor and philanthropist. Richard has been a resident for most of his life in the United Kingdom, but in 2010 confirmed that he is now also a citizen of Barbados. Richard has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. He has total sales of over 21 million singles in the UK and is the third-top-selling singles artist in UK Chart history, behind the Beatles and Elvis Presley.
Over a career spanning more than 50 years, Richard has become a fixture of the British entertainment world, amassing many gold and platinum discs and awards, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male twice and the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, and two Ivor Novello Awards. He has had more than 130 singles, albums and EPs make the UK Top 20, more than any other artist and holds the record (with Elvis Presley) as the only act to make the UK singles charts in all of its first six decades (1950s–2000s). He has achieved 14 UK No. 1 singles (or 18, depending on the counting methodology) and is the only singer to have had a No. 1 single in the UK in 5 consecutive decades: the 1950s through to the 1990s. In 2008, he celebrated his 50th anniversary in music by releasing a greatest hits album, featuring the new track "Thank You for a Lifetime", which reached number 3 in the UK singles chart. In November 2013, Richard released his latest album, The Fabulous Rock 'n' Roll Songbook, which became the 100th album of his career.