This article is from the The Young Ones FAQ, by Andrew Wong BritCom@audiophile.com with numerous contributions by others.
He is such an institution in the UK, I find it difficult to believe no-one
in the US has heard of him, but anyway...
Cliff started out as being Britain's answer to Elvis Presley in the 1950s,
and at one stage he out-sold Elvis. Like Elvis, he starred in a few
British films that involved Cliff saving Youth culture from the big square
daddy-ios, films like THE YOUNG ONES, and SUMMER HOLIDAY - in which Cliff
chartered a London bus to take his chums to Greece for a holiday and a
quick snog... Cliff also sang the title tune to The Young Ones (film), the
same tune which is used as the opening credits for The Young Ones (TV)
He is still going strong today, selling out auditoriums mainly to
middle-aged women. Currently starring as Heathcliff in a musical based on
Wuthering Heights, he is also reknown for his Christian beliefs.
For a guy who's 50 years old, it's amazing he's managed to stay so long in
the business. And it cannot be denied he has a better voice than most
"pop" stars today. The quality of the songs he sings are rather
questionable to say the least...
Basically, he's not the sort of artiste a hip, happening politically aware
student like Rik would be into. It's your typical tacky pop star that
British students have a unique fascination for...