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Cliff Richard fumes as Absolute Radio 60s bans hits

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By John Glenday | Reporter

November 16, 2011 | 2 min read

Ageing crooner Sir Cliff Richard has accused producers at the planned period radio station Absolute Radio 60s of erasing him from history – after they expunged his hits from their playlist.

Deeming 60s tracks such as the Young Ones and Summer Holiday to be uncool presenter Pete Mitchell explained: “His songs don't fit the cool sound of the swinging sixties we're trying to create on our new station.

“We believe timeless acts of the decade that remain relevant today are The Beatles, The Stones, The Doors and The Who - not Sir Cliff.”

Richard reacted to the news with fury however, stating: “What they're doing is they're lying to themselves, and more importantly they're lying to the public.

He continued: "I don't think that DJs should play only the things they like.

“They should play what the public like, and if you've got a No1, it means your record is more popular than any other record in the charts, so you deserve airplay.

“So, as I say, I don't expect airplay, but I deserve fair play.

“Don't forget, my last big No1 was banned by all radio stations, and we sold 1.3 million in five weeks, so what's radio doing? Why are they getting it so wrong?”

Absolute Radio 60s launches on November 22.

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