Sunday, October 04, 2009
Clifford T. Ward: Home Thoughts from Abroad
Back in the early 1970s Radio One DJs had a habit of playing what I regarded as soppy songs by Clifford T. Ward. Most often it was Gaye, which reached no. 8 in the singles chart in 1973.
I find his songs rather touching today. He is certainly a 1970s' singer-songwriter, but there is something awkward and heartfelt about his work that makes in stand out. In this video he also looks like the former school teacher he was and even his name is a little naff.
Before going into teaching he had an unsuccessful shot at pop stardom as the lead singer of Cliff Ward and the Cruisers.
Ward died in 2001 after suffering with multiple sclerosis for many years. The Independent printed his obituary and there is a website devoted to remembering and promoting his work.