Cliff Richard

The Millennium Prayer

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Looking back, it seemed an obvious juxtaposition -- the lyric to "The Lord's Prayer" grafted onto the tune to "Auld Lang Syne," and released in time for the final Christmas of the 20th century. Certainly Cliff Richard was confident in the potential of the arrangement he worked up with Paul Field, Stephen Deal, Nigel Wright, and Richard -- so confident that, when EMI, his record label for the past 41 years, decreed the song to have no commercial potential and refused to issue it, Richard quit the company and released it instead on his manager's newly formed Papillon.

What happened next was as inevitable as it was deserved. Entering the U.K. chart at the end of November, "The Millennium Prayer" hit number one the following week, remaining in place for the next three weeks. It was Richard's 14th number one in 40 years, and extended his career chart run to a staggering 1,142 weeks.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Best Christmas Album in the World Ever [1999] 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:32
No Image 2000 Roadrunner Records
Now! The Christmas Album 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Virgin
The Singles Collection 2002 Parlophone 4:41
Cliff at Christmas 2003 EMI Music Distribution 4:41
The  Whole Story: His Greatest Hits 2004 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Music
The Best Christmas Album in the World Ever [2004] 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:41
The Platinum Collection 2005 EMI Music Distribution 4:41
Christmas Hits Album 2006
Various Artists
Music Club Records
Healing Love: Songs of Inspiration 2007 Music Mill 4:42
Countdown 2007 Demon
They Said It Wouldn't Last: My 50 Years in Music 2008 EMD Int'l 4:39
The 50th Anniversary Album 2008 EMI Music Distribution / EMD Int'l 3:11
Merry Xmas! [Sony] 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution / Sony Music Entertainment 4:40
75 at 75 2015 Parlophone 4:41
Best Christmas Album...
Various Artists
Phantom Import Distribution
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