Cliff Richard boasted John Lennon was wrong about first Beatles number one: ‘I was right!’

The 80-year-old’s feud with the Fab Four has been well-documented through the years. Sir Cliff didn’t charge his future “arch-rivals” after first listening to “some old cowl” they carried out however a number of years later U-turned on his damning verdict. In one account, Sir Cliff defined the half he performed in The Beatles’ first number one hit.

Prior to Beatlemania and their simple success throughout the pond, Sir Cliff admitted that he didn’t have a lot hope for the Liverpool band.

When requested whether or not he thought that might “be enormous”, he replied: “Their title simply appears like one thing you tread on!”

Despite his slicing comment, Sir Cliff inspired DJs to play their songs when requested about his favorite UK artist. 

However, when The Beatles “broke America” after their 1964 look on The Ed Sullivan Show, Sir Cliff was livid.

He admitted to being “jealous” of their success and was upset that he had by no means skilled that very same reception throughout the pond. 

In one rant, Sir Cliff fumed: “It’s ridiculous! Has everybody forgotten me? What’s happening?”

While Sir Cliff and The Beatles had been musical rivals, for a few years the rising band admired the Summer Holiday singer’s work. 

John Lennon famously mentioned there was “nothing value listening to in British music” earlier than Sir Cliff and The Shadows.

Sir Paul McCartney additionally revealed that The Beatles travelled in Hamburg, Germany, within the early Sixties, as a result of Sir Cliff had “every thing sewn up in Britain”.

Sir Cliff was flattered by their reward and quipped: “I knew we had been doing nicely, however I did not know we had been forcing our competitors to to migrate!”

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The singer first met The Beatles in 1963 on the home get together of his then-bandmate Bruce Welch.

There he claimed Lennon jokingly requested him to delay the discharge of his subsequent single to “give us an opportunity”.

During that assembly, Sir Cliff recalled The Beatles debuting their first number one hit earlier than it was launched.

The monitor, From Me To You, topped the UK charts in 1963 and bought multiple million copies a 12 months after it was launched.

It was adopted by 16 different UK number ones and led The Beatles to change into the best-selling musicians in UK Singles Chart historical past.

Below them within the report, which was printed in 2012, was Elvis Presley after which Sir Cliff Richard, who had bought greater than 21.5 million singles.

On the fateful night time that The Beatles performed From Me To You to Sir Cliff, he claimed they had been very dismissive of the monitor.

In his 2020 autobiography, Cliff Richard: The Dreamer, he prompt that they may have deserted the tune had it not been for him.

He recalled The Beatles making an look at a celebration he attended after they carried out at The Lewisham Odeon. 

Sir Cliff mentioned the band had been “pleasant and good” and “chatted away like mad” throughout their first assembly. 

After Lennon hinted that that they had a follow-up tune to Please Please Me, the singer probed additional. 

Sir Cliff requested: “Oh, what’s that going to be?”

Lennon replied: “We don’t know but however we’ve received one tune we fairly like.”

Moments later, they had been handed a guitar and requested to play it.

Sir Cliff recalled: “The Beatles glanced at one another and shrugged.

“Then John took the guitar, began strumming and he, Paul and George started singing in excellent concord.”

As the band sang the first line – “If there’s something that you really want…” – Sir Cliff was amazed.

He recalled: “Wow! The first few bars of From Me To You blew my head off! What a tune!

“But The Beatles appeared completely blase about it.”

Sir Cliff remembered Lennon telling him: “We’re not fairly certain about it.”

The singer replied: “Are you kidding me? That’s incredible! That’s your first number one proper there!”

Sir Cliff added: “And I was completely proper.”

For many, From Me To You was The Beatles’ first number one after it topped the chart within the UK.

While Please Please Me reached number one in “virtually each chart” it by no means topped the Record Retailer’s chart, which later grew to become the UK Singles Chart.

Please Please Me reached number two in that itemizing, which was thought of to be probably the most authoritative of its time.

Cliff Richard: The Dreamer was printed by Ebury Press in October and is out there here

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