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Clifford T. Ward

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Clifford Thomas Ward - Born 10 February 1944, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire — 18 December 2001

Clifford T. Ward typified the early 70s bedsitter singer-songwriter with a series of albums that were at best delightful and at worst mawkish. Ward left grammar school before A-levels to work as a clerk, but by 1962 was fronting local beat group Cliff Ward and the Cruisers. The group changed their name to Martin Raynor and the Secrets and made their recording debut for EMI Records in 1965, before recording several more tracks as the Secrets for CBS Records.

In 1967 Ward enrolled at Worcester teacher training college to study English and divinity, after which he taught at Bromsgrove high school. His debut album appeared on disc jockey John Peel’s brave-but-doomed Dandelion Records label in 1972. His second album and his first release for Charisma Records, Home Thoughts, proved to be his finest work and gave him wider recognition. Ward constructed each song as a complete story sometimes with great success.

The beautiful “Gaye” became a UK Top 10 hit but surprisingly the stronger “Home Thoughts From Abroad” and the infectious and lyrically excellent “Wherewithal” failed to chart. Mantle Pieces and Escalator contained a similar recipe of more harmless tales like the minor hit “Scullery” with affecting lyrics like; “You’re my picture by Picasso, you’d brighten up any gallery’.

Ward’s refusal to tour and promote his songs did not help endear the singer to his record company, however, and he switched to the Phonogram Records label for 1975”s No More Rock ‘N’ Roll.

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  • GaryExo

    I echo the sentiments expressed here. I adore most of Clifford's work. It's such a shame that his wonderful music is known by relatively few. Those who do know it tend to love it. He truly was a craftsman and had an uncanny ability to produce beautiful, poignant melodies. RIP, Clifford. I'll admire you forever.

    28 Sep 2012 Reply
  • SmokinWickerman

    If my mom hears me listening to him she'll try to be my best friend... plz dont tell her.

    7 Feb 2012 Reply
  • antonyharding

    Admirers of Clifford T Ward http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/groups/4866808341/

    27 Sep 2011 Reply
  • goldione

    <3

    4 Sep 2010 Reply
  • woodsy2k

    A Songwriting Genius. !!!! Taken from us too soon. R.I.P.

    21 Aug 2010 Reply
  • OSCARCHOICE

    QUE TEMON..............GAYE..............OBRA DE ARTE EN URUGUAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    16 May 2010 Reply
  • strajnic

    Carefully crafted songs!

    20 Feb 2010 Reply
  • slagbank

    This guy was a musical master with melodies to pierce the heart. God rest his soul and thank you CTW for the joy your music brought to me in my younger days.

    1 Aug 2009 Reply
  • the_utopia_me

    hai kamu. aku rindu kamu.

    15 Jan 2009 Reply
  • boop01

    I remember this from when I was sixteen in the 70's many moons ago. It is still very fresh hasn't dated at all. Brings back memories of holiday romances. Lovely

    21 Nov 2008 Reply
  • pitsea

    i love this song

    28 Sep 2008 Reply
  • DPRSLaing

    The Record Company, Virgin Records (new owners), might be advised that making more of Cliff's songs available for Last.FM playing might encourage more sales. Maybe Scullery and Not Waving Drowning?

    24 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    I've got it as Clifford T. Ward with a space after the period

    28 Dec 2007 Reply
  • Windmarbles

    Hmm, do we tag him Clifford T. Ward or Clifford T Ward? nitpicking I know. For some reason I like to listen to this when doing the washing up! Mellow well written songs

    18 Oct 2007 Reply