On Mon Jun 17 21:54:34 BST 2002, j-p (cunningham) (email@example.com) from 188.8.131.52 said:
Thanks for all the info on CTW. His death has saddened me greatly
I was at the Dublin concert on June 2nd and I have to say that The band School of thought and James Davey just get better and better every time I hear them. As Cliff is no longer with us but his music is, and to a man (or woman) I am sure we agree that the best way of ensuring the man's music never fades away is to redouble our efforts to alert the wider audience as to what they have been missing all these years. Could I make a suggestion along the lines that if we try, side by side, in promoting Cliff's music, we try and promote School of thought and James Davey, as the more people that hear these two acts, the more live exposure we get for Cliff's lifetime work.
Ted O Neill
I loved everything Clifford T ever did and was for ever trying to convert people. Thought I was one of the few but am delighted to know I was one of the many. XXXXX
for many years, his music was a friend and confidante, it was last week that i bought a cd (as i always play vinyl), and was upset to learn of his illness. Tonite i have learned of his passing...I am truly sad. I would have loved to have met him. I suppose i did..through his stories.
Bought 2 cds then went to Greece and it's only now I am back in my old driving job, delivering demo Fords that I can listen to them. For Cliff and his Friends is an astonishing piece of recording, a remarkable record of a moving occasion, the atmosphere tangible in every performance from the moment when James Davey set the mood by singing Heaven as the opener. Passion sets off more trains of thought and emotions about Clifford T'Ward every time I hear it. I would like to review it at length in the next issue of Waves, but now just say thanks to James Davey for giving Clifford his voice again after so many years. This is a very special record. I will always regard it as Clifford T. Ward's requiem, his goodbye to the world of song. It is greater than the sum of its two creators Clifford T.Ward and James Davey, and I think the collaboration between James and Cliff is material for a drama or a musical, and is certainly an epilogue to the Bittersweet story told so brilliantly by Dave Cartwright. I don't know how you did it, James, but we are all grateful to you for this beautiful CD, the perfect farewell from Clifford. It is your finest achievement so far, and must be in many ways a turning point for you. Wherever you go next, I'll be right there with you. Alan Kenworthy.
Nigel Rathbone told me of the site.
I didn't know that Clifford T Ward was dead. Saw the sad new in this page. I was looking for the lyrics of "Wherewithal", a great hit, at least on radio, here in Portugal in the 70's. It's one of my favorite songs. I have a single with it, bought in that time. Clifford will never die because his music it's very sophisticate and will last forever.
I was saddened to hear of Clifford T. Ward's death at the end of last year. However, with his illness, I was not surprised and I think it put him out of his pain (mental or physical).
He was, though, a very bright star, with his simply wonderful imagination coming through in his music. I have Home Thoughts, Mantle Pieces and Singer Songwriter and love each and every track.
We lost a very talented - and extremely underrated - singer/songwriter. May he now rest in peace and be remembered fondly.
I WAS TRAVELING TO BIRMINGHAM QUEENELABET HOSPITAL ON MONDAY THE 8TH JULY 2002 TO VISIT MY WIFE WHO HAS RECENTLY HAD A LIVER TRANSPLANT (FRIDAY). I AM A LISTNER TO RADIO 2 AND AFTER PAUSE FOR THOUGHT ON TERRY WOGANS SHOW ABOUT 9.15AM HE PLAYED WEARWITHALL. AS THIS RECORD IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME BEST I HAD TO TURN THE VOLUME UP AND SING ALONG. I WAS TRAVELING THROUGH WORCESTER AT THIS TIME ALSO GOOD JOB NO ONE COULD HERE ME. I FOUND GREAT COMFORT IN DOING THIS AS IT TOOK A LOT OF PRESURE OFF MY MIND OVER THE WIFE, I DONT WANT TO LOOSE HER YET.
SORRY TO RABBIT ON SO, BUT ITS DONE ME SOME GOOD.
to mourn a passing friend
we wrap ourselves in tender tunes
and dream memories with no end
but vinyl has no warmth
for families, those dear ones
yet his life's moments enrich
in a way we listeners never had
One of my childhood favourites (with Escalator). I wish I could have heard him live. But I am grateful for what he had to say.
Available Now 'PASSION' The latest CD from JAMES DAVEY
3/ Let's Be Fools Again
4/ Give Up This Younger Man
5/ Waiting For The Garda
6/ So Bright
7/ Don't Cry Elaine
8/ I'd Like To Take You Out Tonight
9/ This Was Our Love
10/ Evening (Revisited)
Included on this Great CD are the songs Cliff and James were working on right up to the end. I know that once you have heard this CD you will agree that James has done Cliff proud, as has School of Thought and Rio on the CD 'For Cliff and his Friends'. Both are available only from "The Friends of Clifford T Ward". James £10 +£1 P&P, Cliff £12 including P&P. To order send cheque made payable to "The Friends of Clifford T Ward", Roy Smith, 13 Oakapple Close, Astley Cross, Stourport, Worc's, DY13 0JR.
I have been a CTW fan for over 25 years, and I am very pleased that his music is finally being recognised by a wider audience for it's superb, timeless quality. It pains me that this wider recognition has been postumously endowed, and only wish that Cliff could have seen it for himself. Big thanks to Terry Wogan for playing Cliff's music, and being so sincere when he talks of his work.
I had the pleasure of meeting the great man at the 1995 convention, which had been a lifetime goal of mine, and despite his condition at the time he talked to everyone even though he was visibly exausted by the event.
He may no longer be with us, but he has left his music which will never fade.
I got through on air today to Capital Gold an AM radio station based in London. I was amazed that for an 'Oldies' station they didn't have any of Cliff's songs on their computer. Not even the obvious ones. Please could everyone who posts or reads these messages request to hear the diversity of his music on the radio. A good selling point would be the amazing chart position Cliff achieved in the recent poll. Let's not lose the momentum.
For a lark I entered what i thought was the most obscure name in my record collection. What a delight to see he is remembered by others as well.
I WAS LISTENING TO THE NEW CD BY JAMES DAVEY LAST NIGHT "PASSION" AND I THINK THE NEW SONGS WRITTEN BY CLIFF ARE SUPERB AND ARE AS GOOD AS HOME THOUGHTS ETC. I WOULD URGE EVERYBODY TO BUY THIS CD. MY THANKS TO JAMES FOR HELPING CLIFF, AND THE ARRANGEMENTS ARE EXCELLENT. EVEN THE "RENTA CROWD" IN THE MIDDLE OF PASSION SEEMS TO FIT. THE SAD THING IS THIS IS CLIFF'S FINAL CD, LET'S HOPE THAT SOME LOST TAPES CAN BE FOUND. YOU CAN GET THE CD FROM ROY SMITH. REGARDS MIKE ROSS
Thanks very much a great site. Clifford T Ward has been a great part of my life since I first hear the beautiful sound of 'Gaye' on the radio. Surely it is about time that the definitive CTW album was released. The Best of..... I could think of at least 20 songs for this album. Lets remember CTW at his best and not continue with the release of sub standard albums. What do you think?
Alan, I'm interested in which albums you consider to be sub-standard...
My first visit to you, we all knew Cliff's music but it was the one and only Terry Wogan who brought it all home after the sad events of the great man's death. I am now an avid listener to Cliff's music and will endeavour to find out more about his life and work.
re the alleged "sub standard" cds. it has to be remembered that a record company will only spend time and money cleaning up home recorded work by cliff , if they think they can make a very large profit . i have got the original of john lennon singing real love [ a home recording ] but when you hear the released version in 1995 its sounds fantastic. so lets hope that if there are any recordings of cliffs left that have not been heard and they are of a reasonable quality they will be released , or go to the convention on the 29/9/02 and hear school of thoughts excellent versions of cliffs songs regards mike ross
Clifford T. Ward. His music very amazes me so beautyful and so honest. Very Romantic. I love it.
HAVING SPENT MANY YEARS ENJOYING CLIFFORD T WARDS MUSIC AND BEING INFLUENCED BY HIM IN MY OWN SONGWRITING.
TO ME HE WILL BE SADLY MISSED
I STILL TODAY ENJOY SINGING "HOME THOUGHTS FROM ABROAD" AND IF I SHOULD EVER GET THE CHANCE TO RECORD IT, I WILL DEDICATE IT TO HIM .
CLIFFORD T WARD WILL BE IN MY MEMORY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE
JOHN MILTON 20/8/02
This is not enough space 2 talk about Clifford T. Ward. He is one of those troubadours whose path in life is destined to express joy through music. Up 2 this day "The ways of love" is one of the best songs I've ever heard. Paul McCartney or Elton John just 2 name 2, wouldn't do it better. But the Industry just relays on sales and there isn't much left 2 say. But his work will NEVER b forgotten. He will always b one of my major influences in my own musical work and I only wish his wife can make ends meet. Juca
Like many people I was greatly shocked by Cliff's death but I will always continue to listen to his music. I have recently bought the 'Anthology' Album - I am listening to it now as I write this message ! - the songs are as fresh and vibrant as when I started listening to them from previous Albums. I find them a great comfort in a turbulent world
It is that time of year when our thoughts turn to The Concert of live CTW music at The Gainsbouough House Hotel, Kidderminster.
This year will certainly be a bittersweet occasion because Cliff won't be there but his music still lives and his legacy is for us to enjoy. School Of Thought will again be performing as will Ross Ian & Owen and we hope to coax James Davey out of retirement for just one more performance.
James has been the backbone of the Conventions and Concerts for so many years and his retirement from all public performances will be a great loss to all of his fans. He is one of life's gentlemen and I feel honoured to have enjoyed his aquaintance.
Don't forget to put this date in your diary or stick it under your fridge magnets. SUNDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 12.00 NOON DOORS OPEN, CONCERT BEGINS AT 1.00PM.
All members of 'the friends of Clifford T Ward' are invited to attend an informal AGM at 11.30 am immediately before the concert. Your views on any aspect of the fan club would be appreciated. e-mail me with any suggestions and we will try to answer as many as possible in the time available. I will be standing down as Secretary at the AGM and Nominations for my successor will be welcomed. Please e-mail me with your nomination.
There is to be an auction of rare items of memorabilia during the concert. Roy Smith has scoured the world to come up with some really amazing CTW related stuff. Contact Roy on firstname.lastname@example.org for a full list.
This is also an opportunity for all members to be reminded to pay their annual subscription which is due on 1st October. UK & NI + Channel Islands £12.50, overseas members £15.00 sterling. To save on banking charges we would appreciate cash from overseas members. It costs up to £5 to process overseas cheques.
The Concert is an ideal opportunity to make sure that your CD collection is complete. New CD's from James Davey and The Live Memorial Concert CD will be on sale.
Stephen Bagust, Hon. Sec. 'friends of Clifford T Ward
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