In 1957 a boy named Harry Webb delivered a startling version of Elvis Presley s Heartbreak Hotel in a youth club in Cheshunt. 50 years on, Cliff Richard, the star Harry Webb became, has outsold both The Beatles and Elvis in total British single sales. The BBC s 100 Greatest Britons placed him at No. 56, and in 1995 he became the first rock star to be knighted. Yet, despite his huge public persona, the man himself remains a reserved and private figure. Tim Ewbank and Stafford Hildred s revealing biography, marking 50 years of music from the first British pop star, gives a revealing insight into the life of this British icon. Through interviews with fellow musicians, co-stars, directors and Cliff himself it reveals the man behind the celebrity. Unflinching in its portrayal of one of Britain s most loved icons, this biography examines Cliff s musical ascendance as well as the women in his life, his religion, his determination to succeed and his lasting regret that he has never broke America.
Tim Ewbank and Stafford Hildred are the best-selling authors of Sir David Jason and Rod Stewart- The New Biography. Tim Ewbank has worked as a TV correspondent for numerous newspapers, including The Daily Mail, and has covered assignments all over the world. Stafford Hildred worked on Fleet Street for many years, as well as founding the Wordstar entertainment media group.