Cliff (album)

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Cliff (Album) Mono.jpg
Live album (live in the studio) by
Cliff Richard and The Drifters
ReleasedApril 1959
Recorded9–10 February 1959
VenueAbbey Road Studios (Studio 2)
GenreRock and roll
LabelColumbia (EMI)
ProducerNorrie Paramor
Cliff Richard and The Drifters chronology
Cliff Sings
Alternative cover
French release Dance with Cliff Richard
French release Dance with Cliff Richard

Cliff is the debut album in 1959 by British singer Cliff Richard and his band the Drifters (later known as the Shadows). The album is a live-in-the-studio recording of their early rock and roll in front of an invited audience of several hundred fans. It was recorded over two nights during February 1959 in Studio 2 at EMI Recording Studios (later known as Abbey Road Studios) with Norrie Paramor as producer.[1][2][3]

The album contains renderings of Richard's hit single "Move It", both tracks of the yet to be released Drifters' instrumental single "Jet Black" and "Driftin'" and covers of rock 'n' roll standards made famous by Elvis Presley (including Presley's duet's with Big Maybelle and Little Walter), Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Ricky Nelson, Ritchie Valens, Gene Vincent, and Milton Allen (born Milton Allen Graves, Houston, Texas[4])

The album reached number 4 in the UK album chart and spent 31 weeks on the chart - a time when the chart was only a top ten.[5]


The album was released originally in mono only (Columbia 33 SX 1147) but was also released in two parts as 45rpm EPs (Cliff No.1 and Cliff No.2 in both mono and stereo. Both versions use the same takes but with slightly different audience noise.[3]

The album was repackaged with the title Dance with Cliff Richard for release in France (Columbia 33 FPX 185).[6]

The album was first released on CD in 1987 (EMI CDP 7482772) in the original mono version. It was reissued in 1998 (EMI 495 4382) with both the mono and stereo versions on the same disc. It was also released in 2001 (EMI 534 6002) with the stereo version only along with the stereo version of the follow-up album Cliff Sings as part of the 2 on 1 series.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Original artistLength
1."Apron Strings"George David Weiss, Aaron SchroederBilly the Kid2:40
2."My Babe"Willie DixonLittle Walter, Elvis Presley2:21
3."Down the Line"Roy OrbisonRoy Orbison1:59
4."I Got a Feeling"Baker KnightRicky Nelson1:48
5."Jet Black" (The Drifters)Jet HarrisThe Drifters2:13
6."Baby I Don't Care"Leiber and StollerElvis Presley2:08
7."Donna"Ritchie ValensRitchie Valens3:06
8."Move It"Ian SamwellCliff Richard2:09
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Original artistLength
1."Ready Teddy"John Marascalco, Robert BlackwellLittle Richard1:47
2."Too Much"Lee Rosenberg, Bernard WeinmanElvis Presley2:16
3."Don't Bug Me Baby"Leon Luallen, Johnny BraggMilton Allen2:16
4."Driftin'" (The Drifters)Hank MarvinThe Drifters2:46
5."That'll Be the Day"Buddy Holly, Jerry AllisonBuddy Holly2:09
6."Be-Bop-A-Lula" (The Drifters)Gene VincentGene Vincent2:13
7."Danny"Ben Weisman, Fred WiseElvis Presley2:54
8."Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On"Dave "Curly" WilliamsBig Maybelle, Jerry Lee Lewis2:59

Unreleased tracks[edit]

Some tracks were scheduled or recorded for the album but not included. A version of Elvis Presley's "One Night" recorded in the same session was later released on The Rock 'N' Roll Years 1958-1963 (1997). Two other tracks were recorded but not released - Conway Twitty's "It's Only Make Believe" and The Weavers' "Kisses Sweeter than Wine" (which had been a hit in the UK in 1958 for Frankie Vaughan).[7][2]


Cliff Richard and the Drifters
Additional musicians


  1. ^ Cliff Richard (1959). Cliff (LP record). Great Britain: Columbia (EMI).
  2. ^ a b Lewry, Peter; Goodall, Nigel (1991). Cliff Richard The Complete Recording Sessions 1958-1990. London: Blandford. pp. 18–20. ISBN 0-7137-2242-8.
  3. ^ a b "Cliff Richard Song Database - 1950s Songs". Robert Porter. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  4. ^ "Milton Allen".
  5. ^ "Cliff Richard UK Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  6. ^ "Dance with Cliff Richard (French version)". Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  7. ^ The Rock 'n' Roll Years 1958-1963 (box set) (booklet). Cliff Richard. EMI Records. 1997. 857881 2/4.CS1 maint: others (link)