It began, as so many legends do, with a guitar. The year is 1957. Elvis Presley is energising the youth of nations, in Liverpool two schoolboys named Lennon and McCartney share an adolescent dream to form a band and in suburban Hertfordshire, Rodger Webb comes home with a gift for his 17-year-old son Harry.
Long before the Mersey beat is born, Harry Webb – soon to be known to millions as Cliff Richard – has set off with his new guitar on a journey that will span decades and continents and accumulate hundreds of gold and platinum discs, 88 international entertainment awards and more than 250 million record sales.
For more than 50 years Cliff Richard has sustained an unrivalled career in showbusiness, spanning the cultural universe of rock and pop music, in film, on television and on stage. No band or artist can claim either the longevity or the breadth of his success, none has navigated international celebrity with such integrity and professional dedication – and few have earned the love and respect afforded by three generations of fans. This book is his story and his history told in an unforgettable collection of pictures – an incomparable and compelling archive that devotees will treasure.
Robin Morgan is a journalist and author. A former investigative journalist, foreign correspondent and award winning reporter, he is currently enjoying a second term as the Editor of the acclaimed Sunday Times Magazine of London. He is a former Editorial Director Designate of Reader’s Digest Books and the author or editor of six books, including The Book Of Film Biographies.