Sir Cliff revealed that he had “more duets” planned for the future, including one with Elaine Paige and another with “the king of harmonies” Tony Rivers.
He also hoped to sing alongside Shania Twain, who he felt had a “tremendous voice”, after she rejected him twice because of a “throat infection” and “being on tour”.
However, Sir Cliff had a plan to record a song alongside his muse, who he claimed transformed him “from plain, old Harry Webb” into a rock and rock star.
He said: “I’d love to do the same on a whole album of his songs. The concept is so exciting to me that I have spoken to his widow Priscilla about it.”
Sir Cliff claimed that The King’s ex-wife, who he was divorced from in 1973, “likes the idea” but only has “some say in the matter”.
He continued: “Sony Music own the rights to all of Elvis’ recordings and they will never let me do it.”
Priscilla told him: “‘If it was down to me, I would say Yes… Because Elvis knew all about his competition.’”
“I can picture it now, with the title across the top in Elvis’ famous font – ELVIS AND CLIFF!”
In what seemed to be a final pitch to record the album, Sir Cliff claimed there would be interest because fans were always split between himself and The King.
He said: “I still meet women of my age today, who tell me, ‘Oh, my sister loved you, but I always used to love Elvis!’ – ‘Ha! Me, too!’ I usually say.
“So maybe it is true – it was always Elvis or Cliff. And I think there would be a market for us duetting.
“My fans loved Elvis – after all, I’ve always given him the credit for my very existence as an artist! Who knows? We might sell a million copies…”
Cliff Richard: The Dream was published by Ebury Press last month and is available here.
Published at Sat, 14 Nov 2020 09:01:00 +0000