'Sir Cliff is a one off', say fans ahead of centenary album
MOST pensioners start thinking about winding down and taking it easy or hitting the golf course once they hit their seventies.
That’s not the case with perma-tanned housewives’ favourite Sir Cliff Richard - who is due to release his 100th album in November.
The landmark release is the veteran’s tribute to traditional rock and roll, and a nod to Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Buddy Holly.
Linda Jones, 47 from Abbeydale, has been a Cliff fan for 30 years and is expecting his latest album as a Christmas present.
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“Cliff is more like family to me,” she said.
“I was 10 the first time I saw him at the London Palladium, where I saw him outside getting into his car.
“When I see him perform it’s like seeing my mate up there on stage.
“I've seen him everywhere.Twice in Gloucester, at Birmingham NEC, Warwick Castle and at a tennis tournament. Probably 15 times overall.
“I’ve drank wine from his vineyard and I’d like to go to his house in Barbados.
“I'm probably one of the youngest fans he has, I’m not ashamed to say how big a fan I am.”
Fans of the corny crooner, who hit the heights in 1958 with Summer Holiday and Living Doll, are eagerly anticipating Sir Cliff’s latest effort.
And he is showing no signs of slowing up yet, with no retirement plans on the cards.
“I could do something every five years and no-one would stop me doing that, but I have too much fun,” said Sir Cliff.
“As long as I don’t have to go on stage with a zimmer frame, I’ll keep going.”
Brenda Kirby a long standing fan from Tuffley, said: “Like all of his true fans, I’ve got every other album and I will certainly be buying this one.
“I’m also looking forward to his planned European tour in 2014.
“As soon as the dates and venues are announced I’ll be chasing tickets. This country has never produced anyone like him and never will again.
“At 72 years old he can still sell-out large stadiums all over the world and put as much energy into the show as he ever has.
“It’s disappointing that more people don’t celebrate his achievement rather than treating him and his fans with derision.”