|Single by Cliff Richard and the Drifters|
|Released||29 August 1958|
|Format||7" single, 78 rpm disc|
|Recorded||24 July 1958, EMI Studios, London|
|Genre||Rock and roll|
|Ian Samwell (A-side)
Sharon Gilbert (B-side)
|Cliff Richard and the Drifters singles chronology|
Cover of 7" vinyl edition of single
|Single by Cliff Richard featuring Brian May and Brian Bennett|
|"21st Century Christmas"|
|Released||11 December 2006|
|Format||CD Single, 7" single|
|Recorded||2006, Abbey Road Studio 2, London|
|Genre||Rock and roll|
00946 379931 2 5 (CD Single)
CLIFFX 217 (7" vinyl)
|Brian May and Brian Bennett|
|Cliff Richard featuring Brian May and Brian Bennett singles chronology|
"Move It" is a song written by Ian Samwell and recorded by Cliff Richard and the Drifters (the UK band that would evolve into The Shadows). Originally intended as the B-side to "Schoolboy Crush", it was released as Richard's debut single on 29 August 1958 and became his first hit record, reaching no.2 on the UK singles chart. It is credited with being one of the first authentic rock and roll songs produced outside the United States.
"Schoolboy Crush", written by Aaron Schroeder and Sharon Gilbert, had already been recorded in the US by Bobby Helms. Cliff Richard and the Drifters recorded their own version, which was intended to be the A-side of their debut single. However "Move It" was heard by producer Jack Good, who insisted that if Richard was to appear on his TV show Oh Boy!, he would have to sing "Move It". The planned single was flipped, and climbed to number 2 in the charts, starting Cliff Richard on a career which included British hits through six decades. His first no.1 record was "Living Doll" in 1959.
Described by Allmusic as "Presley-esque" and by Richard himself as "my one outstanding rock 'n' roll classic", "Move It" was written atop a Green Line 715A bus from Cheshunt in Hertfordshire (where Cliff Richard lived) to central London, by the Drifters guitarist Ian "Sammy" Samwell. He and Cliff were on their way to an audition with Norrie Paramor. A second verse was written by Samwell for the Hank Marvin album Hank plays Cliff in 1995, with Cliff Richard once more providing the vocals. The new version was debuted live at a Royal Variety Performance in front of Queen Elizabeth II that year. Since then, Richard has continued to perform the song with the additional verse.
The Beatles, in an out-take on The Get Back Journals, were recorded playing "Move It" in medley with "Good Rockin' Tonight".John Lennon was also separately quoted as saying, "Before Cliff (Richard) and The Shadows, there had been nothing worth listening to in British music."
Cliff Richard and the Drifters:
In 2006 Richard re-recorded "Move It" with Brian May of Queen on guitar and Brian Bennett of The Shadows on drums. The track was released as the second track on a double A-side CD single alongside "21st Century Christmas". The single peaked on debut at no. 2 on the UK Singles Chart in December. A limited edition 7" vinyl single was also released with "Move It" as the A-Side. The track was included on Richard's 2006 duets album Two's Company.
Richard has re-recorded the song numerous times in both the studio and live. The re-recordings appear on the following albums: