Cliff Richard to release 100th album

By admin
05 September 2013

At 72, it seems Cliff Richard can’t be stopped. The singer recently announced he’d be releasing his 100th album. Titled The Fabulous Rock ’n’ Roll Songbook, the album is set to be released sometime in November.

Cliff describes it as a tribute to the likes of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Buddy Holly who, in his opinion, are some of the greatest music icons. The album features new versions of some of his classics such as Teddy Bear (Elvis), Rip It Up (Little Richard), Rave On (Buddy) and Wake Up Little Susie (Everly Brothers).

It all started in April 1959 when Cliff released his debut album, Cliff. The album featured songs such as Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On and That’ll Be the Day. Since then he’s continued releasing albums titled: Cliff Sings, Me and My Shadows, 21 Today, The Young Ones, 32 Minutes and 17 Seconds with Cliff Richard, Summer Holiday . . . and the list continues.

In 2011, Cliff criticised a radio station for banning his music and accused them of apparently “lying to the public” by erasing him from music history. He complained that this prevents fans from discovering his music.

The singer vows he’ll never retire and will never stop making music. "I could do something every five years and no one would stop me doing that, but I have too much fun. As long as I don't have to go on stage with a Zimmer frame, I'll keep going.

"I had so much fun making this album. Singing and performing rock 'n roll is just so invigorating. It's always exciting and inspiring to be in a recording studio and I think there is much more to come from me over the next few years. I'd like also like to think that there will be a volume 2 of The Fabulous Rock 'n’ Roll Songbook. I'm definitely not ready to retire yet."

- Carla Solomons

Sources: Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Queensland Times

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