Feb 08 2008

Cliff Richard in 1964

I decided to record an oldie tonight by Cliff Richard, one of my dad’s favorite singers. He was England’s answer to America’s Elvis Presley in the 50s. Born to Anglo-Indian Parents in Lucknow, India in 1940, he is one of my favorite singers too. I dedicate this song to my dear Father .

Here is the link to the MP3.

Visions of you in shades of blue
Smoking, shifting, lazily drifting
My darling, I miss you so
Time goes by, no wonder my
Senses go reeling, your eyes so appealing
I see the whole night through

When will we meet again, when when when
When will we meet again, when when when

I remember the days, beautiful days,
Tenderly gleaming, my whole life seeming
To start, and end with you.

Comments So Far..
  • T A RAMESH 9 February, 2008 at 2:07 am

    Yes, nostalgia lingers on and on until you meet your beloved soon! When, when and when will vision become alive…? Nobody knows now…!

  • anupam dhar 9 February, 2008 at 8:57 am

    ” Kya Baat Hai”, flawless rendition of a immortal melody by a immortal singer.
    This song or for that matter Cliff Richard’s voice always sends nostalgic shivers down my pine.
    And you have done justice to the great voice.
    I am glad you are stretching out to this era of musical glory that was.

  • anupam dhar 9 February, 2008 at 8:59 am

    In continuation….. my spine got printed as “pine”. Let’s hope it remains as strong as pine.

  • Gautam 9 February, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Thanks TA. Pita ji, glad you liked the song! I found Cliff’s voice very much suited to my style of singing, so it wasn’t a painful effort ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nik 9 February, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    BeAuTiFuL !

  • Gautam 9 February, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    thanks wolf boy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • riteshmallik 16 February, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    cant recall when i heard such soulfull rendition of english song.Im touched and i pray 4 ur gr88 career in music..I had heard ur maine pucha chand was gud but not newhr close 2 dis song..WOW..I cant belv dat u sang it so well..

  • Gautam 16 February, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks for listening Ritesh ๐Ÿ™‚

  • T A RAMESH 20 February, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Cliff Richard’s songs are nice to hear in the 60s. His Summer Holiday is wonderful to remember even today. Have you listened it? Please try if you can, it will be very nice!

  • Gautam 20 February, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Yea I have most of his songs from the era. Summer holiday is one of my dad’s favorite songs too.

  • Basil 10 August, 2008 at 9:24 am

    True that Cliff Richards is an Anglo – Indian who was born in Lucknow. In Lucknow he belonged to the area which is very close to Hazrathgung, the place was called the Maqbara Ahata. Once he became famous after going to England, he just denied beeing a Anglo – Indian and stated that India was not his Birth Place.
    This Anglo – Indian who people make such a lot of fuss about should not have his name in the books of the Anglo – Indian Community.

  • Gautam 10 August, 2008 at 10:53 am

    I have never heard that so can’t comment. Nevertheless whatever the case is, he’s a great musician ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Peter 28 October, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Yes, it’s true about Cliff Richard avoiding his Anglo-Indian roots.
    He has stated that his parents were English people who were stationed in India during the 1930s-40s..he disclaims any Indian blood ties at all.
    I actually met Cliff’s mum on several occasions in London during the early 1980s and she was truly Anglo-Indian..very Burmese looking.
    So much for his form of Christianity which abhors LIES.
    But even Engelbert Humperdinck says he’s of ‘Latino’ blood and claims that his hair colour is infact BLONDE!
    Can’t understand why they are so ashamed of being Anglo-Indian.

  • Peter 28 October, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Want to know about a REAL great Anglo-Indian musician?
    Listen to the late Amancio D’Silva’s CD “Integration”.
    Superb jazz guitarist with an Indian flair to his playing –He was quite famous in the UK …plus he never disputed his roots!
    –John Mayer (no, not the USA pop star) was another musician from the 1960’s who became famous for his “Indo-Jazz Fusion”.
    Mayer was a percussionist.
    Ike Isaacs was another Anglo-Indian guitarist who became a legend in Australia, UK and USA.
    These artists were far more talented than both Cliff & Engelbert and always kept ties with their roots.

  • Gautam 28 October, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing the info Peter. Personally, I don’t really care much for it. It’s just the music that matters ๐Ÿ™‚

  • T A RAMESH 31 October, 2008 at 1:34 am

    I too have been interested in music but not the personalities, because these pop singers belong to the whole world and not confined to any particular countries. Cliff Richard and Engelbert Humperdinck are well established pop singers of the whole world and are still appreciated by their fans and others everywhere.

  • Kevin Kelly 16 January, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    I enjoyed your version of this beautiful song – well done! I liked this song when it first came out and have always remembered it.

  • Gautam 16 January, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Thanks Kevin. Glad you liked it. It’s a beautiful song.

  • akaul 13 April, 2009 at 11:54 am

    deepen your roots and broaden your vision….in any area !!!
    best wishes!!!!

  • Peter 3 May, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Yes, it should be about broadmindedness as “akaul” says.
    I agree, the music is the main thing since it should be a force to UNITE rather than divide..i’ve been an anglo-indian musician myself since 1967,first in the UK and now in Canada.
    But i never would HIDE my identity or racial roots in order to gain progress.
    If people don’t like the way i look , well, TOO BAD!
    Back in the 1940s,’50s & ’60s it was a shameful thing for any entertainer to claim roots with India.
    Hollywood actress Merle Oberon was a/indian and passed her own dark skinned mother off as her ‘maidservant”.
    UK Singer Peter Sarstedt also had problems in this area.
    I could never fathom why anyone does this.
    But the main thing is..many, MANY thanks for the film clip and superb music.

  • Kevan Hyett 21 March, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Cliff used to board in with my Aunt Enfield, Middlesex, North London as he was just starting out on his musical career, and I as a kid saw him several times.

    If he is not Anglo-Indian with Indian blood he gives a good impression of it, with his dark hair and eyes!

    Great performer anyway!

  • lana 25 March, 2011 at 7:25 am

    What does it matter.I would have loved to have met him any way.he’s got some magnetism going on.very pleasant to look at.half your luck kevin!

  • John 11 September, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Why would he deny being Anglo-Indian if it were true? From biographies that I’ve read, his ancestry has been researched and there is no mention of Indian blood. One of his maternal ancesters was Portuguese which could account for the dark colouring. His grandmothers second husband was Anglo Indian. If he does have Anglo Indian ancestors, maybe he isn’t aware of them otherwise I’m sure that he would say. He doesn’t seem to be the type of person who would lie about it.

  • Peter 11 September, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Trust me on this one ..i have met Cliffs mother on two occasions.
    She WAS typically Anglo-Indian! If Cliff couldn’t tell this then , well, all i can say is he tried to cover it up.
    She lived in Finchley and was visiting a friend of mine back in 1986 in Forest Hill , SE London.
    I don’t see, personally, what the fuss is about in being A/I but MOST A/I s in the West keep their identity hidden or make excuses for it. Some say they are Maltese, Portugese etc..
    One of the latest instances of this was in actor Alistair McGowans family.
    Alistair didn’t even know his father had direct Indian blood until he’d died. Kept it secret.
    The whole story is on youtube in a an episode of “‘Who Do You Think You Are?”.
    Once again i will have to say this in answer to your question…MOST Anglo-Indians, once they’ve moved to the West, keep their racial identity hidden.

  • Peter 11 September, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Actually that whole episode of “‘Who do you think you are?”‘ featuring Alistair McGowan really explains what i am trying to say on here…It remains the PERFECT explanation of why A/Is cover their tracks with deception.
    Alistair remains shell shocked throughout it and has a very sad look, as if he’d been told he was related to Adolf Hitler or something.
    The embarrassment and shame of being connected to INDIA is evident.
    If he’d been told he had Afro-Carribean links he would’ve been happier.

  • Deepanshu Pandey 9 December, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    This is wat i keep on thnkng .. ๐Ÿ˜› when when will we meet again :p awsum song \m/

  • Gautam 9 December, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    @ Deepanshu..bhai guru logon se milo not mere mortals like me.

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