Morgen zal het zestig jaar geleden zijn dat Cliff Richard “Move it” heeft opgenomen. Blijkbaar werd het zonder fotohoesje uitgebracht, want die welke ik op het internet vind zijn duidelijk allemaal heruitgaven (de B-zijde is een andere grote hit van Cliff en als begeleiders staat er “The Shadows”, terwijl die in die tijd nog “The Drifters” heetten). Maar wat ik wel vaak terugvind, is bovenstaand “anoniem” hoesje van Columbia.

“Move It” is a song written by Ian Samwell and recorded by Cliff Richard and the Drifters, being Ian Samwell on rhythm guitar and Terry Smart on drums, and two session musicians: Ernie Shear on lead guitar and Frank Clarke on upright bass. Originally intended as the B-side to “Schoolboy Crush”, written by Aaron Schroeder and Sharon Gilbert, and already recorded in the US by Bobby Helms. Maar Radio Luxemburg koos voor deze kant and also TV-producer Jack Good insisted that Richard would have to sing that if he was to appear on Good’s TV show Oh Boy!. It was released as Richard’s debut single on 29 August 1958 and became his first hit record, reaching no.2 on the UK singles chart, starting Cliff Richard on a career which included British hits through six decades..
“Move it” is credited with being one of the first authentic rock’n’roll songs produced outside the United States. Described as “Presley-esque” and by Richard himself as “my one outstanding rock’n’roll classic”, “Move It” was written on the top deck of a Green Line bus by the Drifters guitarist Ian “Sammy” Samwell while making the trip to Cliff’s house for a band rehearsal. Samwell did not complete the second verse, so on the record Cliff sang the first verse twice. Samwell finally finished the second verse in 1995 and sent it to Hank Marvin who included “Move It” on his album Hank plays Cliff, with Cliff Richard having recorded a new vocal track which included the new verse. The new version was debuted live at a Royal Variety Performance in front of Queen Elizabeth II that year. Since then, Richard has continued to perform the song with the additional verse. [Wikipedia]

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