‘..Anyway my brother did work experience back in late 70's at a local radio station when Sir Jimbo came a'calling with his two full time marine bodyguards. Said he was the most unpleasant human being he had ever met up until that time.’
dogsled, 28.09.2012 / order-order.com
“I always feel terrible when people are judged on their sexual behaviour in the 70s from the perspective of today’s knowledge, because, in fact, while we were going through the 70s, it was assumed that there would be no consequences for whatever your sexual actions may have been…”
Paul Gambaccini / BBC TV Freddie Mercury documentary
“I really like David Bowie. That album, ‘Ziggy Stardust’, I thought was great, but I can’t believe it didn’t have a bad effect on the kids. I mean, he was purveying homosexuality, that’s what it was all about. That sort of image and power is very dangerous.”
The second programme in the second ITV series of ‘The Kenny Everett Video Show’, featuring Cliff Richard, is broadcast.
Cliff Richard lunches at New Scotland Yard.
Cliff is on another edition of ‘The Kenny Everett Video Show’ (?).
CR participates in a youth festival at St. Alban’s Cathedral.
‘God’ll Fix It’ by Jimmy Savile, a Mowbrays popular Christian paperback, is published:
‘Jimmy Savile is an enigma. His job forces him to clown, bamboozle, and pull the wool over our eyes. In this book he comes clean. He talks frankly about his relationship with God and his commitment as a Christian, showing what this demands of him in his day to day life, as a disc jockey, TV personality and, most dear to his heart, hospital visitor. His joy in being involved with other people, many of whom are seriously ill, shines through the book.
A strong faith (and sense of humour) makes him trust that, come what may, God’ll Fix It.’
Cliff sings two songs on Dutch TV’s ‘Auro Gala Special’, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Dutch Youth Hostel Organisation.
Ten famous celebrities pose for a photograph with Cliff to celebrate his 21 years in show business. The group includes:
Christopher Timothy, Joan Collins, Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch, Brian Bennett, Elaine Page, Patti Boulaye, Kenny Everett and Lionel Blair.
At the Dorchester Hotel, Cliff Richard is the guest of honour at a Variety Club lunch to celebrate his 21 years in show business. Also in attendance.. The Duke of Kent, Kenny Everett, The Shadows etc.
Prior to this event, Cliff was scheduled to: ‘..present two sunshine coaches, one to Astley Park School, Lancs, and the other to Selworthy School, Taunton…’
(The Stage, 05.07.1979)
BBC1 Top Of The Pops (7:20 - 8:00 pm), presented by Jimmy Savile includes Cliff Richard ‘We Don't Talk Anymore’.
On another Top of The Pops edition presented by Jimmy Savile, Cliff performs ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’, again.
This single becomes the most successful Cliff Richard single of all time, selling millions.
Attends a Filey Christian Holiday Crusade meeting.
‘Kenny Everett claims - for the umpteenth time - that his ITV show leapt in popularity after I “went berserk and started shouting in public about how dreadful it was” (Mirror, Sept.20).
The facts are that we objected to the Hot Gossip dancers doing a sequence in Everett’s show in which one of the girls was dressed as a child prostitute.
We wrote a private letter to ITV expressing our concern and let the matter rest there.
But not Kenny Everett. Obviously feeling his programme was not going to make it on its merits he decided to cash in on the private correspondence.- Mary Whitehouse, Gen. Sec., National Viewers’ and Listeners’ Association, Ardleigh, Essex.’
Concert in aid of International Year of the Child, Camberley, Surrey.
Cliff leads a large crowd (torchlight procession) from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace, then performs carols on stage, facing the Palace, to mark the end of the Year of the Child.
After performing that role, he is ‘received’ in the palace.
Cliff sings at a ‘special concert’ in aid of the International Year of the Child.
December 20th (?)
Coleen Nolan is at Top Of The Pops during the live broadcast, as her elder sisters are performing on the show:
‘..I stood next to Jimmy Savile and I was 14 and he was all over me.. You know, it was a bit like.. Uh, I don’t think I like it. But, it’s funny cos then you know it’s family cos I could see my sisters glaring like “you touch her and we’ll kill you”, and they would’ve y’know and that’s where family come into it….’
(Unknown TV documentary circa-2008)
Cliff appears in a programme titled ‘The Will Kenny Everett Make It to 1980? Show’:
‘…The most outrageous costume he wears is his back-to-front outfit as Mr. Angry of Mayfair, which is really a cheeky parody of Mary Whitehouse.
As Mr. Angry, Everett wears a pin-stripe suit with the back cut away to reveal that he is wearing women’s underwear, black bra, suspender belt, and fishnet stockings…
When it comes to capturing the top rock stars for his shows, Everett never has any trouble. Cliff Richard and David Bowie both asked to be invited back after their first appearances earlier in the year.
“They don’t seem to care what I do to them when I get them on the programme,” says Everett….’
(Daily Mirror, 29.12.1979)
Unknown date in 1980 (stated as Jan. 1st)
Tyne Tees Television ‘Check It Out’ film about Phab, includes footage of Jimmy Savile at Phab club, Harrogate.
February 4th - 10th
The Duchess of Kent is photographed conversing with Cliff Richard after a musical tribute to Norrie Paramour, held at Fairfield Hall, Croydon. Cliff topped the bill at the event, which raised £7,000 for the Stars Organisation for Spastics.
(The Stage, 14.02.1980)
Cliff takes part in an evangelical meeting in Cambridge with Dr. Billy Graham. The same evening he speaks at Great St. Mary's, the University Church.
“Sex outside marriage is wrong…” (CR, Daily Star)
February 25th & March 3rd
Cliff appears in two more editions of the ITV series ‘The Kenny Everett Video Show’.
An auction to have lunch with Cliff Richard forms part of Capital Radio’s regular ‘Help A London Child’ broadcasts, this year.
Cliff Richard speaks on Radio 1 Mike Read Breakfast Show before going to Buckingham Palace to collect his O.B.E. from The Queen.
“..I have always been a very firm Royalist and have followed the Royal Family since I was a kid…’ (CR, speaking at The Palace)
?July 25th or September?
Cliff Richard and Radio Luxemburg disc jockey, Tony Prince are photographed together, in front of some railings making weird limb movements: this is supposed to promote a keep-fit device called Star Disco Trimmer.
BBC1 Top Of The Pops (7:20 - 7:55 pm), hosted by Dave Lee Travis and Kevin Keegan has Cliff Richard performing ‘Dreamin’.
October 2nd - 3rd
‘Britain’s first telethon - a marathon TV show in aid of charity - will go out in the London area next month…
The show will be presented at the Wembley Conference Centre by Jimmy Young, Rolf Harris and Joan Shenton. Stars who have agreed to appear include Cliff Richard, Frankie Vaughan, Frankie Howerd and Twiggy.
The funds raised by the telethon will be allocated by the Thames Help Trust, chaired by Baroness Pike.’
(The Observer, 07.09.1980)
‘..By the end, the people of the South-east region had pledged a total of £1,108,467 to.. a charity set up for the occasion to receive the money, then dispense it to projects designed to help children, from perinatal care and the handicapped to latchkey schemes and self-help projects….’
(The Guardian, 28.10.1980)
Cliff guests once more on ‘Swap Shop’, BBCTV, with Noel Edmonds.
Sponsored walk from London to Liverpool is undertaken by Lewis Collins and John Conteh, in aid of Phab.
Top London stores ‘Selfridges’ invites Cliff and other celebrities to design their own shop window. Cliff’s window is on the traditional religious theme ‘Christmas Through The Eyes Of A Child’.