By Jim Johnson

Cliff Richard joins the retro parade with his next album — which will also mark a milestone occasion. The ITV network says the iconic British rocker has recorded a collection of pre-Beatles-era covers, including three songs made famous by Elvis Presley.

Due November 11th, “The Fabulous Rock ‘n’ Roll Songbook” also includes his take on Little Richard’s “Rip It Up,” Buddy Holly’s “Rave On” and The Everly Brothers’ “Wake Up Little Susie.” But the best known songs aren’t his personal favorites from the album.

Cliff Richard names some favorites on his upcoming covers album:

“One is the old Brian Hyland song ‘Sealed With a Kiss.’ And the other one, is a one that I’m not even sure my record company heard the original. The 1953 song by Johnnie Ray and it was called ‘Such a Night.’ Those two are probably my favorites. But you can’t pick a favorite when you’ve got thousands of rock and roll songs to pick from — and they’re all fantastic. How can I not love… I did three Elvis Presley songs. This man give me the inspiration. Here I am before you because of him. If there was no Elvis, there’d be no Cliff Richard.”

Britain’s first important solo rocker didn’t record the album at Abbey Road — even though many of ’50s and ’60s classics were done there. Instead, he went to Nashville, where he recorded the album live in studio in just two days, and a few weeks to complete overdubs and a several alternate vocals.

As for the milestone, “The Fabulous Rock ‘n’ Roll Songbook” will be Cliff Richard’s 100th album!

Cliff Richard with an overview of his hit-making career:

“People ask me what my favorite song is and it’s really hard to pick that out. How can I compare ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore,’ or ‘Dreaming’ or ‘Miss You Nights’ or ‘Move It’ or ‘Summer Holiday’ or ‘Living Doll’ — they’ve all been phenomenal records for me. But if a Martian landed on the planet and said, ‘What do you do?,’ I wouldn’t try to explain it. I’d play them ‘Devil Woman’ and say, ‘there!'”


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