Cliff (album)

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Live album by Cliff Richard and The Drifters
Released April 1959
Recorded 9–10 February 1959
Studio Abbey Road
Genre Rock
Length 37:46
Label Columbia (EMI)
Producer Norrie Paramor
Cliff Richard and The Drifters chronology
Cliff Sings
Alternative cover
French release Dance with Cliff Richard

Cliff Richard's, debut album Cliff was released in April 1959 and reached No. 4 in the UK album chart. A rock album, it was recorded live at Abbey Road Studios in February 1959 with The Shadows, then known as The Drifters,[1] in front of an invited audience of 200 to 300 fans. It features live recordings of Cliff's own hit single "Move It" and both sides of the yet to be released Drifters' instrumental single "Jet Black"/"Driftin'" as well as a number of rock 'n' roll standards, particularly of Elvis Presley songs, others include, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Gene Vincent


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.[1]

The album was repackaged with the title Dance with Cliff Richard for release in France (Columbia 33 FPX 185).[2]

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. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Apron Strings" George David Weiss, Aaron Schroeder 2:40
2. "My Babe" Willie Dixon 2:21
3. "Down the Line" Roy Orbison 1:59
4. "I Got a Feeling" Baker Knight 1:48
5. "Jet Black" (The Drifters) Jet Harris 2:13
6. "Baby I Don't Care" Leiber and Stoller 2:08
7. "Donna" Ritchie Valens 3:06
8. "Move It" Ian Samwell 2:09
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ready Teddy" John Marascalco, Robert Blackwell 1:47
2. "Too Much" Lee Rosenberg, Bernard Weinman 2:16
3. "Don't Bug Me Baby" Leon Luallen, Johnny Bragg 2:16
4. "Driftin'" (The Drifters) Hank Marvin 2:46
5. "That'll Be the Day" Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison 2:09
6. "Be-Bop-A-Lula" (The Drifters) Gene Vincent 2:13
7. "Danny" Ben Weisman, Fred Wise 2:54
8. "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On" Dave "Curly" Williams 2:59

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).[3][4]


Cliff Richard and the Drifters
Additional musicians


  1. ^ a b "Cliff Richard Song Database - 1950s Songs". Robert Porter. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  2. ^ "Dance with Cliff Richard (French version)". Retrieved 15 April 2016. 
  3. ^ The Rock 'n' Roll Years 1958-1963 (box set) (booklet). Cliff Richard. EMI Records. 1997. 857881 2/4. 
  4. ^ Lewry, Peter; Goodall, Nigel (1991). Cliff Richard The Complete Recording Sessions 1958-1990. London: Blandford. pp. 18, 20. ISBN 0-7137-2242-8.