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Cliff Richard/The Shadows

The Shadows’ core members are Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch and Brian Bennett; though there have been numerous changes in the lineup throughout its history. Cliff Richard and The Shadows had more than 30 hits together, appearing on albums, movie soundtracks, and single releases. The Shadows split in 1968, although this did not mean the end of their professional relationship with Cliff Richard. They reunited in 1978 for 20th Anniversary concerts, and later in 1984 took part in ‘Cliff and The Shadows’ concerts and album.

Cliff Richard is the third-top-selling singles artist in the United Kingdom’s history, with total sales of over 21 million units in the UK and has reportedly sold an estimated 250 million records worldwide. He has had more than 130 singles, albums and EPs make the UK Top 20, more than any other artist and holds the record (with Elvis Presley) as the only act to make the UK singles charts in all of its first six decades (1950s–2000s). Cliff Richard and The Shadows, lead guitarist Hank Marvin even wrote a tune called ‘Stars Fell On Stockton’ to commemorate their visit, it appeared on the ‘B-side’ of their number one hit ‘Wonderful Land’ which hit the top of the charts in 1962.

Cliff Richard & The Shadows played at the Globe on Christmas Eve 1959. The band composed their ‘Stars Fell on Stockton’ (B-side to ‘Wonderful Land’) whilst visiting the town and much of the music for the Cliff Richard movie ‘Summer Holiday’ whilst taking part in pantomime at the Globe.