Why did Sir Cliff Richard change his name? What was it before?

CLIFF RICHARD began his career more than 50 years ago - but what is his real name and why did he change it?

PUBLISHED: 08:47, Wed, Sep 16, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:47, Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Sir Cliff Richard has been delighting fans for years and years with his music. When he started out, he was just a young boy of 18, heading up a band. Back then he was a very different man to the one delighting audiences now – but what was his name?


Sir Cliff Richard did not always go by that name – and the name change did not just come with his knighthood.

In fact, Sir Cliff was born with a totally different name, and his early recordings saw him use it when he sang with the group The Drifters.

However, very early in his career he changed his name for a very specific reason.

Sir Cliff’s real name is Harry Rodger Webb. He was born on October 14, 1940 in Lucknow, a large city in northern India.

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A young Cliff Richard, or Harry WebbA young Cliff Richard, or Harry Webb (Image: Getty)

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His father worked for a company servicing the Indian Railways and the family lived in a small home in the downtown area of Hazratganj.

In 1948, after the Indian independence, he and his family sailed to Essex, before moving to Hertfordshire where he lived with his family

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