b. Clifford Thomas Ward, 10 Feb 1946, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, Britain, d. 18 Dec 2001, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, Britain. Ward typified the first 70s bedsitter singer-songwriter with some albums which were at greatest delightful with most severe mawkish. Ward still left grammar college before A-levels to are a clerk, but by 1962 was fronting regional defeat group Cliff Ward as well as the Cruisers. The group transformed their name to Martin Raynor as well as the Secrets and produced their documenting debut for EMI Information in 1965, before documenting several more monitors because the Secrets for CBS Information. In 1967 Ward enrolled at Worcester instructor training college to review British and divinity, and he trained at Bromsgrove senior high school. His debut record appeared on disk jockey John Peel off’s brave-but-doomed Dandelion Information label in 1972. His second record and his 1st launch for Charisma Information, Home Thoughts, became his finest function and offered him wider reputation. Ward built each song like a full story occasionally with great achievement. The stunning ‘Gaye’ became a UK Top 10 strike but remarkably the more powerful ‘House Thoughts From Overseas’ as well as the infectious and lyrically superb ‘Wherewithal’ didn’t chart. Mantle Items and Escalator included a similar formula of more safe tales just like the small strike ‘Scullery’ with influencing lyrics like; ‘You’re my picture by Picasso, you’d brighten any gallery’. Ward’s refusal to tour and promote his tracks didn’t help endear the vocalist to his record business, nevertheless, and he turned towards the Phonogram Information label for 1975’s FORGET ABOUT Rock ‘N’ Move. In old age although still documenting the occasional recording and still hesitant to execute live, Ward received kudos like a songwriter along with his materials being documented by artists such as for example Cliff Richard, Artwork Garfunkel and Justin Hayward. He was struck down with multiple sclerosis in 1987 and his wellness quickly deteriorated. He were able to record 1991’s vinyl-only recording Chuckle It Off, and close friends and co-workers pieced collectively two even more albums of fresh tracks, out-takes and demos to provide the ailing Ward some monetary assistance. He finally succumbed to pneumonia in Dec 2001.
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