(Colombo) The British pop icon, 66 year old Sir Cliff Richard ended the Sri Lankan leg of his ‘Here and Now Tour’ with a sell out concert in Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka. The pop star has left Sri Lanka for the Maldives on Monday 26th February.

Cliff Richard began the South East Asian leg of his ‘Here and Now’ tour in Hong Kong, and has had massive sell out concerts in Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Japan and a stunning performance in Sri Lanka. The star will embark on
the South African and European parts of the tour which will take him to more than ten cities by the end of March 2007.

Cliff Richard who burst into the world of popular music with his first British rock n’ roll number one hit in 1958 has proved a real favourite with fans right across South Asia and this goes back to the 1950s.

The legendary Radio Ceylon broadcaster Vernon Corea and other Radio Ceylon announcers made Cliff Richard a household name – right across the Indian sub-continent –
from his very first hit ‘Move It’ in 1958. Radio Ceylon played his hits from 1958 and his music reached a whole new audience in South Asia. Thousands of Indian listeners used to write in to Radio Ceylon requesting Cliff’s songs. Radio Ceylon had no other rival, in terms of radio listenership in South Asia in the 1950s and 1960s.

According to news reports from Colombo, Vernon Corea was one of those presenters who promoted Cliff Richard’s music on Radio Ceylon from 1958. He became the BBC’s Ethnic Minorities Adviser in the 1970s.

There are references to Sir Cliff Richard on two blogs written in memory of the pioneering Radio Ceylon broadcaster. Vernon Corea, the BBC Radio London presenter died in 2002.

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