Cliff Richard

Move It

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By 1958, the British rock & roll scene was still struggling to escape the shadow of its American counterpart. Neither songwriters not performers seemed capable of breaking the stranglehold; they sang with American accents, they covered American hits. And then Cliff Richard burst onto the scene with "Move It" and the Brits never looked back.

"Move It" was written by Ian Samwell, a guitarist with Richard's backing band, the Drifters, while riding on a London bus. A fierce statement of intent, it mocked the doomsayers then prophesying the death of rock & roll, by asking what they hoped to replace it with -- "ballads and calypsos got nothing on real country music that just drives along." Driven by an electrifying guitar riff from session man Ernie Shears, while the band laid down a tight rockabilly riff, "Move It" was an absolute revelation -- so much so that, when the group cut its first ever single with producer Norrie Paramor, "Move It" was selected as the B-side, more as a sop to the youth market than because the veteran Paramor had any sympathy with its sentiments. The A-side was a cover of Bobby Helms' "Schoolboy Crush."

The record was still new in the stores, however, when DJs took to flipping it over and airing "Move It" and, within days, Columbia had followed suit. "Move It" went on to become Richard's first U.K. hit. British rock & roll was born.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Cliff's Hits Album 1963 Toshiba EMI
40 Golden Greats 1979 EMI Music Distribution 2:24
Rock on with Cliff 1980 Music For Pleasure
No Image 1983 EMI Music Distribution
The Rock Connection 1984 EMI Music Distribution 3:06
Rock 'n' Roll Silver/The Rock Connection 1992 EMI Music Distribution 3:06
The Hit List 1995 EMI Music Distribution
Rock 'N' Roll Nonstop Party Mix 1997
Various Artists
ZYX Music 0:52
The Rock 'n' Roll Years 1997 EMI 2:23
40th Anniversary Complete 1999 EMI Music Distribution 2:23
Dance with Cliff Richard 2001 Magic
The Singles Collection 2002 EMI Music Distribution 2:24
The Best of Cliff Richard [EMI America] 2002 EMI Music Distribution 2:22
Cliff Richard/Don't Stop Me Now 2002 EMI Music Distribution 2:17
30 Years of Hits 2003 Blue Powder / Powder Blue 2:21
Best of Cliff Richard [Japan Import] 2003 Toshiba EMI 2:24
The World Tour [DVD] 2004 DPTV Media
The Whole Story: His Greatest Hits 2004 EMI Music Distribution 2:24
The Platinum Collection 2005 EMI Music Distribution 2:24
Two's Company: The Duets 2006 EMI Music Distribution 4:07
21st Century Christmas/Move It 2006 MSI Music Distribution / Liberty
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
The 50th Anniversary Album 2008 EMI Music Distribution / EMD Int'l 2:23
101 Running Songs, Lap 2 2010
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:21
British Rock 'n' Roll Legends [Snapper] 2013 Complete Rock 'n' Roll / Snapper 2:23
Story 2016 ZYX / ZYX Music 2:25
Just... Fabulous Rock 'n' Roll 2016 Sony Music 2:55
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 2:21
Greatest Rock'n'Roll and Twist Hits, Vol. 2
Various Artists
10Ten Media
No Image Labelle
No Image
Various Artists
Move It Complete Rock 'n' Roll / Snapper / Snapper UK 2:23
No Image
Various Artists
Must Have Records
No Image
Various Artists
Must Have Records
Rock 'n' Roll [Bella Musica]
Various Artists
Bella Musica