Cliff Richard: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

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We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about Cliff Richard, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the singer and musician that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!

Number Eight: He Has a Routine to Help Him Stay Young. For his 60th birthday, Richard took approximately 80 of his closest friends on a cruise around the Mediterranean. Some sources have said that he is able to stay young by only eating once a day and doing 50 push-ups every day as well.

Number Seven: He Is an Actor as Well. Richard had a cameo in 1966’s film titled Thunderbirds Are Go. He reportedly got the gig because he was friends and neighbors with the creator of Thunderbirds, Gerry Anderson.

Number Six: He Made the Worst Number One of All Time. Richard’s “Millenium Prayer” hit number one on the charts in late 1999. However, five years later, it was named the worst number one single of all time.

Number Five: He Is the Third-Top-Selling Singles Artist in U.K. Chart History. Richard is behind only The Beatles and Elvis Presley in terms of the top-selling singles artist in the U.K. charts. He has sold over 21 million singles in the U.K.

Number Four: He Had Number One Singles in the U.K. for Five Consecutive Decades. Richard is the only singer ever to have number one singles in the U.K. for five consecutive decades. He had number one singles from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Number Three: He is a Citizen of Barbados. Though Richard has been a citizen of the United Kingdom for most of his life, in 2010, he officially became a citizen of Barbados.

Number Two: He Is an Eternal Bachelor. In 1961, Richard wrote a letter to his then-paramour Delia Wicks that said, “Being a pop singer I have to give up one priceless thing – the right to any lasting relationship with any special girl.” He has never been married.

Number One: He Is Very Charitable. Richard has donated to many different charities, and he has reportedly given away at least one-tenth of his income to charity. He has said that he gives back because he believes the love of money is the root of all evil, and he wants to set an example of a good and responsible steward.

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