The Cliff Richard Show

ITV (ended 1963)


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The Cliff Richard Show

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The Cliff Richard Show is a half-hour musical variety program initially produced by Dinah Thetford in 1961, and renewed by producers Jon Scoffield in 1964 and Dicky Leeman in 1967. The show features Cliff Richard and the Shadows, supported by the Jack Parnell orchestra and the Vernons Girls dancers. Each episode consists of approximately a dozen staged musical performances. The format has Cliff Richard performing solo or with the Shadows or other guests, song and dance routines by the Vernons Girls, and performances by one or more featured musical guests. Over the life of the series guests included Petula Clark, Marty Wilde, The Kaye Sisters, Dickie Valentine, and Alma Cogan. Since first making his mark on rock and roll in 1958 with hit single Move It, Cliff Richard has enjoyed extensive and enduring popularity in the UK and around the world. Known as Britain's Elvis, he has more Top 10 hits than any other artist, is the only singer in history to have a #1 hit in every decade from the 50s to the 90s, and has the third highest #1 hits in the UK after Elvis and the Beatles. In spite of his musical achievements, Cliff Richard has never had a significant popular impact in the US.


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