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#37: RAZZLE DAZZLE
(Charles Calhoun)
1962

This classic Bill Haley hit was recorded by Cliff at Abbey Road Studios on 12 July 1962 but not made available till three years later with the release of the Cliff Richard album in April 1965. The song became an integral part of Cliff's act during 1962, and a great live version of it was recorded at a concert at the ABC Kingston, Surrey, England on 7 March 1962. This show remained unheard in EMI's vaults for 40 years before finally being officially released in 2002.

Throughout the 1962 British tour (which lasted from 16 February to 31 March) Cliff opened his second-half act with Do You Wanna Dance and kept up the pace with Razzle Dazzle and Dim Dim The Lights yet another Bill Haley classic which he incorporated into his live act at the time! He had also performed Razzle Dazzle on BBC Radio's 'Saturday Club' on 31 March 1962.

The quality of the recording is fair/ middling without too much radio interference.

MC: a lively enough effort, with boisterous group vocal support, but not in the same league as the Kingston performance.



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