Cliff Richard admits he’s ‘glad’ he never broke America: ‘It used to bother me’

Cliff Richard discusses why he chose to never get married

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Cliff Richard, 80, rose to fame in 1958 and was often referred to as the British Elvis Presley. But looking back at his successful career, the Move It singer admitted he was glad he never broke America.

I can walk around there in peace and quiet

Cliff Richard

In a recent interview, he revealed that fact used to be a big issue for him when he was younger.

“I never broke America. When I was young I that used to bother me, but now I’m glad that I never did,” he said.

“I can walk around there in peace and quiet.”

He revealed fellow singer-songwriter Elton John, gave him a helping hand by releasing one of his best-known singles on his label.

“My US label weren’t bothered about releasing I’m Nearly Famous, so Elton put it out in the US on is Rocket label,” he continued.

“Devil Woman, the single taken from it, went top 10 there.”

Cliff also touched on his early shows, when he was joined by backing band The Shadows from 1958 to 1968 on numerous reunion tours, including his most recent in 2020.

Noting back then there was a fair bit of “violence” at their gigs, he revealed it was all down to his persona and appearance.

“We got popular very quickly and suddenly my picture was on the front of magazines, journalists were calling me the English Elvis and girls were calling out my name and yelling that they loved me at our gigs,” he smiled.

While that all sounds like a young pop star’s dream, he added the affection shown to him by these women didn’t go down well with their boyfriends.

“They may have loved me,” he recalled referring to the ladies at his shows, “but their Teddy Boy boyfriends didn’t.”

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A Teddy Boy was a post-war British subculture of young men wearing clothes partly inspired by the styles worn by dandies in the Edwardian period, which Savile Row tailors had attempted to re-introduce in Britain after the Second World War.

Cliff continued to tell OK! Magazine: “They got jealous and tried to beat me up. It was pathetic.

“I waned to say to the Teddy Boys, ‘If your girlfriends are so keen on me, you must be doing something badly wrong.'”

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