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  Nov - 2003  New 'compilation' CD released - 'This Was Our Love' 
  Nov - 2003 'Bittersweet: The Clifford T Ward Story' (Biography) 2nd edition out now!
  May 2003  'Both of Us' 'officially' re-released - first time ever on CD!
  March 2003  'Work In Progress' - new CD of 'alternate takes' of 13 CTW songs
  Late 2002  'Julia and Other New Stories' re-released with 4 additional tracks
  December - 02  Colm Wilkinson records 'Home Thoughts From Abroad'
  September - 02   Two new CDs - Now Available
  11 - July - 02  New (Commercial) CD (Clifford T. Ward - Anthology)
  28 - June - 02  'Home Thoughts From Abroad' fourth most popular song in last 50 years!!!
  22 - Feb - 02  Pastel drawing of Cliff presented to him by the artist, Lynne Castell
  13 - Jan - 02  Cliff's funeral - a few notes by Liz Williams
  15 - Dec - 01  1000th, and final, copy of Cliff's biography sold for £750!!!
  May - 2001  Sir Tim Rice is now patron of 'Friends of Clifford T Ward' 
  11 - Feb - 01  Race Horse Called 'Clifford T Ward'
  17 - Jan - 00  (CTW Biography - a massive success!)

 

Cliff's Funeral
(A few notes by Liz Williams)

Clifford T Ward’s funeral, and cremation, took place on January 2nd 2002. The short service was conducted by a representative from the Humanist Society.

We entered the small chapel to Cliff singing ‘Home Thoughts’.

The service was a celebration of the life and personality of Clifford. Whilst we mourned his untimely death, robbing us of who knows how much, we can be thankful for the rich musical legacy he left us.

Peter Grogan, over from Ireland with his Family, gave a short address. He started by saying that he had come to praise Cliff, not to bury him. He explained that he had been allocated 5 minutes and observed that although he would do his best to keep to the time allowed, he felt that it would have been far easier for Cliff to have given up smoking than for him (Peter) to finish in under an hour. Peter and his Family have been friends of Pat and Cliff and Family for a long time and he was obviously deeply affected. He referred to Cliff as a gentle troubadour and finished his address in Gaelic.

A short address then from Stephen Bagust who apologised at the start for the fact that his shivering was caused by the cold. Stephen, a friend of many years praised Cliff’s humour and high intelligence but he confessed that he had never shared Cliff’s football loyalties. He spoke of Keats’ “Endymion”, Cliff’s favourite poem.

Roy Smith then thanked Cliff for his friendship and music and apologised for the fact that HE was shaking with fear! Roy read out a poem he had composed for Cliff.

Dave Cartwright then movingly read out the parable he had written for the sleeve notes of the CD ‘The Ways Of Love’ and the comparison to Cliff’s journey through life was not lost on us.

We all were then allowed private time for our own thoughts whilst Cliff’s favourite song was played. Randy Newman’s “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today”.

A short final address then from the Humanist society representative. She asked us to talk about Cliff easily even though we miss him. To remember his joy of song which he cared for so passionately. And of course that his legacy of music will live on. She then read Siegfried Sassoon’s “Everyone Sang”. ‘…and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done’.

Pat had then chosen Cliff singing “Heaven” to be the final piece of music.

Clifford Thomas Ward. February 10th 1944 – December 18th 2001

“The pain of grief is the price we pay for love”


If anyone would like to make a donation in lieu of flowers (it was family flowers only) – cheques should be made payable to “Tenbury Hospital League Of Friends” and sent to Tenbury Community Hospital, Worcester Road, TENBURY WELLS, Worcestershire, WR15 8AP. A short note should accompany the donation to say that it is in respect of Clifford T Ward. He received exemplary care there.

I understand that there won’t be a memorial placed at the cemetery at Stourbridge for Cliff. I wonder though if perhaps a tree could be planted there somewhere or a garden seat placed there in his memory. Has anyone any ideas on this?

Liz Williams.
14 Ellerbeck Close, WORKINGTON, Cumbria. CA14 4HY  Tel: 01900 67971
 ctwmusic@tesco.net


 'Cliff Songwriting Again!'

In the months preceding his death, and after fourteen years devoid of song creation, Cliff - expressing himself through James Davey - began songwriting again. Some previously unfinished songs were completed, and three new songs were written. All these songs, recorded by James, are now available on his recently released album, 'Passion' (see below, and the page 'Available Merchandise (and how to get it)' - link on main page).


Sir Tim Rice Is Now Patron of the Fan Club - 'Friends Of Clifford T Ward'

Sir Tim Rice

Being a dedicated 'Clifford T' fan, Sir Tim Rice has accepted to be patron of the fan club. This brings great prestige to the 'Friends', and, it is hoped, will lead to a greater recognition of Cliff's music, with the possibility of even more artists recording his songs.


Place Your Bets on 'Clifford T Ward' (No, we're not horsing around!!)

Clifford T Ward - The HorseIn February (2001) Alan Kenworthy purchased a young race horse (pictured left) which he has named . . . yes, you've guessed it - Clifford T Ward!! It seems it will be around 3 years before the horse is fully trained and ready to hit the big races. However, it does come from a top class pedigree, which includes a Derby winner, and a St Ledger winner ridden by no other than Lester Piggot! So let's hope Cliff's 'name' hits the big-time again!


Two New CDs - Now Available

"FOR CLIFF, AND HIS FRIENDS" - CTW MEMORIAL CONCERT CD

This is a live recording made at the memorial concert which took place in Kidderminster in February 2002, and includes many of Cliff's songs performed by both James Davey, and the band 'School of Thought'. The atmosphere of the day is well and truly captured. It has been regarded by some as the best release of Clifford T. Ward songs this year.

"PASSION" - CTW'S LAST WRITTEN SONGS

This CD collection of CTW songs includes some of the last that he wrote - several of which he and James Davey were working on right up to the last few days, and they are all superbly performed here by James Davey.

Both these CDs are only available through the fan club. For further details, return to the 'Main Page', then follow the link 'Available Merchandise (and how to get it)', then follow the relevant links at the top of that page. Alternatively, you can contact Roy Smith on 01299 825809; or e-mail him at beatles109@hotmail.com .)


Now Available

'Clifford T. Ward - Anthology'

The CD was released in June 2002, and is now available in the shops. It is issued by Cherry Red Records, and the Cat No is: CDMRED 210. The album presents a compilation of songs from Cliff's last 4 albums: Julia and Other New Stories, Hidden Treasures, Bittersweet and The Ways of Love. For further details - follow the link in the 'Album List' on the 'main page'.


'Bittersweet - The Clifford T Ward Story' - a massive success!

On 13 January, 2000, the Kidderminster Shuttle reported that 'Record Collector' had rated the CTW biography among the 10 best 'rock' books of 1999 - placing it alongside books about The Beatles, David Bowie and Elvis Presley. To see a copy of the article - from 'main page', follow the link 'Bittersweet (biography) - Newspaper Articles'.


1000th, and final copy of Cliff's Biography Fetches £750!!!

The 1000th, and final, copy of Cliff's biography (see details above) was put up for auction throughout November and early December (2001), and the successful bidder was Mr. Rob Townsend of London, who bid £750!!! (N.B: There seems some doubt as to whether a second edition of the biography will be published: however, if plans to re-publish do emerge, details will be presented on this site.)


All Cliff's albums now available on CD!

All the albums that are not available in the shops have been copied onto CD from high quality vinyl records (I have the full set, and can testify that the sound reproduction from these is very close to conventional CD quality!). In addition to these, two more CDs have been produced: one carries all Cliff's early recordings with 'The Cruisers' and 'The Secrets', it contains a total of 25 songs and goes by the name of 'Secrets'; and the other carries all his later singles (the recordings that are not on, or are a different version to those on the albums) along with their 'B' sides, it also includes a selection of unfinished songs from Cliff's 'Studio Sessions Tape'. This latter CD contains a total of 22 songs, and is called 'Sidetracks'.

All the above mentioned CDs are NOW available at £8 each ('Secrets' & 'Sidetracks' at £6 each or £10 for the pair), and only from Liz Williams - contact Liz at 14 Ellerbeck Close, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 4HY, UK inc. SAE/IRC. or you can e-mail her at: ctwmusic@tesco.net  (Note: The CD cases now have the appropriate picture inserts. For people who purchased earlier copies - WITHOUT inserts - the relevant inserts can now be purchased from Liz - contact her as above!)


Pastel Drawing of Cliff Presnted To Him By The Artist, Lynne Castell

Pastel Drawing of Cliff by Lynne CastellThis beautiful pastel drawing of Cliff was created by the artist, Lynne Castell - from Weston-Super-Mare, and presented to him at one of the CTW conventions of a few years ago.

(Lynne agreed to 50 copies being produced, framed {frame size: approx. 12.5" x 9"}, and being made available to fans: a limited number are still available - for details, return to the main page, then follow the link: 'Available Merchandise (and how to get it)'.)


Home Thoughts From Abroad fourth most popular song
in last 50 years!!!

June 2002

For the Queen's Golden Jubilee, the BBC - Radio 2 - conducted a survey, over a 3 month period, to discover the most popular songs during the queen's reign. The results were broadcast in a special programme on June 1st hosted by Simon Mayo. 'Home Thoughts From Abroad' was voted 4th! What a pity Cliff is not here to celebrate the result. The BBC Radio 2 web pages give the full results:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/events/jubilee/

An article from the Ananova Web site:

One-hit wonder pips Beatles in Jubilee song poll

A one-hit wonder has been ranked ahead of The Beatles in a Jubilee poll to find the nation's favourite song of the past 50 years.

Clifford T Ward made it to number four in BBC Radio 2's poll for Home Thoughts From Abroad.

The list was fittingly topped by Queen for Bohemian Rhapsody.

The operatic chart-topper was way ahead in the poll which drew more than 14,000 votes.

Second place went to Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade Of Pale. The top 10 features not one song from the past 25 years.

Indeed Robbie Williams's Angels (25) is the only song to appear in the top 50 which was released within the past decade.

Ward died in December at the age of 57 from pneumonia following a long battle with multiple sclerosis. He achieved just one top 10 with Gaye which made it to number eight in 1973.

His high profile in the poll will have been helped by Terry Wogan who often plays his songs on the Breakfast Show. When the poll was launched earlier this year, Wogan named Home Thoughts as his favourite track from the Queen's reign.

He said: "He was a fine and prolific British song-writer and singer and much under-rated. I'd choose this song as my tribute to him."

Simon Mayo will present a full run-down of the poll on Saturday from 2pm to 4pm. The full top 50 is:

1. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody; 2. Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale; 3. John Lennon - Imagine; 4. Clifford T Ward - Home Thoughts From Abroad; 5. Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven; 6. Beatles - Yesterday; 7. Beatles - Hey Jude; 8. Cliff Richard - We Don't Talk Any More; 9. Dusty Springfield - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me; 10. The Hollies - He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother; 11. Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street; 12. Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin; 13. Bee Gees - How Deep Is Your Love?; 14. Cliff Richard - Move It; 15. Duran Duran - Ordinary World 16. Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells; 17. The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset; 18. Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights; 19. Beatles - Let It Be; 20. Derek And The Dominoes - Layla; 21. David Essex - Rock On; 22. Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight; 23. Elton John - Your Song; 24. Chris Farlowe - Out Of Time; 25= Robbie Williams - Angel; 25= Petula Clark - Downtown; 27. Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever; 28. Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water; 29. 10CC - I'm Not In Love; 30. Billy Fury - Half Way To Paradise; 31. The Animals - House Of The Rising Sun; 32. Dire Straits - Sultans Of Swing; 33. Spandau Ballet - True; 34. Rod Stewart - Maggie May; 35. Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel - Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me); 36. The Beatles - She Loves You; 37. Fleetwood Mac - Albatross; 38. Shadows - Apache; 39. Judy Tzuke - Stay With Me; 40. David Bowie - Life On Mars; 41. The Zombies - She's Not There; 42. Elvis Costello - Oliver's Army; 43. Free - Alright Now; 44. The Police - Every Breath You Take; 45. The Who - Won't Get Fooled; 46. Shirley Bassey - Goldfinger; 47. George Harrison - My Sweet Lord; 48. Humphrey Lyttelton - Bad Penny Blues; 49. Matt Monro - Portrait of my Love; and 50. Ultravox - Vienna.

Story filed: 00:13 Saturday 1st June 2002


ANNOUNCEMENT - DECEMBER 2002

COLM WILKINSON RECORDS 'HOME THOUGHTS FROM ABROAD'

As a tribute to Cliff, Colm Wilkinson has recorded, and included on his latest album, 'Home Thought From Abroad'. Following is a brief press release about the album:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Lois Jolson CWAS
http://www.colmwilkinson.net

Colm Wilkinson
http://www.colmwilkinson.com

Some Of My Best Friends Are Songs - Colm Wilkinson Releases New Recording

Toronto, CA - November 2002 - Thirteen is no longer an unlucky number. Colm Wilkinson's CD release comes after a 13-year absence from the recording world. The Irish born singer, raised on the streets of Dublin, infuses raw talent with his renowned polished vocal style.

Colm Wilkinson, the star of Broadway, the West End and the Toronto stage returns to his roots recording old standards set to new arrangements including, Home Thoughts From Abroad, Funny How Time Slips Away, Red Sails In The Sunset, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, and new classics reflecting Colm's talent as a singer songwriter including We Are One and I Cannot Stay. Not to be outdone by Dad, Colm's son Aaron lends his prolific writing talent with Last To Know.

Soon to be a hit, Colm again joins forces with is son, this time in a stirring rendition of Father and Son performed for the first time by a father and son.

Destined to be a treasured recording, Some Of My Best Friends Are Songs will capture your ear and your heart at the same time.

Order now at:

http://www.colmwilkinson.com/fullfill.com

The album is currently only available from several sources across the Atlantic, making the cost a little expensive; however, the CD is to be released in Ireland early in the new year (2003), so will then carry lower P&P costs.  


Now Available

JULIA AND OTHER NEW STORIES - Re-release - Four Additional Tracks! (Late 2002)

Julia and Other New Stories has been re-released by Cherry Red Records. It has four additional tracks, and these are:

Heaven, Who Cares, Jigsaw Girl (acoustic), and Lost In The Flow of Your Love.

All four tracks are different versions from the original releases. This CD is currently available in the shops. CD Number: CDM RED 225.


Recently Released (commercial) CD - Now Available

BOTH OF US - Official Re-release!

In May 2003, Both Of Us, one of Cliff's finest albums, was officially re-released by Cherry Red Records. This is the album's first ever appearance as a commercially available CD. The new release carries an additional track, at the end, on which 'Bittersweet - the CTW Story' author, Dave Cartwright, reads a very touching and poignant excerpt from the book. This track is of a 20 minutes duration. He has also composed, in his usual manner, a wonderful set of notes to accompany the CD, and these are presented on the case insert.

I feel that something also needs to be said about the sound quality improvement on this re-released album: curiously, when I first obtained and played the vinyl L.P., many years ago, I felt that the high frequencies on the recordings were slightly attenuated - leaving the songs lacking the clarity one normally expects from a commercially produced album. I didn't concern myself too much about the matter - thinking that there must be a reason for it: surely the album producers knew what they were doing! On listening to the new CD version, it becomes immediately evident that the recordings, taken directly from the master tapes, have been subjected to an emphasis of the high frequencies (excellent re-mastering by sound wizard, Dave Johnson). Compared to those on the vinyl album, the tracks spring to life with an astonishing crispness, and exhibit a 'presence' that was not evident on the original album: one almost gets the feeling that Cliff is in the room, singing to them personally. In my opinion, this new CD has been produced to the high standard that the original vinyl copy SHOULD have been! The improvement in sound quality is so startling that I would urge everyone to purchase a copy of this re-release - no matter what earlier version of the album they may already have!

This new CD is now readily available in your local shops (Cat. No: CDM RED 228).


The latest (commercial) CD - Now Available

'THIS WAS OUR LOVE'
(A Collection Of 21 Clifford T. Ward Rarities 1968 - 1980)

In November 2003,

This new CD is now readily available in your local shops (Cat. No: CDM RED 245).


Now Available

'WORK IN PROGRESS' - New CD Released By Fan Club (March 2003)

This is a new CD - produced and released by the fan club. It contains 13 CTW songs, essentially from the 'New England Days' era: all are different recordings from the original releases. The CD is only available to fan club members until October (2003). Additionally, fan club members will receive a rare, small, photograph of Cliff performing live. The CD price is £15 (10% discount to fan club members) (plus £1 p&p). For more details (track listing, etc.) return to the 'Main Page', then follow the link 'Available Merchandise (and how to get it)'.


'Bittersweet: The Clifford T Ward Story' (Biography) -
Second Edition out now - November 2003!

The, updated, second edition of Cliff's biography, by Dave Cartwright, was published, in paperback form, in November 2003! For more details, go to the book's web page.


Harry Enfield

Recently, Harry Enfield featured as Simon Mayo's God of the Week on Radio 1, and declared that Clifford T Ward had more talent in his little finger than Noel Gallagher (Oasis singer) had in his entire person.


Kaleidoscope / Fairfield Parlour

Peter Daltrey has written to say that despite 32 years songwriting experience he feels he has yet to write a single song which can hold the proverbial candle to CTW's work. Read his article on CTW on his own Web-site http://home.clara.net/chelsea (there is an active link to his article on my 'Links Page'), and catch the bands site at http://members.madasafish.com/~chelsearecords/sorry1.htm . Peter welcomes e-mail contact. His e-mail address has been added to the 'Penpals' page.


 Available CDs 

There are 8 CDs currently available through your local record shop. These are:

'Gaye and Other Stories' (Compilation album) (Virgin CDVM 9009)

'Home Thoughts' (Cliff's classic album - now on CD) (Virgin CASCD 1066)
          (N.B: Due to a computer error, your record shop may tell you this album is deleted - but it is not! - Virgin Music have confirmed {September '99} that they are still supplying it).

'Singer/Songwriter . . Plus' (re-release of Cliff's debut album) (See For Miles SEECD 418 )

'Julia and Other New Stories'  (Cliff's last-but-three album) (Graduate GRADCD 4)

'Hidden Treasures' (Cliff's last-but-two album - August 1998 - see 'Albums' section for details) (Else CDRPM 0041)

'Bittersweet' (Cliff's last-but-one album - May 1999 - see 'Albums' section for details) (Else CDRPM 0052)

'The Ways of Love' (Cliff's last album - May 2000 - see 'Albums' section for details) (APEX/BMG  CDRPM 0067)

'CTW - Anthology' (Latest album - June 2002 - see 'Albums' section for details) (Cherry Red CDMRED 210)

'Both Of Us' (Official re-release - May 2003 - first time ever on commercially available CD! - see 'Albums' section
                        for details) (Cherry Red CDM RED 228)

'No More Rock 'n' Roll' (More details later)



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