T'PAU's flame-haired frontwoman CAROL DECKER is convinced SIR CLIFF RICHARD
attempted to sabotage her career - simply because he took a light-hearted joke
The feisty CHINA IN YOUR HAND singer angered the pop veteran while
presenting an honour at the prestigious IVOR NOVELLO music awards during her
band's 1980s heyday when she jokingly ridiculed a comment he made before she
Richard had told the singer it was better to give out prizes than receive
them - a philosophy Decker mocked at the podium, sparking widespread
She remembers, "I was planning what to say when presenting an award when
Cliff started talking to me. I'd been joking about how I'd been nominated for
five BRIT Awards and never got one, and it was a similar story with the
Novellos and I felt
it was about time I was given one.
"Cliff said, 'It's much better to give than to receive, Carol,' which made
me yawn. I went out and said, 'It's a pleasure to present this award and, as
Cliff was saying to me earlier, it's much better to give than to
receive...which we all know
"It went down a storm but Cliff was livid. He didn't get it was a joke -
he's got no sense of humour."
Decker, 47, suspects the housewife's heart-throb became vindictive after
the slight and convinced the BBC to deny her any publicity after she performed
at PRINCESS DIANA memorial concert in 1998.
She adds, "The BBC was interviewing everybody except me. I think Cliff
made sure nobody spoke to me and I got no coverage even though I was one of
the major performers."