On Wed Dec 18 09:11:13 GMT 2002, John Sharp (Scotland JOCK92@HOTMAIL.COM) from 18.104.22.168 said:
Please forgive me for missing out Polly in my previous message.
a year has gone, but we still have our memories, lets be thankful we still have the wonderfull music, and live in the hope, that his talent and his genius will be given the "air play " it deserves. kind regards to pat and family for christmas and the new year. regards mike
To Pat, Debbie, Polly, Martin, and Sam. Just to let you know that you are all in our thoughts today. Cliff would have been proud of the air play which he is receiving in Ireland over the last number of months. Nearly every station both national and local have special tribute sections in their shows today.
Pat, Lize, Aoife and Bronagh Jordan. Carlow, Ireland.
doesn't seem like it has been a year already since clifford died. I have a couple of his CD's and want very much to get the HOME THOUGHTS CD for my collection. just wanted to express the loss we all feel. thanks
Dear Pat, Debbie, Polly, Martin and Sam
I think of you all often, and just want to echo the sentiments of others who have left messages for you today. I wish you peace this Christmas and hope the New Year will herald wonderful happy times ahead for all of you.
With all my love Nigel xxx
Couldn't let the day pass without posting a message on your fantastic website. Playing "Gaye and other Stories" and am reminded of just how brilliant a songwriter he was, and it wasn't until I heard "A Sad Affair" that the tears flowed. Forever missed. Thinking of Pat and Family and wishing you all peace.
It is great to find this website. I am a great fan of CTW. It was only yesterday that I heard 3 of his records played on RTE1 on the anniversary of his death. One of them was the Colm Wilkinson version of "Home Thoughts From Abroad". I have tried to get copies of his albums but a lot of shops in Ireland don't have them. I would like a copy of "Ways of Love". I will try to get it in Dublin after Christmas. Kay
A rare talent who never acheived the fame that he deserved but will be sadly missed who loved his work.
In 1973 I was a "suedehead" 16 yr old "soul boy." Home thoughts from abroad" never heard until late one evening on local radio 1979. In love & smitten by the song.Periodic radio plays invariably invoked powerful emotion & totally relevant to past & present situations. Uncanny. Unaware of Clifford's health problems until death occurred.Once more captivated on hearing Wogan's eulogy after playing the song. Captivated once more. I have just read the lyrics to my recently deceased father on this the first Christmas without him. I type through tears & apologise for my selfishness in always applying this amazing composition of Clifford's to my own circumstances. Now a 45 year old father who will pledge to teach my 3 year old daughter the power of Clifford's words that can affect her "hero" so & ranks easily alongside Smokey, Lennon et al. Thanks for the opportunity to express my gratitude. Happy New Year to you all & Safe Journeys to Clifford & his remaining family
K J Leame (Nottingham UK)
As someone who grew up with great music and sound of cliff and music in the seventies I was saddened to learn of the passing of Clifford T. Ward. Living in Australia it is very hard to obtain his music but what we do have so far is very cherished. Gaye is stiil one of my favorite songs.
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I CAN NOW CONFIRM CLIFF'S SHOW WILL BE ON BBC HEREFORD AND WORCESTER RADIO ON SATURDAY 4th JAN 2003 ON THE MIKE GEORGE SHOW BETWEEN 10am AND 12 NOON, EVERY OTHER SONG WILL BE ONE OF CLIFF'S. THERE WILL ALSO BE 3 CHANCES TO WIN SOME GREAT PRIZES . DON'T FORGET TO PHONE BBC HEREFORD AND WORCESTER TO PLAY YOUR FAVOURITE CLIFFORD T WARD SONG. THIS IS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO GET THIS MUCH AIRPLAY FOR CLIFF'S MUSIC SO LET H&W KNOW HOW MANY CLIFFORD T WARD FANS THERE ARE OUT THERE . I HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU ON SATURDAY.
TAKE CARE ROY
Just wanted to wish a Happy New Year to you all
A Happy and Peaceful New Year to everyone, love Pat.
Have just spent an extremely frustrating hour and a half trying to listen to Cliff's programme on BBC H & W. Only to finally get to a screen that says "The BBC do not currently stream local radio over the internet, but plan to in the future". I would just like to say..."AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!" Would somebody be kind enough to post a review of the show. Many thanks
we would just like to wish a happy and peaceful 2003 to pat and family, roy, stephen, and nigel, and all the friends of cliff hope to see you all at the next convention, all the best for now.love from cliff and yvonne
Dear Cliff and Yvonne
Thank you for your kind wishes, may 2003 be a good year for you and everyone else. Whilst I'm here Mick, just a thought: have seen many petitions on various sites for various causes. Would it be possible to set one up here that could eventually be presented to radio stations to hear more of CTW's music on the radio. Just imagine over a period of time with the amount of hits your site gets what that could mean?! Thank you for your excellent site and continued support for him.
Thanks for your suggestion, Nigel, but I think if a radio station received a petition containing many names, the DJ would respond with something like: 'If these people want CTW music playing why don't they send in requests?', and therein lies the answer: we really need to be sending in our 'individual' requests - not petitions. Regards, . . . Mick.
just heard "home thoughts" again, thank god for radio 2. so glad i found this site.
Thanks for your response. I agree you have a good point. Although I feel that just requesting on an ad hoc basis over the years by individuals hasn't always yielded the desired result. I doubt very much if the radio stations have much of a selection of Cliff's work apart from the obvious of course. Perhaps 'petition' isn't quite right, but something to let them know that there are a lot of people out there who enjoy Cliff's music after all 42191 visitors to your site is an impressive following by anyone standards. Kind regards Nigel
what a great pity I have only recently become aware of cliffs moving songs. how beautiful they are, such a talented person c.t.w. was, a loss to us all, and a great inspiration to anyone who enjoys writing poetry. I will continue to collect his music,and I send my deepest sympathy to cliffs wife and family, you all must be very proud of him.
chris and peter sambrook.
What a wonderful songwriter and so sad that he's now not with us. Hopefully his success won't stop here. He deserves to be widely listened to and enjoyed - a very rare talent indeed.
About 30 years ago a friend gave me a vinyl "Home thoughts from abroad" LP. I always thought it was good.About 16 years later whilst driving home one night in very heavy rain with the wipers going at full speed "THE TRAVELLER" came on unexpectedly causing me to cry so much that I could hardly see to drive. No other song has had that effect on me.
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On the 21st March 2003 there will be a new CLIFFORD T WARD cd out called "WORK IN PROGRESS" it will have 12 tracks (and i ain't gonna tell you what they are, rotton swine aren't i ). It will be priced at £15 IT WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE TO FAN CLUB MEMBERS. If you wish to reserve your copy please send a cheque to:
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Please make cheques payable to "The Friends of Clifford T Ward".
Take care Roy
That is not fair Roy Smith!
I am wondering why CTW's music CDs are not more availale on amazon.com or E-Bay so that fans abroad have more access to purchase with a credit card? Please....
A very good point Shameena. I guess if enough people start requesting them, we will see the likes of 'Amazon' and others stocking Cliff's CD's. Let's hope they eventually succumb to "Pester Power" :-). Prior to this, the record companies need to throw their support behind his albums.Perhaps it's a 'chicken and egg' situation?
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