Sir Cliff Richard said he could stop making music – but will never officially retire as he doesn’t like the idea of a ‘return’.
The 82-year-old singer was on BBC Radio 2 alongside Ken Bruce to exclusively stream his first Christmas single Heart of Christmas on Thursday.
When asked if he would stop making music, he said: “Stop is a good word. I may stop one day. I don’t want to retire. When you’re retired you feel you have to stay away and if you want to do something it’s called a comeback. And every time I hear of someone coming back, I think they’ve run out of money.
“Recording is so much fun, if I could record every day of my life I would. It’s always a challenge because every time you make an album, there’s something different about it.”
Sir Cliff said he was approached by a record company to create a new album Christmas With Cliff, which includes nine classic Christmas songs and three new songs.
“It’s a fun album and I hope people like it,” he said. Unusually, I used two manufacturers because I wanted a dynamic… and they delivered it to me. They are great producers – different musical styles but connected by Christmas.
“The accompaniments were done in LA and I featured in Miami. I found a studio that the Bee Gees used to use and I’m a huge Bee Gees fan so I said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it’.”
Sir Cliff has enjoyed UK chart success with carnival songs before, with Mistletoe And Wine taking the number one coveted Christmas spot in 1988, and Saviour’s Day taking the title. in 1990, according to the Official Charts Company.
In 1960, with the support of the band The Shadows, the song I Love You topped the Christmas celebration.
During the festival period, Sir Cliff will appear in the BBC Two TV one-hour special, which will see him speak to broadcaster Sara Cox at Abbey Road Studios and perform a mix of the Christmas classics, new songs and his most beloved hits – both solo and in collaboration with “special guests”.
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Recalling an anecdote about music studios, made famous by the cover of The Beatles’ Abbey Road album, Sir Cliff said: “In fact, when I met (Sir) Paul (McCartney) there once, they were celebrating. 50 years or something – I can’t remember what that was – but he said to me, ‘Cor, we hate you’, and I said, ‘What do you mean?’
“He said, ‘Every time we call studio two, you’ve got it. I said, ‘Oh, please, Paul, don’t give me that trash. We hate you because every time Bruce Welsh calls to book a studio for us, you’ve got it’.
“We hate each other for no reason at all. We are both loved. To be fair, they made it famous, the Abbey Road album made it really popular, which is great for them.”
Sir Cliff said he had planned a tour next year but it would include less than a dozen days.
He added: “It was not a long trip. Dense touring is a real strain, especially on the vocal cords. You wake up in the morning hoping your vocals will be okay for tonight, so it’s a stressful thing, so I’m only doing about eight concerts next year and it’s going to be fun. I love it and it’s great to be in public. It is a mutual love.
“You have to be a little bit decent when you’re 82.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/sir-cliff-richard-i-dont-want-to-retire-because-i-dont-want-a-comeback-42170196.html Sir Cliff Richard: I don’t want to retire because I don’t want a ‘return’