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Posted: 16 Nov 17, 08:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

By what context did he achieve his/it's fame?

I don't "see it".

Was there some sort of Royal family rescue he performed? Did he stop a militant invasion somehow? Did he donate his ordinariness to charity?


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Posted: 16 Nov 17, 14:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He's allegedly one of the famous pedos - somehow he's gotten away with it though

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Posted: 16 Nov 17, 21:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He is the British Elvis you disrespectful fuck.

It's so funny how people don't know that anymore.

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Posted: 17 Nov 17, 03:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Cliff Richard was made famous by "The Young Ones" cult classic BBC telly show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGOU0o9K89g


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Posted: 17 Nov 17, 05:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brian May performs "Move It" as a guest of Cliff Richard at "Party at the Palace"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N42qCWVB5Ek


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Posted: 17 Nov 17, 06:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"disrespectful fuck"

Elvis did everyone a favour and died on the crapper when he was fully wrung out, though.

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Posted: 17 Nov 17, 17:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If Elvis hadn't died he could have replaced Freddie in 1991. The King and Queen, uh huh huh, thank you very much. Freddie has left the building.


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Posted: 18 Nov 17, 18:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

They could've also done that with MJ. They could've added 'The Prophet's Song' to the live set so Michael could sing the 'oh, oh, children of the land' line.


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Posted: 19 Nov 17, 09:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

mooghead wrote:

He is the British Elvis you disrespectful fuck.

It's so funny how people don't know that anymore.


To paraphrase Kirk in IV:

"Double fuck you, too!"

I really don't hear anything special.... he's really the British equivalent?

amazing to find this out.

Maybe I'm missing something...

is there a "definitive work" you could point me in the direction of?


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Posted: 19 Nov 17, 13:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

My grandmother used to sing the German version of "Lucky Lips" to me when I was a child - he was already old fashioned when I was a child but in England he was huge with no. 10 hits over 5 decades. It still boggles my mind that the police raided his house in his absence and invited the BBC to film the action from a helicopter. What an extreme low that was for the English justice system and public television. It was open season against any gay celebrity (or perceived gay celebrity) in the wake of the Savile scandal. There was never a shred of evidence that Cliff Richard abused anyone, old or young.


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Posted: 20 Nov 17, 14:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well. No definitive works stated.

Will watch a bio from 10/2000; maybe take note and go from there.

Previous things I'd heard/seen didn't smack of anything fantastic; which was why i posted the QUESTION in this thread.


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Posted: 20 Nov 17, 22:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

matt z wrote:

mooghead wrote:

He is the British Elvis you disrespectful fuck.

It's so funny how people don't know that anymore.


To paraphrase Kirk in IV:

"Double fuck you, too!"

I really don't hear anything special.... he's really the British equivalent?

amazing to find this out.

Maybe I'm missing something...

is there a "definitive work" you could point me in the direction of?


Nah, all sarcasm. The press referred to him as the British Elvis.
'It's So Funny' was his biggest song of the 70's. The guy is a fucking tool.



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Posted: 21 Nov 17, 02:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

SIR Cliff Richard has had top ten hits in 6 decades, and has had over 120 singles, albums or EPs make the top 20 (more than any other artist).

Not bad for a fucking tool ...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/2959195/Cliff-Richard-celebrates-sixth-decade-in-top-ten.html



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Posted: 22 Nov 17, 02:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Beyoncé and That exaggerated ass chick will all probably break records like that (*although adjusted for sales it won't mean the same thing) ...so it's not about superlatives and records really.


What made the guy special is what I'm looking for


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Posted: 24 Nov 17, 21:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

mooghead wrote:

matt z wrote:

mooghead wrote:

He is the British Elvis you disrespectful fuck.

It's so funny how people don't know that anymore.


To paraphrase Kirk in IV:

"Double fuck you, too!"

I really don't hear anything special.... he's really the British equivalent?

amazing to find this out.

Maybe I'm missing something...

is there a "definitive work" you could point me in the direction of?


Nah, all sarcasm. The press referred to him as the British Elvis.
'It's So Funny' was his biggest song of the 70's. The guy is a fucking tool.



It is actually called 'We Don't Talk Anymore' and is perhaps the finest song ever written..



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Posted: 25 Nov 17, 12:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

^hahaha.

I've heard that in the last week.

Yes. By holy decree. ...greatest/finest song ever....the depths they must have gone to reach that nadir. ...and to hit that peak in writing.

Incredible


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Posted: 25 Nov 17, 12:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

By the way. ....every time i use that word I'm stumped.


Do you think that green party and sometimes independent Ralph Nader would've been MORE SUCCESSFUL had he changed his name to Ralph HIGHEST?


I think so.


Or Ralph Crescendo
Ralph Peakness
Ralph Greatest
Ralph Excelsior
heck

Even

Ralph Ordinary



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Posted: 25 Nov 17, 20:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

matt z wrote:

What made the guy special is what I'm looking for


Maybe it's of its time, but ask pretty much any successful British musician from the 60s and 70s and they'll tell you that Cliff and the Shadows were a massive influence on them. They wrote the book on what 60s pop music could be. This band was indeed as influential to British musicians as Elvis was to Americans. Hank Marvin was particularly influential on countless guitar players after him.

Sometimes it's hard to get in 2017 what guitarists in the 60s found inspiring, but if guys like Syd Barrett, Jeff Beck, Ritchie Blackmore, Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, David Gilmour, George Harrison, Steve Howe, Tony Iommi, Mark Knopfler, Brian May, Andy Summers, Pete Townshend, (basically every major British guitarist besides Page) all cite him as a big deal, then he really was a big deal.

Even Tommy Emmanuel cites him as an influence, and he is arguably the greatest guitarist alive today.



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Posted: 25 Nov 17, 20:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoN6AKPGkBo

This is all kinds of weird. The Shadows miming Apache in 1969, with dancers and all. This song inspired countless British guitarists to pick up the instrument in the 60s, but things were moving along so quickly back then that the spaghetti western sound is so dated in a world with Led Zeppelin and King Crimson.



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Posted: 26 Nov 17, 21:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

His backing band have become more influential....