Honorary Members

Alan Tarney

(Alan Tarney & Carol Sangwell - Oct 2018)

Alan Tarney is an English songwriter (that we particularly associate with Cliff!), record producer (also producer of our song gift 'Diamond') and bass guitarist. He was born in Northside, Workington, Cumberland, England, but spent his teenage years in Adelaide, Australia, where he met his song writing and musical partner Trevor Spencer.

After a career as a musician,  Alan began the biggest period of his career when he wrote and arranged the Cliff Richard No. 1, "We Don't Talk Anymore" in 1979. This led to him becoming Cliff's record producer of his next two albums, I'm No Hero (1980) and Wired for Sound (1981). At this time he also wrote and produced Barbara Dickson and Leo Sayer – his distinctive sound being heard on the hit singles "January February" and "More Than I Can Say".

Alan went on to bigger success in the mid-1980s when he teamed up with Norwegian pop band A-ha. Producing the second version (after Tony Mansfield) of their first single "Take on Me" (1984), the song went on to become a worldwide hit. He worked on the bands biggest selling first three albums, He renewed his working relationship with the band in the production of their album release Cast in Steel (2015).

He produced David Cassidy's comeback 1985 album Romance, which included the top ten hit "The Last Kiss" co-written by Raymond Hoskins and David Cassidy. The song had previously been written for Cliff Richard for his 1981 album Wired for Sound. Cliff’s version however, contained different lyrics and was titled Young Love.

He returned again to write and produce for the Cliff Richard albums Always Guaranteed (1987) and Stronger (1989).

Alan was approached to help me with the gift of a song for Cliff and helped to produce ‘Diamond’.  As a result of his generous assistance, I asked him to become an honorary member of this club, to which he said yes and we are delighted to welcome him onboard!

Helen Hobson

(Helen Hobson & Carol Sangwell Oct 2018)

The Cliff Richard Fan Club of London and Surrey wishes to welcome honorary member, Helen 'Cathy' Hobson, singer on our song gift 'Diamond'!  Any Cliff fan will remember Helen from Heathcliff, where she played along side Cliff as Cathy Earnshaw for many shows. She's not stopped working, perhaps only long enough to get married and have a family and I am delighted to introduce her as a new member of this club and share with you, her latest project

Helen says:

'It seems a long time since the wonderful Heathcliff times, a show I will never forget and hold very close to my heart.

Since then I have stayed in Musical Theatre and have done the odd TV and play. I am currently playing the role of Mother Abbess in The Sound Of Music at Regents Park Open Air Theatre. We have just extended for a week due to the amazing ticket sales !!

Alongside my own career I am now in a group called Access All Arias. We have a web site www.accessallarias.co.uk and we have a series of concerts coming up the first of which is on september the 8th at the Buxton Opera House, in Derbyshire.'

Helen is an experienced actress and a qualified speech and drama teacher. She works regularly at London's Drama schools and in private studios. She also works with people in business coaching them with presentation skills.

Helen is also a vocal and audition coach and uns her own health and nutrition business www.lifeofherbs.com

West end leading ladies Helen Hobson and Sarah Ryan have teamed up with the versatile Sarah Eyden, an ex member of the world renowned Swingle Singers to create: "ACCESS ALL ARIAS"

Access All Arias sing their own arrangements of popular ‘Arias’ from Pucinni to Harold Arlen. They break the boundaries within the ‘classical crossover’ world and have established their own sound, performing the great songs that everyone can relate to. As individuals they boast impressive careers in the worlds of musical theatre, the classical concert stage and swingle influenced Jazz. This is high class entertainment with plenty of personality, exquisitely sung.

This is a vocal treat for any music lover as they take the audience on a musical journey to ..........Access All Arias!

Paul Whitfield

Paul Whitfield is the writer of our song gift for Cliff, 'Diamond' and I am delighted to welcome him as a honorary member of this club!  Paul hails from South Yorkshire in the north of England. He has been interested and fascinated by music for as long as he can remember. Throughout his teens he played keyboards in various local bands.

He first tried his hand at both singing and songwriting at the age of 18. He played on the northern club scene for 22 years before deciding to call it a day in 2010. He has many fond memories of those days (plus plenty he’d rather forget!) and he managed to collect quite a few awards along the way too. He's currently writing songs with a view to gaining interest from music publishers and artists.  Do go and check out his site: http://paulwhitfieldmusic.com/ and have a good look around, perhaps staying a while to listen to some of his media files!

Welcome to the club, Paul!

Steve Carroll

KEEPING ROCK & ROLL ALIVE

My right hand man in the 'Diamond' song project 9without whom I'm sure I would have failed!), Steve Carroll has been an entertainer most of his life but is now in semi-retirement. For him singing is a passion.

Although a major fan of the Cliff Richard and the Shadows era his shows also feature material from other icons of the 50s/60s. The shows are a “One man” format working to quality backing tracks. During the show he will  take you on a walk down memory lane relating some interesting facts about the songs and the stories behind what might have been happening at that time.

Steve is not a “tribute” singer, impressionist, impersonator or look-a -like and believes his shows are all about the ” music ”. His audiences have found his performances to be warm and friendly sharing some iconic and very special music. The main aim is for people to enjoy the experience.

Rock and Roll in Britain started with the likes of Cliff Richard, The Shadows, Marty Wilde, Billy Fury, Adam Faith etc. This was continued by groups like The Beatles, The Searchers and Gerry and The Pacemakers.

In addition material from the likes of Elvis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and Little Richard fuelled the Rock & Roll era. Steve wants to keep it alive featuring songs from all these legends in the various shows. 

Steve still gets a thrill from performing this timeless material and is only happy if his audience’s go away having enjoyed their time sharing his passion.

Package shows include:

Shadowing Cliff, Rock & Roll Remembered, Jukebox Icons. Rock & Roll Meets Country

Each show is either a one hour or 2 x 45 minute format.  Bespoke evening can also be arranged by clients selecting the show content from Steve’s catalogue

For a quotation or further information contact: steve-carroll1@hotmail.com

Welcome Steve!

Nigel Goodall

Author Nigel Goodall, Cliff catalogue expert and re-issue co-producer, and good friend of mine is a very welcome honorary member of this club, Detailed below are just some of his books, including his latest – Fearne Cotton: The Biography and a brief history of his work in publishing, music and television.

Nigel Goodall has been a highly respected music and film journalist for almost 20 years with over 25 books on the movie and pop world to his credit. He has written about some of the biggest names in showbusiness including Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Ray Winstone, Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder, which combined, have sold over a million copies and won him a literary prize nomination. Formerly a graphic designer with over 300 record sleeves to his name, a brief spell as a pop manager, voice-over artist and disc jockey, and the co-producer of the syndicated 1978 Elvis Gospel radio special, he has also contributed to various album, video and television projects for over a decade, including most recently, the A&E Biography of Demi Moore. He lives in Sussex, England, from where he travels occasionally to New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles for research and author interviews. His current books on release are the biographies of Ray Winstone and Fearne Cotton. His next book out in September is David Tennant: A Life and Time in Space…  For those who don't know, Nigel is also the co-author of several acclaimed books on Cliff (Recording Sessions, Complete Chronicle & Ultimate) and (with Peter Lewry) has also been instrumental in the revival of Cliff's back catalogue of recordings for over a decade, with some notable merits, such as the lost Live at Kingston album, the Summer Holiday 40th Anniversary special edition, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Years, and the forthcoming They Said It Wouldn’t Last (My 50 Years in Music) box set. For further information (including interviews about the Cliff at the Movies and Soundtrack Remaster CDs) visit Nigel's website at www.nigelgoodall.co.uk.

Nigel's welcome message to the club members:

"I wasn’t old enough to remember Cliff Richard at the start, when he was the new singing sensation of the late ‘50’s. In fact it wasn’t until 1962, at the age of twelve, when my sister got a record player. An “Elizabethan” turntable in an elegant blue and white cabinet. To start with I was primarily exposed to Elvis Presley, and again thanks to my sister, the first Elvis movie I queued to see at the Essoldo in Tunbridge Wells was Kid Galahad. In that same year, I also got to see The Young Ones. At that time, to most teenagers, music was very much about making choices. You were with either for Cliff or Elvis. I chose Elvis. But of course, all that changed a few years later, when the Beatles and the Rolling Stones replaced both Elvis and Cliff as the new icons of popular music. But not for me, even though at the time, I relented, joined the masses, and like most of my friends, bought Stones and Beatles albums, I was also continuing to collect the then latest Presley records – while my sister continued with her Cliff Richard collection… I too began to buy the odd Cliff disc, album and catch his latest movie at the flicks. Wonderful Life, Finders Keepers, even Thunderbirds Are Go! But never in my wildest dreams, back then, and I had a few, did I think that one day I would have the opportunity to meet Cliff, to write about his recording sessions or be given access to Abbey Road Studios, to witness for myself, in real life, the studios were such classics as Move It and Living Doll had been recorded. Even wilder, was the idea of watching Cliff working in the studio. Neither would I have thought as I sat in the stalls of the Essoldo watching Summer Holiday in the winter of 63, that one day, I would compile and search out long forgotten out-takes to put on an album, a box set, write sleeve notes, and write a further two books on the boy that Jack Good correctly noted was gonna rock the world.

Equally exciting for me, was to be asked by Carol to become an honorary member of your fan club. Again, some years ago, more than I care to remember, that would have been unthinkable too. I feel very flattered and honoured to accept such a delightful invitation. I hope over the coming months, and years, I may have the opportunity to meet with some of you, if I haven’t already, and to keep you up to date, whenever I can, with the Cliff projects that I hope to continue to work on with my colleague and friend Peter Lewry. There’s still plenty to do!  Best Wishes, Nigel."    (September 2001)

Tony Jasper

Tony Jasper has interviewed Cliff for radio and newspaper over many years. He was one time Charts Editor of Record Mirror and has compiled numerous factual and statistical books on the music scene. He has written many books which include volumes on religion and human relationships. He lives in London. His latest message to the London and Surrey fan club, received December 2000, was as follows:

"Dear Carol, The issue of Cliff-Guaranteed just received is really, really very good! Congratulations! Keep up the hard work. Thanks for the mags!"

Cathy Hogg

Cathy Hogg, once a regular member, has always religiously sent me newspaper clippings and magazine articles to use in our club magazines.  She also has written articles and poems which I have printed in the past. The expense and trouble she has gone to since I've taken over the club warrants her honorary membership for pure dedication to us and Cliff Richard, her hero!

Sue Andrews

Where-ever Cliff is, you can be sure Sue will there too.  Sue is one of Cliff's official photographers and I regularly use the pictures that she takes.  She always offers them for sale at reasonable prices and also can provide gifts using the pictures too.  View some of her pictures here.

 

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