Monday, February 05, 2007

Number 666 - Cliff Richard

Number 666

Cliff Richard

"Living Doll"

(1959 & 1986)
Entering on the Devil's Number 666 and no not Devil Woman (That was Number 739, but coincidentally ended up with a rating of 66.6 pts, i smell a conspiracy) is Cliff Richard with his first hit from 1959 "Living Doll". Living Doll was a Number 1 hit not only in 1959 but also again (With ) in 1986.

Written by Lionel Bart it was originally recorded in 1959 by and and produced by Norrie Paramor. It peaked at #1 on the UK singles chart for six weeks from July 1959, selling over a million copies in the process. The song won Bart an Ivor Novello Award for best song. The song was Richard's first US hit single reaching #30 on the Billboard Hot 100. 27 years later in 1986 alternative comedy group The Young Ones approached Richard to record a comic version of Living Doll for the Comic Relief charity. Surprisingly bearing in mind the contrast between the anarchic comedians and the clean cut Richard he agreed and their version again topped the UK singles chart, for three weeks from March 1986. Shadows guitarist Hank Marvin was reunited with Richard on this recording for the first time since 1975.
Sir Cliff Richard & The Young Ones
The link between Cliff Richard and the Young Ones....
The theme tune to the series was the cast singing the Cliff Richard song The Young Ones. Throughout the series there were many references to Richard. Rick idolized him, despite his supposedly anarchic leanings. This and his praise for Mrs. Thatcher in one episode revealed an irony that the British public (in this case, Rick) praise Thatcher and the Tories when things are going well for them. In this example, Rick and the gang having successfully robbed a bank. In 1984, after the second season, Nigel Planer got to No. 2 in the UK charts with a version of Traffic's Hole In My Shoe. In 1986, two years after the show's run, the housemates sang Living Doll with Cliff Richard and Hank Marvin for Comic Relief. The song, a reworking of his 1959 number one hit again reached the top position in the UK Charts.
Cliff Richard with Morcambe & Wise
For more Cliff Richard see Number 739
For The Shadows see Number 800
Crowbarreds choice for Website to find more on Cliff Richard ... Click on the address,_Cliff/index.html
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Cliff Richard? No-one believes he should be in our Top 500) And The Album ranked at Number (Surely?)
This song has a crowbarred rating of 69.8 out of 108
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