Huddersfield Cliff Richard dead ringer talks life on the road, becoming an honorary Indian American and raising a wolf in Montana

Former Longwood resident, Kytsun Wolfe, will perform in the region for the first time since he left to pursue his entertainer dream

Kytsun Wolfe with the real Cliff Richard

 

He raised a wolf in Montana, was named an honorary member of a native American tribe and became an uncanny Cliff Richard impersonator when only in his 20s.

Now former Longwood resident and performer Kytsun Wolfe is back to take to the stage in the area for the first time.

It’s fair to say that it has been a rather 'unusual' life for the one time Thornhill Road resident, who will grace the boards with his new 50s and 60s inspired musical, Bobby Socks and Blue Jeans, at Halifax’s Victoria Theatre on October 9 following a career that has led him globe-trotting around the world .

Kytsun, 30, discovered his love for singing when he was only three. He entertained his dad’s trucker friends and school pals before moving down south at six-years-old and leaving school at 16 for the starry lights of London, before plying his trade as a 1950s and 60s singer and entertainer at clubs around the country.

“I’m not sure why I started but it turned into a lifelong vocation, even playing to audiences in Tyneside social clubs which were known as the graveyard for performers didn’t put me off-it just makes you a tougher performer.”

But it was an unexpected visit to Cliff Richard’s management offices in London in the late 2000s whilst looking for more work which forged a new route along his journey towards singing fame.

“I went in there and all the staff looked shocked. They said I was the spitting image of Cliff in the 1970s.

“I didn’t know much of his music but I got friendly with one of them and they helped me get a backing band to perform as the Shadows around the country. I even performed at his 50th anniversary tribute show at the London Palladium and got to meet him and he was happy about what I was doing.

“He’s seen the show several times.”

Not just content with getting British crowds on the dance floor, he decided to take a trip to the USA to try his hand at country rock and roll singing.

Yet it was when he took a break from touring and moved to a remote part of Montana that he found himself raising a wolf, Paha Sapa, a pet that became his best friend until it died several years later.

“I trained him up in the woods. For six months it was just me and him and then I let him into my house where we became inseparable.

“I let him sleep in my bed every night and we shared the same dish-we even sometimes both had raw oats for dinner.

“I was so upset when he died that I had him stuffed and brought him back to England in my suitcase.”

It was also in the USA that he earned his greatest privilege, being anointed an honorary member of the Oglala Lakota Indian Tribe of North America by Crazy Horse’s great, great, great grand daughter.

“I was introduced to them by an artist who created art for their community. They asked me to spend an evening with them and asked me about my understanding of life and crazy horse’s ancestor told me she thought I was someone with a white skin but a brown heart and she accepted me as one of their own.

“Even the chief of the Canadian tribe came down to see me and dressed me up in a historic headdress.”

Kytsun is busy touring his first musical, Bobby Socks and Blue Jeans.

“I wrote it three years ago because having played so many clubs, I knew that there was an interest in 50s and 60s music.

“I’ve been all over England with it but it will be the first time I have ever performed back in my hometown, which means a lot to me.

“I’ve been all around the world but wherever I go, Longwood will always be my home.”

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