Sir Cliff Richard, OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb on 14 October 1940) in Lucknow, India is an English singer-songwriter, actor and entrepreneur.
With his backing group The Shadows, Richard dominated the British popular music scene in the late 1950s and early 1960s, before and during The Beatles' first year in the charts.
During six decades, Cliff Richard has charted many singles, and holds the record (with Elvis Presley) as the only act to make the UK singles charts in all of its decades (1950s–2000s). He is the only singer to have had a number one single in the UK in five consecutive decades between the 1950s and the 1990s. If he can chart a single at number one in 2009 he will continue this record to six decades. On the British charts, Richard has had more than 130 singles, albums and EPs make the top 20, more than any other artist. He has sold more than 260 million records.
Cliff and the Drifters hit #1 single for the first time in 1959 with 'Living Doll' selling almost two million copies and subsequently the Drifters became 'The Shadows' after legal complication with the U.S. Drifters.