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Sir Cliff at 80: The Peter Pan of pop’s career in pictures

Sir Cliff Richard, one of the UK’s most successful and influential musicians, is celebrating his 80th birthday.

Despite now being classed as an octogenarian, the veteran star shows no sign of slowing down and this month will release a new album and an autobiography.

Sir Cliff burst on to the scene in the late 1950s and alongside his backing band The Shadows was the dominant force in British pop music before the arrival of the Beatles.

He remains enormously successful, his longevity meaning only the Fab Four and Elvis Presley have sold more records than him in UK chart history.

To celebrate his 80th birthday, the PA news agency takes a look back at his life in pictures:

The Young Ones: This picture, taken in India in 1947, shows a smiling Sir Cliff with sisters Jacqui and Donna

Cliff Richard And The Shadows new album

Sir Cliff is one of the most successful musicians ever and is pictured here at the outset of his career after topping the charts with single Travellin’ Light in 1959

Music – 21st Birthday – Cliff Richard – London

An early slice of success: Sir Cliff (3rd from left) celebrates his 21st birthday in 1961 with The Shadows, who watch on while he cuts the cake

SHOWBIZ Eurovision

Towards the end of the decade – 1968, to be precise –  Sir Cliff was the UK’s Eurovision entry with Congratulations. He lost by one point to the Spanish entry, La La La

Music – Cliff Richard – Wembley Stadium

Fast forward to 1989, and a sprightly Sir Cliff prepares to celebrate 30 years of stardom with a special concert at Wembley Stadium, his first performance at the venue

Diana Princess of Wales – London’s Royal School of Music

Sir Cliff bows as he meets Diana, Princess of Wales at London’s Royal School of Music after she attended a Christmas event at the Royal Albert Hall in 1991


Arise, Sir Cliff! The veteran entertainer described receiving his knighthood in 1995 as one of the proudest moments of his glittering career

WIMB Sir Cliff/tennis players

In 1996, before Wimbledon had a retractable roof on Centre Court, Sir Cliff entertained the crowd after rain stopped play

Charity tennis Cliff & Sue

Into the new millennium for this February 2000 snap and an ageless Sir Cliff lives up to his Peter Pan of pop reputation while seated with Sue Barker at a charity tennis tournament

Cliff Richards’ 50th Anniversary Lunch

Sir Cliff marked half a century of success in 2008 while attending his 50th anniversary tribute lunch at The Dorchester hotel in London

Cliff Richard 75th Birthday Tour – Birmingham

Sir Cliff, wearing a glittering silver jacket, showed age is just a number as he took to the stage in Birmingham during his 75th birthday tour

Cliff Richard court case

An anguished Sir Cliff, pictured in July 2018, was awarded more than £200,000 in damages after winning his High Court privacy battle against the BBC

Sir Cliff Richard, one of the UK’s most successful and influential musicians, is celebrating his 80th birthday.

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