A rare tape recording of Cliff Richard & The Drifters onstage, late 1950s,
Lot 198
A rare tape recording of Cliff Richard & The Drifters onstage, late 1950s,
£800 - 1,200
US$ 1,300 - 2,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
A rare tape recording of Cliff Richard & The Drifters onstage,
late 1950s,
believed unpublished, comprising a Grundig 7 inch reel-to-reel tape in BASF box, overall running time approximately 28mins 25secs, songs performed comprising 'Baby I Don't Care', 'Ready Steady', 'My Babe', 'Down The Line', 'One Night With You', 'Move It', 'High Class Baby', 'Livin' Lovin' Doll' and 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On'

Footnotes

  • This was recorded by Joe Lee, Cliff's one-time tour manager, circa late 1958/early 1959, it is believed at the Manchester Free Trade Hall, although this is uncertain.
    The MC for the concert is a young up-and-coming comic from Liverpool, Jimmy Tarbuck. The tape begins with a series of jokes by Jimmy (approx. 6:30mins running time) before introducing the main event of the evening, Cliff and the Drifters. 'Tarbie' refers to a new single '...in February...' which indicates it's a late 1958 concert and mentions the concert is being taped by Joe Lee. Six of the tracks on the tape appear on Cliff's debut album, which was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in February 1959, in front of an audience of several hundred invited fans. For its age, the sound quality on the tape is very good and paints an excellent audio picture of the enthusiastic reaction Cliff's performances generated in these early days of his career.
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