Cliff Richard

It's All in the Game

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Cliff Richard's 25th successive U.K. hit single, in August 1963, "It's All in the Game" was originally written in 1912 by Chicago banker (and future U.S. Vice President) General Charles Gates Dawes, as "Melody in a Major." An earlier version by American Tommy Edwards had already topped the British chart in 1958; Richard's gentle rendition climbed to number two, remedying the "Is Cliff Slipping"-type headlines which greeted the lowly (number four) placing achieved by its predecessor, "Lucky Lips." In America, it became his third hit, reaching number 25, although hopes that it marked the beginning of a fine romance were not to be. Richard would not climb so high again for another 13 years.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1964 Epic
No Image 1965 EMI-Columbia
40 Golden Greats 1979 EMI Music Distribution 3:12
Love Songs 1981 EMI 3:13
Cliff Richard 40th Anniversary, Vol. 2: 1962-64 1996 EMI Music Distribution 3:12
40 Years of Hits in Holland 1998 EMI Music Distribution 3:12
40th Anniversary Complete 1999 EMI Music Distribution 3:12
The Singles Collection 2002 EMI Music Distribution 3:12
30 Years of Hits 2003 Blue Powder / Powder Blue 3:11
Best of Cliff Richard [Japan Import] 2003 Toshiba EMI 3:13
Sings the Standards 2003 EMI Music Distribution 0:00
The Whole Story: His Greatest Hits 2004 EMI Music Distribution 3:12
The Platinum Collection 2005 EMI Music Distribution 3:13
The 50th Anniversary Album 2008 EMI Music Distribution / EMD Int'l 3:12
75 at 75 2015 Rhino 3:12
Stronger Through the Years 2017 Rhino / Warner Music 3:13