Clifford Thomas Ward,1944年出生于英国伍斯特郡,民谣歌手,唱作人,60年代初期短暂的组建了一支叫做Cliff Ward and The Cruisers的乐队,不久解散后就开始了他的个人事业,他的作品被许多知名艺人唱过,例如Cliff Richard, Jack Jones, Art Garfunkel, 和Judy Collins,1984年,Clifford Thomas Ward不幸患上了多发性硬化症,但他仍然坚持在自己的工作室录音,直至2001年去世
In 1968, following the demise of The Secrets, Ward decided he needed to get a 'real job', and so spent the following three years at a teacher training college, ultimately finding employment at nearby Bromsgrove High School, teaching English and drama. In his spare time, he continued songwriting and recorded his first solo album Singer Songwriter.
His first album, Singer Songwriter, was released in 1972 on Dandelion Records (a label formed by the late disc jockey John Peel) just before it went into liquidation. As a result, the album received little media coverage and went largely unnoticed. Signing a new contract with Charisma Records, Ward went on to have a hit with the haunting single Gaye. It sold over a million copies worldwide and reached number 8 in the UK Singles Chart in June 1973.
In July 1973, following the success of Gaye, Ward's second album Home Thoughts achieved healthy sales and reached number 40 in the UK Albums Chart. At this point, wanting to concentrate on music full time, he gave up the teaching profession. He made a rare public appearance in August, performing Gaye on Top of the Pops. In January 1974 Ward entered the singles chart again at number 37 with Scullery, a track from his third album Mantle Pieces.
Subsequent singles, notably No More Rock'n'Roll, Jigsaw Girl, Ocean of Love, and I Got Lost Tonight (written by US singer-songwriter Tim Moore, one of the very rare occasions when he recorded outside material) were much loved by BBC radio presenters and programmers but Ward never made it into the UK charts again. It was said that he would have had more commercial success were it not for his dislike of touring, public appearances, interviews and photo shoots. The Best Is Yet To Come, from the album Both of Us, enjoyed success when covered by Justin Hayward, and his songs were also recorded by Cliff Richard, Jack Jones, Art Garfunkel, and Judy Collins. He was compared to Paul McCartney by reviewers and his songs have strong melodies and concise, original lyrics.
03. The Dubious Circus Company
05. Where Would That Leave Me
06. The Traveller
07. Home Thoughts from Abroad
08. Where's It Going to End
09. Time, The Magician
10. Give Me One More Chance
11. Cold Wind Blowing
12. The Open University