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Clifford T Ward

b. Clifford Thomas Ward, 10 February 1946, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England, d. 18 December 2001, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England. 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.

In later years although still recording the occasional album and still reluctant to perform live, Ward received kudos as a songwriter with his material being recorded by artists such as Cliff Richard, Art Garfunkel and Justin Hayward. He was struck down with multiple sclerosis in 1987 and his health rapidly deteriorated. He managed to record 1991’s vinyl-only album Laugh It Off, and friends and colleagues pieced together two more albums of new songs, out-takes and demos to give the ailing Ward some financial assistance. He finally succumbed to pneumonia in December 2001.
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Change Of Heart

1. It's Better To Believe

2. Taking The Long Way Round

3. Ocean Of Love

4. Gaye

5. My Goddess

6. Both Of Us

7. Mad About You

8. Change Of Heart

9. Jayne From Andromeda Spiral

10. Where Do Angels Really Come From

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Track List: Escalator

1. The Way Of Love

2. Jig-Saw Girl

3. Escalator

4. Trespass

5. We Could Be Talking

6. A Day To Myself

7. Miner

8. Mr Bilbo Baggins

9. Cellophane

10. A Sad Affair

11. Jesus Of Long Ago

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Track List: Mantlepieces (Deluxe Edition)

1. Scullery

2. Not Waving - Drowning!

3. Are You Really Interested?

4. A Sad Cliché

5. To An Air Hostess

6. All Modern Conveniences

7. Wayward

8. Screen Test

9. For Debbie And Her Friends

10. Tea Cosy

11. Scullery (BBC Session 17/12/73)

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Track List: Studio Session

1. Be-Bop_A_Lula

2. Five Quid Lil

3. Sweet Little Sixteen

4. Candy To Me

5. Studio Chat

6. Mad About You

7. Marble Arch

8. Everything's Changed

9. This Is The Stuff

10. Taking The Long Way Round

11. So Bright

12. Only Got Myself To Blame

13. Don't Cry

14. Lost Again

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Track List: Gaye And Other Stories

1. Gaye

2. Wherewithal

3. Cellophane

4. The Dubious Circus Company

5. Not Waving - Drowning!

6. Time The Magician

7. Home Thoughts From Abroad

8. The Way Of Love

9. The Open University

10. Jig-Saw Girl

11. A Day To Myself

12. Nightingale

13. We Could Be Talking

14. Where's It Going To End

15. Crisis

16. Scullery

17. Where Would That Leave Me

18. To An Air Hostess

19. A Sad Affair

20. Miner

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Track List: Both Of Us

1. Still Not Free

2. Messenger

3. Watchin' The TV News

4. Leaving

5. Both Of Us

6. Where Do Angels Really Come From?

7. Contrary

8. Before The World Was Round

9. Waiting For The Garda

10. Change Of Heart

11. Twenty Minutes

12. The Best Is Yet To Come

13. Spoken Word Extract From Bittersweet (The Clifford T. Ward Story)

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Track List: Work In Progress

1. Reckless

2. Losin' After All (Nothin' New)

3. Sal

4. Somebody Stole My Woman

5. You're No Angel

6. So Bright

7. Give Up This Younger Man

8. Someone I Know

9. Detriment

10. If I Had Known

11. Laugh It Off

12. Still Not Free

13. Convertible

14. Before The World Was Round

15. Takin' The Long Way Round

16. Change Of Heart

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Track List: The Ways Of Love

1. Taking The Long Way Round

2. Let's Be Fools Again

3. Gaye

4. Up In The World

5. It's A Nice Day

6. Contrary

7. It's Better To Believe

8. Jesus Of Long Ago

9. Realisation

10. Ocean Of Love

11. Maybe I'm Right

12. Some Uncertainty

13. Fast Sinking

14. Climate Of Her Favour

15. My Goddess

16. Discernible

17. Thinking Of Something To Do

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Track List: Bittersweet

1. Wherewithal

2. End Of Time Tonight

3. Yesterday In Parliament

4. Mad About You

5. Somehow

6. This Was Our Love

7. Jayne From Andromeda Spiral

8. Lady With The Book In Her Hand

9. Escalator

10. It's Such A Pity

11. Evening

12. Naughty Boy

13. Before The World Was Round

14. Last Train Tonight

15. Lost Again

16. Sidetracked

17. Thinking About You

18. Always Think About You

19. Snakes And Ladders

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Track List: Hidden Treasures

1. All That Glitters Is Not Gold

2. Jenny

3. My, My What A Day

4. I'd Like To Take You Out Tonight

5. Wait A Minute You Fool

6. Session Singer

7. Learning My Part

8. Love In The Song

9. The Mule

10. Sympathy

11. The Gloria Bosom Show

12. Sylvie

13. Not To Mention Her Smile

14. Got To Get Into Your Way Of Life

15. Trousers

16. Here's 'Til Then

17. There's No Such Thing

18. Attraction

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Track List: Julia & Other Stories

1. Cliff Richard's Message

2. Heaven

3. Julia

4. Jackdaw

5. The Dancer

6. Sunshine Girl

7. New English Bible

8. Who Cares

9. Marron's Glance

10. Unmarried Mother

11. I Don't Understand Your Logic

12. Heaven Lend A Hand

13. Taking The Long Way Round

14. That's The Way Our Love Goes

15. This Is The Stuff (Stuck In The Lift)

16. Water

17. Marble Arch

18. Give Me One More Chance

19. Sweetness And Light

20. Weather

21. Lullaby

22. Jigsaw Girl (Acoustic)

23. Lost In The Flow Of Your Love

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Track List: Laugh It Off

1. Sunshine Girl

2. April

3. Laugh It Off

4. User Friendly

5. Jackdaw

6. That's The Way Our Love Goes

7. Home

8. Dancer

9. Unmarried Mother

10. Marrons Glance

11. Water

12. Marble Arch

13. I Don't Understand

14. Weather

15. Lullaby

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Track List: Sometime Next Year

1. Prams

2. Who Cares

3. Another Radio Station

4. Quiz Show

5. They Must Think Me A Fool

6. Sometime Next Year

7. Losin' After All (Nothin' New)

8. Stains

9. Turbo

10. Like An Old Song

11. Today In Parliament

12. Lost In The Flow Of Your Love

13. Cricket

14. Laugh It Off

15. April

16. Home

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Track List: Singer Songwriter

1. Coathanger

2. Sam

3. Leader

4. A Dream

5. Anticipations

6. Rayne

7. The Session Singer

8. Carrie

9. God Help Me

10. The Cause Is Good

11. Sympathy

12. Circus Girl

13. You Knock When You Should Come In

14. Sidetracked

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Track List: Anthology

1. It's Such A Pity

2. Naughty Boy

3. My My What A Day

4. All That Glitters Is Not Gold

5. Jenny

6. Learning My Part

7. Love In The Song

8. There's No Such Thing

9. Attraction

10. Evening

11. Escalator

12. Sidetracked

13. Wherewithall

14. Yesterday In Parliament

15. It's A Nice Day

16. Gaye

17. Jayne From Andromeda Spiral

18. My Goddess

19. Ocean Of Love

20. Taking The Long Way Round

21. Thinking Of Something To Do

22. Julia

23. The Dancer

24. Marble Arch

25. Jackdaw

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