Life of a legend
Sir Cliff Richard marks 60 years in show business in a special documentary
Unbelievably it’s 60 years since Sir Cliff Richard stormed up the charts with debut single Move It at the tender age of 17.
Since then, he has had UK chart hits in six consecutive decades – from Devil Woman to festive favourites such as Mistletoe and Wine – has starred in films including the 1963 classic Summer Holiday, and even now, at 78, still packs out venues on his live tours.
In this intimate documentary, cameras go behind the scenes with the legendary singer for six months as he celebrates his 60th anniversary, launches his new album, Rise Up, and looks back at the important moments of his career.
‘My first No.1, Living Doll, and receiving my knighthood are highlights,’ says Cliff. ‘I’ve had the most wonderful songs written for me over the years and there’s no doubt that the writers have played a major part in my success.’
However, he also credits his devoted fans with being the key to his longevity.
‘I’m still having sell-out concerts after 60 years.
Who’d have thought it? Not me!’ says Cliff. ‘But I’ve always enjoyed the rapport and the excitement of live shows and meeting fans there.’
Cliff also reflects on his challenges over the last few years following allegations of sexual offences that have since been dropped, and how he is now trying to move on.
‘I’ll never forget the trauma of those years but they are in my past,’ he says.
‘Touring has been a great start to recovering from a stressful time. Family, friends and fans have shown me love and support. I’m back!’
Classic Cliff… With Hank Marvin, promoting Summer Holiday and receiving his knighthood Still singing… Cliff in concert