Cliff Richard & the Shadows

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1985 (The 1986 Induction Ceremony)

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Will Cliff Richard & the Shadows be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


34 comments so far (post your own)

I was wondering why the Fireballs were not on the list or at least Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs who had the number one hit of 1964 and who's lead guitarist has been credited with the start of the surf sound?

Posted by Buddy Springer on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 16:15pm

Despite the fact that Cliff Richard has had a number 1 hit in England in every decade from the 1950's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's, he only had one top 20 hit in the USA in the eraly 1970's with "Devil Woman". Considered a minor artist by those who do the voting. A better chance to get in than, say, the 1910 Fruitgum Company. Otherwise highly unlikely he'll get in.

Posted by qoz on Sunday, 11.18.07 @ 20:11pm


Posted by zzy on Thursday, 12.6.07 @ 10:03am

He was considered the elvis of the UK, had tons of hits there. should be in.

Posted by Brian on Monday, 03.3.08 @ 21:40pm

Cliff Richard is an outstanding artist who should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of fame. He has a career that spans 50 years. His 50 years of show biz have included top hits every year. No one else has done this , not even someone in the USA.
He is already listed in this Hall as being one of the 500 songs that shaped rock and roll.
I don't think the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should overlook his acheivements. He is the last of the real true Rock and Roll artists from the 50's up til now. He'll also bring alot of fans from around the world to Cleveland which will being in lots of money and will benefit the Hall as well as Cleveland... Sir Cliff Richard should be inducted. 50 years of show biz says alot for him!

Posted by Barb on Monday, 05.19.08 @ 14:14pm

must correct my mistake from my previous comment..Cliff Richard has had top ten hits in each decade (not each year).

Sir Cliff Richard should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After 50 years in show biz, he deserves the recognition!

Posted by Barb on Monday, 05.19.08 @ 14:40pm

Should be in, some people like him some don't
But he celebrate 50 anniversary this year, still touring, still recording, still present on the top lists.
How many artists (single, not band) you know that achieved that?
I don't know many.
At least for that he deserved it!

Posted by Vlada on Sunday, 09.28.08 @ 20:24pm

Way over do...

Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 09.28.08 @ 20:43pm

Anyone with half a brain and any knowledge at all of music is well aware that Sir Cliff's induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame should have happened years ago.

134 hit singles in the UK, which is more than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones put together, 68 top tens, 40 top 5's, sales of well over 21million singles in UK stores alone, not to mention albums, but in case of doubt, more than 260million total sales in 50 years. The equivalent of more than 22 years of back to back chart activity. Does there need to be any more evidence?

Sure, he hasn't had that many hits in America, mainly because EMI America refused to support him. America has missed out on British music's finest through no failing at all on his part.

Sir Cliff kicked off rock n roll in Britain and the rest of Europe, building on what the Americans started. Move It, Cliff's first single, released in August 1958, is widely accepted as the first authentic RnR record outside America, and it was recorded by a 17 year old from Hertfordshire!

Sir Cliff should be inducted now.

Posted by Tracy on Saturday, 10.4.08 @ 08:16am

Great post Tracy. Sums up what I've been thinking for years. Sir Cliff needs to be inducted. It is ridiculous that 37% of people voted "no" perhaps the same type of idiots that voted yes to Scarlett Johansson (yuck) or the Jonas Brothers ("goes off to puke")

Vote yes to Cliff Richard

Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 10.4.08 @ 10:05am

"Apache" 1960 {SMILE}
A Standard by many surf bands 1n the 60's
Great song country surf..? From golly old England no less, waves a way from the good old surfin usa .. wave before the Beatles ..

Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 08.25.09 @ 22:48pm

Ask any of the British guitar gods, from Jeff Beck and Peter Green to Mark Knopfler about their influences and you will hear the name Hank Marvin.

Posted by robbell on Tuesday, 12.22.09 @ 21:25pm

Agreed...Hank Marvin was a major influence on the big players of the British Invasion...

Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 12.22.09 @ 22:45pm

I would also guess that Marvin had some influence on surf guitar, too (listening to "Apache" gives me a sense of that). From my understanding, he was the first in the U.K. to own a Fender Stratocaster, which I find interesting...

Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 12.22.09 @ 22:54pm

Cliff Richard & the Shadows did it all years before the British Invasion took over. They popularized the 3 guitars & drums line-up, were in movies right from the start, they wrote much their own material, and brought Fender & VOX to the fore. They also make records that sound as great today as they did in the late 50s.

Seems like the folks at the Hall Of Fame need a few lessons in Rock'n'roll.

Posted by BillT on Monday, 01.11.10 @ 14:46pm

The Shadows were formed from members of several late 1950s UK skiffle groups: The Newcastle-based "Railroaders" (and also The Five Chesternuts on Columbia Records) who supplied Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch, both inspired by USA-pop music; and The Vipers Skiffle Group (on Parlophone records) who supplied Jet Harris and Tony Meehan from London, both inspired by UK jazz–skiffle music. The Shadows, although originally the live and recording backing band for Cliff Richard, were later marketed as an instrumental combo, following their explosive chart success with the Jerry Lordan composition "Apache". In the USA and Canada, they were briefly marketed as a 'surf' group with two special compilation albums on Atlantic records, The Shadows Know and Surfing with The Shadows, to compete with The Ventures and The Surfaris. Although both these albums failed to chart in America, the band had hits worldwide

Posted by mrxyzomg on Wednesday, 07.21.10 @ 20:31pm

I think they should of gotten In way before the Ventures They were the hopeful light of the British Invasion..

Heck they pull of a western type song all the way from Jolly old England, then the surf world jump on their sound.. That an Haley Miles to some small degree open the door the the British in the 60's

Posted by mryyz on Tuesday, 08.17.10 @ 22:58pm

It is time Cliff was inducted. He has been a major star in all the Commonwealth, Europe and South America. The Shadows were and are technically superior and an influence on the American guitar sound.

Posted by dave on Friday, 11.5.10 @ 12:57pm

RIP, Jet Harris

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 03.19.11 @ 00:22am

Long overdue. Cliff Richards and The Shadows despite not being overtly popular here in the US, were extremely influential on basically every popular UK group of the 60's. Cliff Richards in Europe was just as popular as Elvis was here in the US, and his backing band the Shadows... Hank Marvin is virtually considered the "Jimi Hendrix" of his era. The list compiled Robbell is but a scratch of the surface as to his influence and the development of the Electric guitar.

Posted by Chuck AzEee! on Sunday, 06.19.11 @ 07:23am

I truly thought that the the signigicant influence that Cliff and The Shadows had and continue to have on some of music's most legendary artists would have been enough to secure their place amongst the rock n roll greats. Nevermind their unbelievable recording and chart success, their is hardly a rock n roll artist (dead or alive) that disputes the fact that these guys were are a major force in music. Bugger whether or not they themselves were successful in America, just look at all the artists they inspired to greatness (many of which are in the hall of fame today!). If Cliff & The Shadows never get inducted, then it questions the credibilty of the hall and all that it stands for!

Posted by David on Monday, 01.16.12 @ 06:41am

Sir Cliff Richard has achieved so much in his career spanning more than 54 years. He and The Shadows were the inspiration for just about every other British band that followed: The Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Queen...the list is endless. They cut the first ever British rock n roll record and Sir Cliff is still going strong. He is the ultimate legend, an institution, someone to be proud of.

Get Cliff and The Shadows inducted, if this hall of fame is to ever be considered definitive they should be at the top of it.

Posted by Jonathan on Friday, 02.17.12 @ 13:41pm

the hall, being an american institute, will always side with the us acts unfortunately.

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 03.29.12 @ 12:06pm

I think they have plenty on both sides of the pond!
I sure would enjoy seeing these players In!!!
I am sure most all would agree they are great.

Posted by Happy on Thursday, 03.29.12 @ 12:34pm

As a group, they don't have a lot of of name recognition in the US. Cliff solo has a better shot.

Posted by Philip on Thursday, 03.29.12 @ 13:49pm

Shame on you!
You're inducted some bands that we never even heard about it and you don't induct Sir Cliff Richard and the Shadows?????

Posted by Inge on Monday, 04.16.12 @ 13:39pm

Cliff Richard and The Shadows are one of the biggest oversights in the RRHOF's history. Long before there was such a thing as a British Invasion, Cliff Richard was there to represent the British side of rock 'n' roll, along with Billy Fury, Tommy Steele, and Marty Wilde, to name some. Sure, they may have patterned their vocals and styles after some of the big American names of the 1950s, but the early Brit rockers showed that rockabilly and rhythm & blues styles could translate successfully across the Atlantic. The hard-driving, fast-paced sounds of rockabilly and rhythm & blues were just as exotic and taboo in the UK as they were in the US at that time. Remember that Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, and other American rockers toured the UK in the late 1950s, so it was inevitable that they would have an impact and influence on the music scene there.

Consider the fact that Cliff Richard is the only artist besides to have had top 40 singles in the UK charts in six consecutive decades (1950s - 2000s). Only Elvis Presley comes close to topping that record. Cliff was arguably the biggest rock 'n' roll star in the UK before the Beatles. In fact, John Lennon once observed that "Before Cliff (Richard) and The Shadows, there had been nothing worth listening to in British music." I don't know if that's true, but it's certainly a bold statement.

In terms of influence, Cliff Richard pretty much got the ball rolling for rock 'n' roll in the UK. Besides The Beatles, other UK musicians who have cited Richard as an influence/inspiration are Van Morrison, Freddie Mercury (even though he's not originally from the UK), Roy Wood, Elton John, Sting, Brian May, Dave Clark, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, Mick Jagger, Mike Rutherford (Mike + the Mechanics), and Bob Geldof. This site gives an exhaustive account of Cliff Richard's success and influence:

Posted by Zach on Monday, 05.28.12 @ 19:51pm

Influence: Cliff was a big influence on other UK rock acts. 30
Innovation: First real UK rock artist. 30
Commercial Sucess: Massive, he's sold 250 million records worldwide! 30
Commercial Sucess: Quite like Tom Jones, despite being influential and hugely sucessful, never got much critical acclaim. 10

100/1.1=90. Really, he's one of the most pressing exclusions.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 06.3.12 @ 12:08pm

As I understand it, the R&RHOF "exists to collect, preserve and interpret the impact rock has made on our world." The significant words are OUR WORLD. Cliff Richard and The Shadows may not be big in America, but there is a world ourside America, where Cliff and The Shadows have had a major impact. Is the US so conceited that they are not open to the world outside their country? Or do they think America IS the world?


Posted by Pamela Bolt on Sunday, 06.10.12 @ 20:06pm

The rock hall is obviously going to be Americentric but there are plenty of British Invasion groups in the hall as well as other foreign acts like Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, ABBA, the Bee Gees, AC/DC, etc. But the hall seems to ignore the Britsh acts that influenced the British Invasion such as skiffle acts like Lonnie Donegan or the early British rock n' rollers like Tommy Steele, Marty Wilde, and Cliff Richards and the Shadows. As far as lack of success in the U.S. Richards did manager to chart 9 Top 40 hits (in 4 decades) in the U.S. including 3 in Top Ten:
Living Doll #30 in 1959
It's All in the Game #25 in 1963
Devil Woman #6 in 1976
We Don't Talk Anymore #7 in 1979
Carrie #34 in 1980
Dreamin' #10 in 1980
Suddenly w/ Olvia Newton-John #20 in 1980
A Little in Love #17 in 1981
Daddy's Home #23 in 1981
That's more then alot of other acts that were not as influential. Plus Apache has been sampled ad nauseam in hip-hop.

Posted by yellowgoose on Wednesday, 11.7.12 @ 18:08pm

Never mind Cliff Richard & The Shadows' genuine Rock and Roll creed from 1958 to 1962 which has inspired a generation of British Invasion bands from Beatles to Zeppelin, and all the other accomplisments.
That fact is that nobody in the US really knows or have heard about these first European rock stars who basically were the only performers to produce pure rock and roll hits globally from 1959 to 1962 in other words, since Elvis went O Solo Mio with Hall Wallis and the other original rockers either went to jail, gospel, country or My-Name-Is-Bobby-Too pop ballader or sadly died in that time period.
So forget about it or start a legitimate Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame elsewhere.
Alex Lifeson from Rush got it right about this particular Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's incompetence and ignorance in his acceptance speech: "Bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla ,bla, bla, bla , bla,bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla,bla... which he repeated for 3 minutes which just about sums it up!

Posted by Arlene B. Queen on Wednesday, 05.8.13 @ 16:03pm

In 1963 the # 1 money making band in the world was Cliff Richard and the Shadows, Elvis was at #2 and The Shadows were at #3. Now, for the Shadows 2 out of 3 ain't bad. Cliff Richard just released his 100th album and Hank B. Marvin has a new CD out this year (2014), so these guys are still playing. They made movies and were on TV in Europe every week for years. Most of the great British guitarists name Marvin as a principal inspiration. Jeff Beck, Peter Green, Clapton, Knopfler and David Gilmour to name a few. Cliff and the Shadows celebrated 50 years in the business in 2008 with a great live show. Wake up America.

Posted by Robert Mason on Tuesday, 12.23.14 @ 01:48am

Unfortunately it takes a non-US artist so incredably much more to even be considered, let alone be induced, in this rather inbread society. Actually it just goes to show the American's extremely limited concept of The WORLD. Not having induced Sir Cliff and The Shadows just goes to show the appaling narrowmindness of this selfcentered group of barely competent people. Had in not been for Hank B. Marvin of The Shadows no European teen male would ever have touched a guitar and the "British Invasion" never would have taken place. Is this the Americans way of getting back at the music that changed the world outside of their control?

Posted by Peter Friberg on Wednesday, 07.15.15 @ 17:41pm

Devil Woman and We Don't Talk Anymore should be essentials.

Posted by Brian on Tuesday, 10.18.16 @ 23:50pm

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