"I made it through the wilderness," Madonna sang in her hit "Like a Virgin". Well, Cliff has often been referred to as a born-again virgin, and in the mid-seventies, he really was in the wilderness. He started out as a rock´n´roller, deeply influenced by Elvis Presley. But in 1959, barely a year into his career, he started releasing MOR hits. The rock´n´roll tracks were still to be found on his albums, but the single releases grew more and more dependent on ballads and pop tracks. He kept on scoring hits, though, and he even weathered the onslaught of Beatlemania pretty well, and the hits kept a-coming. After scoring a big hit with the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest entry "Congratulations", things were looking peachy. Things changed, however, as they often do. The singles became safer and less interesting, and, to quote a certain @Bobby Morrow, the song chosen for singles sounded as he was desperately looking for another hit in the Eurovision genre. (He eventually found one, but that´s another story.) Personally, I like these songs, even love them, but I grew up listening to them. In 1975, it seemed his career might be at an end. The hits didn´dry up completely, but they were now to be found in the lower echelons of the charts, and a couple of releases even missed the charts completely. It seemes that Cliff was destined for the scrapheap of pop, and it was clear that a new game plan was needed. Enter Bruce Welch, and, to a lesser degree, the rest of the musicians in and around The Shadows. We start our journey with two non-charting singles that nevertheless heralded a new era of Cliff´s career, and his first real comeback was just around the corner. I´ll be back with those two singles later today. Cliff is a much-maligned artist, and many found him almost laughable. I shall try to point out that he has some pleasant, if rather simple hits that kept him in the charts, but he also had other kinds of material. I don´t consider him a serious artist, in the sense that Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell are, but he can sing a song with warmth and plenty of enthusiasm, and when he gets the right song and the right producer, he can do wonders with the material. I hope to present a side of Cliff that is not known by all, as well as the hit singles that made his name.